10 John Muir Quotes That'll Inspire You to Explore America’s Great Outdoors


A leaf, a flower, a stone - the simple beauty of nature filled John Muir with joy.

Born April 21, 1838, Muir has become America's most famous naturalist and conservationist. He shared his love of the outdoors through writing and inspired people to protect our country's wild places like Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Sequoia & King’s Canyon national parks -- earning him the nickname the Father of the National Parks. His passion for these special places fueled the formation of the National Park Service, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year.

Muir’s words still inspire countless visitors to experience America’s great outdoors, and now’s the perfect time to get outside and start exploring your public lands. Visit all national parks for free during National Park Week from April 16-24. Get inspired with a few of our favorite John Muir quotes:

“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

Bright morning sunlight bathes a deep lake and canyon in King's Canyon National Park.
Kings Canyon National Park by David Palefsky (www.sharetheexperience.org).

“Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life.”

Rays of sunlight piece through redwoods trees.
Redwood National and State Parks by Jessica Watz (www.sharetheexperience.org).

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”

The Grand Canyon expands across the horizon in a soft sunset.
Grand Canyon National Park by Robert Shuman (www.sharetheexperience.org).

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees.”

The sun's reflection vibrantly paints Rocky Mountain National Park.
Rocky Mountain National Park by Malcolm Boshier (www.sharetheexperience.org).

“Another glorious day, the air as delicious to the lungs as nectar to the tongue.”

A rocky outcrop overlooks an expanse of open sky in Shenandoah National Park.
Shenandoah National Park by N. Lewis, National Park Service.

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” 

A stream rushes over moss-covered rocks under trees in autumn in Great Smoky Mountains National Parks.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Charles Wickham (www.sharetheexperience.org).

"How glorious a greeting the sun gives the mountains! To behold this alone is worth the pains of any excursion a thousand times over.”

Jagged mountains in Grand Teton National Park, blanketed by sunlight, poke up into clouds.
Grand Teton National Park by Robert Buman (www.sharetheexperience.org).

“The snow is melting into music.”

The snow-covered mountain tops of Denali National Park rise out of the horizon like looming giants as a van drives below them.
Denali National Park by Jose Torres (www.sharetheexperience.org).

“Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

The sun embraces Yosemite's massive rock faces, deep valley, and pristine waterfall as clouds part overhead.
Yosemite National Park by Perry Foutch (www.sharetheexperience.org).

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising.”

The sun's rays bring life to a blooming meadow while Mt. Rainier stands guard.
Mount Rainier National Park by Danny Seidman (www.sharetheexperience.org).

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