Thank you SO much for sharing your State Parks photos and memories with us! It is always a treat to see where our friends like to visit, explore, and unwind.
Although we received many breathtaking photos, we chose three winners that especially inspired us to race to our desks and create a tribute poster in honor of that park.
Below you will find the winning photos as well as a few of our favorite entries. Be sure to check the American National Monuments & Natural Wonders collection each month to see if your favorite state park gets poster-ized. Enjoy!
Smith Rock State Park (Oregon)
Photo by: JP Gisclair
"The stop at this state park was one of many on a two week trip around Oregon and northern California. On this particularly beautiful sunny day, we left Columbia River Gorge stopping at Painted Hills National Monument before arriving at Smith Rock State Park where we hiked the Misery Ridge trail. The climb up was indeed miserable though the surrounding scenery provided ample fuel to keep pushing us forward. This photo of the towering rock spire reflected in the Crooked river was taken on the backside of the trail at which point our legs had a chance to recover."
(Illustrated poster version shown at top)
Watkins Glen State Park (New York)
Photo by: Kristin & Jarrett Chapman
"So many beautiful waterfalls fill this park and the surrounding region. Each season promises a new spectacular perspective, so lace up those hiking boots!"
Mono Lake Tufa Nature Reserve (California)
Photo by: Rachel Carroll
Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada)
Photo by: Stephanie Pacheco
Nehalem Bay State Park (Oregon)
Photo by: Morgan Lewis
Adirondack State Park (New York)
Photo by: Lisa Cohn
Pismo State Beach (California) // Roxborough State Park (Colorado)
Photos by: Sarah Smail
Antelope Canyon // Monument Valley (Arizona)
Photos by: Britton Meade
Oswalt West State Park (Oregon)
Photo by: Morgan Lewis
Palouse Falls State Park (Washington)
Photo by: Jen Basile
Reelfoot Lake State Park (Tennessee)
Photos by: Michael White
Spooner Lake State Park (Nevada)
Photo by: Lynne Beatty
Huntington Beach State Park (South Carolina)
Photo by: Seth Berry
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve (California)
Photo by: Andy Nguyen
Split Rock State Park (Minnesota)
Photo by: Lucas Smith-Horn
Grayson Highlands State Park (Virginia)
Photo by: Maggie Rust