The Mountain West region belongs on the short list of areas in the United States to visit. This is primarily because of the national parks which are among the beautiful in the country. The states included are Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. Below are my favorite places in the region along with links to the photo albums for each state.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Not actually a canyon, but a series of natural amphitheaters containing the largest number of geological pillars, known as hoodoos, in the world. While you can enjoy a jaw dropping view from a number of points along the rim, it is worthwhile to hike into Bryce Amphitheater to see the colorful rock formations up close. Click here for my full guide to visiting Southern Utah (which also includes Zion National Park).
Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier National Park was formed by the advance and then retreat of glaciers during the last ice age, resulting in stunning mountains, valleys and lakes. The Many Glacier area (pictured above) has multiple hikes to see the wildlife and some of the remaining glaciers. Also worthwhile is a drive on the Going-to-the-Sun Road which climbs over the continental divide to connect the west and east sides of the park.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Known for it's many geothermal features, Yellowstone National Park sits on top of one the largest supervolcanoes in the world. While its geysers and hot springs may be what comes to mind, the pinnacle of America's first national park is actually the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (pictured above).