Weekend Escape: Pinnacles National Park conjures volcanic magic

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The Times' Mark Boster spent a year photographing one of the nation's most visited and majestic national parks. Here are highlights from his journey. Share your photos of Yosemite
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Ariz.
Devils Tower National Monument, Wyo.
Cabrillo National Monument, Calif.
Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
Colorado National Monument, Colo.
Arches National Park in Utah
Black Rock Desert in Nevada
The Spiral Jetty, Utah
The Wave, Arizona
Paso Robles, California

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