National Park Webcams

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From Glacier National Park, the Lake McDonald webcam, March 27, 2015

Before we went to Glacier in Montana last summer, I was already poring over webcam images featured on the park’s NPS website. Traveling there increased the frequency of my habit. Now, when I open one of my internet browsers, my home page is the Glacier webcam site. Some days, I’ll check it several times, just because. As a result, I’ve got a wide variety of webcam images saved on my computer. Each one is fascinating in its own way, and sometimes I have to stop myself from saving every one I see.

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Compare, for example, this webcam image from December 11, 2014, to the one above. Then, take a look at the one below to see what the lake looks like when it isn’t reflecting the entire world.
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September 5, 2014

Luckily, NPS makes it easy for anyone to develop this habit through a consolidated list of their park webcams.

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Webcam image: Two Medicine, in Glacier National Park, February 17, 2015

There are actually two separate lists.

First, you can check out a map of NPS Air Quality Webcams. Here, you’ll find cameras for 18 parks, from Volcanoes to Denali, Big Bend to Acadia.

You’ll find an additional 22 links on this Department of the Interior list, which has some park overlap, but no image overlap, from the first list.

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The Apgar Lookout webcam, above the fog in Glacier National Park, October 31, 2014. Take a look at the next photo to see what’s beneath it!
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Apgar Lookout in the snow, with Lake McDonald below to the right, January 21, 2015

To my delight, they added (brought back?) the Many Glacier cam this spring. Being able to take a glimpse into the goings-on of the park is like a small daily gift. Thanks to NPS and those gorgeous Montana skies, it’s one that keeps giving and giving.

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Many Glacier webcam, May 25, 2015

You’ll  find that occasionally, some of the park webcams are down for maintenance (sad face), but that’s okay; there are plenty from which to choose. So go ahead, click on one and re-visit a park you’ve seen before, or check out somewhere you’ve never been!

North Cascades National Park, WA, which I'll visit in late July.
Image from the air quality webcam this June 14: North Cascades National Park, WA, which I’ll visit in late July. That air quality’s looking pretty good to me!
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