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Explore YOUR Parks
Arches National Park The United States is fortunate to have an abundance of beautiful parks to visit such as National Parks. Putting it all together, there are over 390 sites that the National Park Service maintains. To top that off, there are hundreds of sites by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and so much more! Whether you are on the west coast, the east coast, in the rockies or located in the midwest, there are more than enough opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy one of these magnificent parks. Finding a park is easy. You can find a park through our Park Locator pages by alphabet and find them on maps. Parks offer everything from wonderful hiking trails, photography and wildlife viewing opportunities, to stargazing or even boating. There is so much to do at any one of these parks and it’s a fantastic way to spend time with the family. Great for all ages, educational and most of all, the serenity of parks makes for a very relaxing experience.
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The Mighty 5
The Mighty 5 National Parks of Utah - Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion National Parks.
The Mighty 5.
Road Trip Planning
Looking to plan a scenic trip? Check out our Trip Planning to get some ideas to help you put together your own route. So pack your bags, load up the car and start exploring by taking a vacation to one of these amazing destinations! See the Routes
The Grand Circle
Mileage: Approximately 1187 miles.
Points of Interest: Zion & Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef & Grand Canyon, Arches & Canyonlands National Federal Parks, Monument Valley Tribal Park. The Grand Circle
East Coast & Smokies
Mileage: Approximately 2100 miles.
Points of Interest: From Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah to Cape Hatteras, this road trip has enough variation to keep any car traveler happy. East Coast & Smokies
Northern California
Mileage: Approximately 1300 miles.
Points of Interest: Muir Woods & Lava Beds, Redwood & Crater Lake, Point Reyes National Seashore & Lassen Volcanic National Park. Northern California Road Trip
Yellowstone & Arches
Mileage: Approximately 1300 miles.
Points of Interest: Yellowstone & Grand Teton NP's, Dinosaur & Timpanogos, Arches & Canyonlands. Yellowstone Arches
Hotel Reservations
Finding a place to stay couldn't be easier. Find hotels located conveniently to your destination so you can plan your stay before you take your next trip. Remember, it is always wise to book in advance, lodges and hotels can fill up quickly in or near your favorite parks.
Hotels
Nature & Wildlife
Ground SquirrelAre you interested in viewing wildlife during your next trip to the US National Parks? Are you planning a trip based primarily on wildlife viewing? Here a couple great ideas if wildlife viewing is top on your list for your next trip...
Nature and Wildlife
Activities
We will be introducing new content for major activities like hiking, backpacking, cycling, mountain biking, photography and wildlife viewing. Why topics like cycling and mountain biking? We have a soft spot for these two sports and in many areas in or around national parks, monuments, state parks, etc., cycling and mountain biking are some of the best ways to get to know the great outdoors.
Activities
History
Our National Treasures
On March 1, 1872, President Grant signed the bill into law, establishing the Yellowstone region as a public park and setting a major conservation precedent. The Nation had its first US National Park; an area of exceptional beauty was set aside for the enjoyment of generations to come, and a tradition of preserving similar areas was established. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower the first national monument in 1906. There are over 390 spectacular park units to be explored across America so isn't it time to pack your bags and go on an adventure?
Quick Facts
National Park System
- The first National Park established, Yellowstone in 1872
- Largest NP, Wrangell-St. Elias NP and Preserve, Alaska
- Smallest Site, The Thaddeus Kosciuszko N. Memorial
- Number of acres of NPS stewardship land, 79 Million
- Percent of the US in the National Park System, 3.6
- Number of acres managed by the NPS, 84.6Million
- Largest NP in contiguous 48, Death Valley, 3.3M Acres
- 58 US National Federal Parks, 74 National Monuments
- Number of National Park System Units, 391
- 3,565 Miles of US National Scenic Trails
- 4 National Parkways managed by the NPS
- 12,250 Miles of Unpaved Trails
Yosemite

National Park

Yosemite National Park Yosemite National Park embraces a spectacular tract of mountain-and-valley scenery in the Sierra Nevada, which was set aside as a national park in 1890. The park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls, meadows, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the world's largest living things... Yosemite
White Sands

National Monument

White Sands National Monument Here, great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert and have created the world's largest gypsum dune field. The brilliant white dunes are ever changing: growing, cresting, then slumping, but always advancing... White Sands
Devils Tower

National Monument

Devils Tower The nearly vertical monolith known as Devils Tower rises 1,267 feet above the meandering Belle Fourche River. Once hidden below the earth's surface, erosion has stripped away the softer rock layers revealing Devils Tower... Devils Tower
Badlands

National Park

Badlands National Park Badlands National Park consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires blended with the largest, protected mixed grass prairie in the United States... Badlands
Canyonlands

National Park

Canyonlands National Park Canyonlands is sliced into these three areas by the Green and Colorado rivers. Beautiful vistas and overlooks have kept park visitors in awe for many years. Canyonlands is still an untrammeled and quiet mass of canyons that often appeal to the more rugged of hikers, 4 wheel drivers and mountain bikers... Canyonlands
Dinosaur

National Monument

Dinosaur It is here that the Yampa River, the last natural flowing river in the Colorado River System, joins the Green River. This is home and critical habitat for the endangered peregrine falcon, bald eagle, Colorado pike, minnow and razorback sucker... Dinosaur
Sunset Crater

National Monument

Sunset Crater Billowing ash, falling cinders, and forest fires blackened the land and the daytime sky. At night, the horizon glowed fiery red. A large fire fountain, accompanied by lightning and a tremendous roar, could be seen and heard for hundreds of miles... Sunset Crater
Rocky Mountain

National Park

Rocky Mountain Established on January 26, 1915, Rocky Mountain NP is a living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. With elevations ranging from 8,000 feet in the wet, grassy valleys to 14,259 feet at the weather-ravaged top of Longs Peak, a visitor to the park has opportunities for countless breathtaking experiences and adventures... Rocky Mountain
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