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  • ARCHES NATIONAL PARK: The 2008 desert estate in Moab, Utah, is listed at $1.55 million.

    ARCHES NATIONAL PARK: The 2008 desert estate in Moab, Utah, is listed at $1.55 million.
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  • SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK: The 2007 Craftsman-style house in a gated community in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is listed at $2 million.

    SMOKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK: The 2007 Craftsman-style house in a gated community in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is listed at $2 million.
    Courtesy of Bruce McCamish

  • HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK: Located near the Haleakala National Park and the National Tropical Botanical Garden at Kahanu, the contemporary island retreat is listed at $5 million.

    HALEAKALA NATIONAL PARK: Located near the Haleakala National Park and the National Tropical Botanical Garden at Kahanu, the contemporary island retreat is listed at $5 million.
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  • OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK: Spring Lakes Farm, a 184-acre farm near Olympic National Park, is listed at $1.5 million.

    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK: Spring Lakes Farm, a 184-acre farm near Olympic National Park, is listed at $1.5 million.
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  • ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK: The 2008 log home in Grand Lake, Colorado, is listed at $1.2 million.

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK: The 2008 log home in Grand Lake, Colorado, is listed at $1.2 million.
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  • EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK: The 1999 waterfront Mediterranean-style home in Key Largo, Florida, is listed at $1.8 million.

    EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK: The 1999 waterfront Mediterranean-style home in Key Largo, Florida, is listed at $1.8 million.
    Courtesy of Sally Stribling

  • YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK: The 1985 log cabin home on Hebgen Lake is listed at $2.45 million.

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK: The 1985 log cabin home on Hebgen Lake is listed at $2.45 million.
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By Kathy Orton
The Washington Post

Many of us have visited national parks while on vacation, awed by their grandeur and natural beauty. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to wake up to such a breathtaking landscape every day?

You never tire of it, says Leslie Bergman, who along with her husband, Ron, owns Spring Lakes Farm near the Olympic National Park in Washington.

"The experience of living here is something much larger than ourselves, and we always wake with a sense of wonder and awe, which has never diminished," she said. "It's irresistible to live out here and not be outside, even standing on our front porch. We're in a glacial carved valley, and we're completely ringed by mountains. Just to stand out there with a cup of coffee, it's really transformative. It's transformative for your coffee as well."

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK: Built in 1990, the shingle-style cottage on the Maine coast has 623 feet of ocean frontage and spectacular views of Thrumcap Island and the Schoodic peninsula. It is listed at $4.1 million.
ACADIA NATIONAL PARK: Built in 1990, the shingle-style cottage on the Maine coast has 623 feet of ocean frontage and spectacular views of Thrumcap Island and the Schoodic peninsula. It is listed at $4.1 million. - Courtesy of Kate Sfeir Photography

People who live near national parks are treated each day to natural wonders that can include majestic mountains, sparkling lakes, arid deserts, lush forests and an array of wildlife.

"That's one of the best things about living out here: Every landscape is devastatingly beautiful," Bergman said. "Olympic National Park is unique in that way. It's not just mountains. It's wild rivers with salmon, it's rapids, it's waterfalls, it's glacial peaks, it's wild mountains and wild beaches."

She and her husband have been visiting Olympic National Park their entire lives, but they bought Spring Lakes Farm a little more than a decade ago when they were looking to buy a farm in the area.

"This was the first and last one that we came to," she said. "We knew the minute we walked on the property … that this was the place. We just didn't have to look any further."

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: Located on the south fork of the Merced River and surrounded on three sides by national park land, the 1954 cabin was remodeled and expanded in 2011. It is listed at $1.4 million.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK: Located on the south fork of the Merced River and surrounded on three sides by national park land, the 1954 cabin was remodeled and expanded in 2011. It is listed at $1.4 million. - Courtesy of WalkIn Photography

Their farm was homesteaded in 1894. Through most of its existence, it has been a working farm. The couple practice sustainable farming techniques, raising free-range chickens and beef cattle and growing vegetables in ways that protect the environment. They purposefully built their pastures to create byways for a herd of Roosevelt elk that regularly traverse their property.

"This year we've had a large herd come through, 50 animals, lots of cows with nursing calves," Bergman said. "After they are done nursing, they race around and skip around. It's really fun to watch. We've really had this great access to a lot of natural phenomenon that a lot of folks don't have."

The Bergmans, who live on the west side of the national park at the foot of the Olympic Mountains, like to take advantage of all the park has to offer. They enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, beachcombing and kayaking.

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK: The house was designed by award-winning architect Jim Choate and built by Aaron Taylor in 2006.
MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK: The house was designed by award-winning architect Jim Choate and built by Aaron Taylor in 2006. - Courtesy of Coldwell Banker Heritage House Realtors

"We expect to keep coming back no matter where we live," she said.

Living near a national park allows a homeowner an escape from everyday life and a chance to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that living among nature provides. In many ways, it's like always being on vacation.

"It's really difficult to convey in words what it is like to live out here," she said. "There's so much going on out here that makes it a wonderful place to live and I think that has contributed to our quality of life. I wouldn't have traded this period of time in my life for anything else."

If natural wonders in your backyard appeal to you, we have some homes to show you. With the help of realtor.com, we've rounded up a dozen houses for sale near national parks. So whether you are seeking the subtropical wilderness of the Everglades or the glacial landscape of Alaska's Lake Clark, the lush forests of the Smoky Mountains or the arid desert of Arches National Park, there is a national park for you to call home.

LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK: Located in the remote fly-in community of Port Alsworth, Alaska, the 1989 prow-front wood-frame home is listed at $349,000.
LAKE CLARK NATIONAL PARK: Located in the remote fly-in community of Port Alsworth, Alaska, the 1989 prow-front wood-frame home is listed at $349,000. - Courtesy of Bay Realty Alaska
Grand Teton National Park

120 N. Split Creek Road, Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001

Price: $8.95 million; Price per square foot: $1,060

7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms

Square footage: 8,441

Lot size: 10.15 acres

Features: At the foot of the Tetons, surrounded by protected land with wildlife and horses as neighbors, Prospectors Mountain Lodge at Split C Ranch is a 6,041-square-foot log lodge and a 2,400-square-foot renovated bunkhouse. The lodge has Montana moss rock chimneys, an outdoor fireplace, heated floors and a wine room. The forested property, which runs along the Snake River passage, features two streams and a spring-fed pond with wild cutthroat trout.

Acadia National Park

120 Schooner Head Road, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

Price: $4.1 million; Price per square foot: $751

5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

Square footage: 5,457

Lot size: 15.6 acres

Features: Built in 1990, the shingle-style cottage on the Maine coast has 623 feet of ocean frontage and spectacular views of Thrumcap Island and the Schoodic peninsula. A gated entrance and long, paved driveway leads to the home. The 10-room house has four stone fireplaces, hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings and ocean views. Two second-floor master suites have oceanside decks. The wraparound deck has a grill and hot tub.

Mesa Verde National Park

40465 Road G, Mancos, Colorado 81328

Price: $1.78 million; Price per square foot: $393

4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

Square footage: 4,521 Lot size: 81 acres

Features: Located in the Mancos River valley, the contemporary home was designed by award-winning architect Jim Choate and built by Aaron Taylor in 2006. The home has vaulted ceilings and jalousie windows. The kitchen has Douglas fir cabinetry and a cut-steel dining table. The master bedroom has a walkout balcony and a Swiss-style fireplace. The land includes a large pond and full mineral rights. A general aviation air strip can be added to the property, allowing for private planes to land.

Lake Clark National Park

L7 B14 Keyes Pt., Port Alsworth, Alaska 99653

Price: $349,000; Price per square foot: $194

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Square footage: 1,800

Lot size: 2.7 acres

Features: Located in a remote, fly-in community, the 1989 prow-front wood-frame home can only be reached by float or wheel plane. Large panes of glass frame the spectacular views of the Lake Clark and the Alaskan Range. The home has vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, a wood stove, a sauna and a wraparound deck. The property includes waterfront access with a dock. Lake Clark is known for its sockeye salmon. The yearly HOA fee is $375.

Smoky Mountain National Park

1140 Lightning Bug Way, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738

Price: $2 million; Price per square foot: $437

3 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms

Square footage: 4,578

Lot size: 1.03 acre

Features: With its 360-degree mountain views, the 2007 Craftsman-style house in a gated community takes advantage of its location. Its living spaces are oriented toward Mount LeConte, the highest peak in the Smoky Mountains. The home has 3,000 square feet of outdoor living space on two levels. The interior has a variety of textures -- craggy stone, sleek maple floors and rugged Douglas fir beams and columns. The great room has a vaulted ceiling and a soaring stone fireplace.

Olympic National Park

237477 W. Highway 101, Port Angeles, Washington 98363

Price: $1.5 million; Price per square foot: $525

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Square footage: 2,856

Lot size: 184 acres

Features: The original deed to Spring Lakes Farm was granted to homesteader Charles Wood in 1894. The 1922 farmhouse has wood beam ceilings and a stone fireplace. The property also includes a two-bedroom, two-bathroom manufactured home, a historic cedar barn, a garage and a greenhouse. The working farm has beef cattle, free-range chickens and fresh vegetables. The property includes forest, pastureland, wetlands, ponds and a stream with deeded water rights.

Arches National Park

3354 Red Rock Drive, Moab, Utah 84532

Price: $1.55 million; Price per square foot: $373

5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Square footage: 4,154

Lot size: 3.1 acres

Features: Sharp lines and soft curves define this 2008 desert estate in a gated community. Nearly every room in the home offers spectacular views of red rocks and mountain peaks. The kitchen has a circular, timbered ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows. Sheets of glass in the master suite frame sweeping panoramic vistas. Just off the master suite is an indoor/outdoor shower with dual shower heads and river rock accents. The property includes a swimming pool and a three-car garage.

Yosemite National Park

7975 Forest, Yosemite National Park, California 95389

Price: $1.4 million; Price per square foot: $881

2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Square footage: 1,588

Lot size: 1.52 acres

Features: Located on the south fork of the Merced River and surrounded on three sides by national park land, the 1954 cabin was remodeled and expanded in 2011. The home has two river-rock fireplaces with gas inserts and original knotty pine floors in the living room. Outdoor spaces include an expansive redwood deck with a built-in grill and gas fire pit, a quartzite patio and an observation deck. The property features 296 feet of river front beach.

Haleakala National Park

1840 Hana Hwy., Hana, Hawaii 96713

Price: $5 million; Price per square foot: $1,633

2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Square footage: 3,061

Lot size: 558 acres

Features: Located near the Haleakala National Park and the National Tropical Botanical Garden at Kahanu, the contemporary island retreat is tucked into the mountainside. The estate includes a main house and a two-bedroom, two-bathroom guest cottage. The main house has wood-beamed ceilings and large panes of glass that frame panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and mountains. The diverse topography features countless pools and waterfalls.

Rocky Mountain National Park

121 County Road, Grand Lake, Colorado 80447

Price: $1.2 million; Price per square foot: $158

5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms

Square footage: 7,609

Lot size: 0.83 acre

Features: The 2008 log home has two living areas plus a loft, vaulted ceilings, two stone fireplaces and a large wet bar. The roomy deck features a fire pit and sweeping views of the countryside. In addition to the large two-car garage, there are two garages to store snowmobiles and four-wheel vehicles as well as a workshop. The property is near lakes and snowmobile trails.

Everglades National Park

9 S. Exuma Road, Key Largo, Florida 33037

Price: $1.8 million; Price per square foot: $478

5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

Square footage: 3,760

Lot size: 0.19 acre

Features: The 1999 waterfront Mediterranean style home has a 70-foot brick-paved dock with direct access to the ocean. The dock has boat lifts and a boat elevator. A double-gated driveway clad in old Chicago brick leads to a double covered breezeway and porte cochere. The brick paved courtyard has a heated pool and spa. The master suite is on the top level of the home and has a private balcony with ocean views. Reefs for deep sea fishing or diving can be reached in five minutes by boat.

Yellowstone National Park

17 Rainbow Pt. East, West Yellowstone, Montana 59758

Price: $2.45 million; Price per square foot: $1,300

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

Square footage: 1,884

Lot size: 10 acres

Features: The 1985 log cabin home is on Hebgen Lake, considered one of the best still-water fishing lakes in Montana. The lakefront parcel has a sandy beach and a boat dock. Water skiing, fly-fishing and kayaking are among the many water activities that can be enjoyed. The home has a warm, woodsy interior with tall ceilings and large panes of glass that offer views of the mountains and lake. Pine trees promote privacy. The property is 10 miles from the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park.

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