These Photos of the National Parks Make Us Want to Get Outside

We caught up with the team that made a 3D IMAX movie about the National Parks. Their stills will drop your jaw.

We told you about how there is a new 3D IMAX film playing now about the the National Park Service in honor of 100 years of the park system.

The movie, produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films and narrated by Robert Redford, is a trek through vastly different climates and geographic faces of the National Park Service that follows three friends through their climbing, skiing and hiking adventure across the parks.

As a bonus, the filmmakers shared with us some of the still image outtakes from the movie, and while we reviewed the images, we found ourselves dreaming of packing gear and heading off for adventures. Here are a few of our favorites, since these shots are too good not to share.

Half Dome in Yosemite National Park—always a favorite.

The Sapphire Pool steams in Yellowstone's Biscuit Basin.

The sun rises over Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon; this massive lake was formed less than 8,000 years ago when a volcano caldera collapsed.

Lake Mary, in Glacier National Park, holds reflections of mountains, wildlife and blue sky.

Professional freeride mountain biker Eric Porter makes an appearance to help the team bike through Moab, Utah.

Conrad Anker, Max Lowe and Rachel Pohl in Canyonlands National Park in Moab, Utah. 

Look closely and you can recognize why this adorable rock formation is called the Three Penguins. You'll find it in Arches National Park; the movie's cast summited it for this great shot.

Sunrise over a hoodoo formation (sometimes also called goblin formations) within Bryce Canyon National Park.

Bryce Canyon has over 2,000 known arches—so many that they do not all have names.

Devils Tower National Monument juts out of the surrounding Wyoming land, standing over 800 feet high.

Hundreds of cracks in the tower face have created vertical columns. Here, Conrad Anker uses two of the columns and a variation on the climbing technique of "chimneying" to ascend to the top of the monument.

Rachel Pohl on the climb up Devils Tower National Monument. An accomplished climber, skier and adventurer, she's also an artist.


The cast and crew camped in sub-zero temperatures on the frozen Lake Superior within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

The cast explored a hidden cave after passing this frozen waterfall.

Conrad Anker goes ice climbing at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, on Michigan's Upper Peninsua.

(All images courtesy MacGillivray Freeman Films)