First published as a series of essays in The Atlantic Monthly, John Muir's Our National Parks contains Muir's renderings of some of the most picturesque national parks in America. Throughout his life, Muir traveled across the entire United States, from California, Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico, all the while documenting his experiences in the American wilderness. This collection contains Muir's notes on such parks as Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Sequoia and General Grant National Parks and the American Forests. In a time when industrialization was gaining a stronghold in the mentality of many Americans, these works played an important role in changing American perception of wilderness conservation. Muir's literary style is at once inspiring and prophetic, and it helped spur on American interest in the environment. This book is invaluable for anyone interested in Muir's life and travels, nature conservancy and preservation, natural history or the geography and ecology of the United States.