National Parks

Death Valley National Park Photo of Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park

There are nearly 60 sites in the United States that claim the status as "National Park". There are hundreds of National Park Service sites in the US that include National Historic Parks, National Historic Sites, National Preserves and much more. Below is a list of the designated "National Parks" of the US. If you'd like to see more NPS sites to explore, you can find them in our park locator or by alphabet.

National Parks in the United States

Acadia

Maine

Atlantic coast shoreline, mixed hardwood and spruce/fir forest, mountains, and lakes, as well as several offshore islands.

Arches

Utah

Arches National Park preserves over two thousand natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. In some areas, faulting has exposed millions of years of geologic...

Badlands

South Dakota

Located in southwestern South Dakota, 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.

Big Bend

Texas

Big Bend merges natural environments from desert to mountains. It is a place where south meets north and east meets west, creating a great diversity of plants and animals.

Biscayne

Florida

The 10,000 year human history of the place reflects its temperamental nature. Some days, Biscayne Bay's shallow waters are glassy smooth, other times, the wind whistles and whips, creating white waves.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Colorado

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison's unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock scouring down through hard Proterozoic crystalline rock.

Bryce Canyon

Utah

At Bryce Canyon National Park, erosion has shaped colorful Claron limestones, sandstones, and mudstones into thousands of spires, fins, pinnacles, and mazes.

Canyonlands

Utah

Canyonlands National Park preserves a colorful landscape of sedimentary sandstones eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries.

Capitol Reef

Utah

The Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known as a monocline, extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Capitol Reef National Park was established to protect this grand and colorful...

Carlsbad Caverns

New Mexico

Established to preserve Carlsbad Cavern and numerous other caves within a Permian-age fossil reef, the park contains 100 known caves, including Lechuguilla Cave the nation's deepest limestone cave at 1,567 feet (478m) and third longest.

Channel Islands

California

Comprised of five in a chain of eight southern California islands near Los Angeles, Channel Islands National Park is home to a wide variety of nationally and internationally significant natural and cultural resources. The park consists of 249,354 acres...

Congaree

South Carolina

The monument rests on a floodplain of the Congaree River and is not a true swamp. This remnant preserves the largest intact tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest in the United States.

Crater Lake

Oregon

Crater Lake is widely known for its intense blue color and spectacular views.

Cuyahoga Valley

Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley National Park protects 33,000 acres along the banks of the Cuyahoga River. The winding Cuyahogathe "crooked river," as named by American Indiansgives way to rolling floodplain, steep valley walls and ravines, and lush upland forests.

Death Valley

California

Death Valley National Park has more than 3.3 million acres of spectacular desert scenery, interesting and rare desert wildlife, complex geology, undisturbed wilderness, and sites of historical and cultural interest.

Denali

Alaska

Denali National Park and Preserve features North America's highest mountain, 20,320-foot tall Mount McKinley. The Alaska Range also includes countless other spectacular mountains and many large glaciers. Denali's more than 6 million acres also encompass...

Dry Tortugas

Florida

Seven islands, composed of coral reefs and sand, are called the Dry Tortugas. Along with the surrounding shoals and waters, they make up Dry Tortugas National Park. The area is known for its famous bird and marine life, and its legends of pirates and sunk...

Everglades

Florida

Spanning the southern tip of the Florida peninsula and most of Florida Bay, Everglades National Park is the only subtropical preserve in North America. The park is known for its rich bird life. It is also the only place in the world where alligators and...

Gates of the Arctic

Alaska

By establishing Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve (GAAR) in Alaska, Congress has reserved a vast and untouched area of superlative natural beauty and exceptional scientific value - a maze of glaciated valleys and rugged mountains covered with...

Glacier

Montana

Glacier preserves over 1,000,000 acres of forests, alpine meadows, and lakes. It is home to over 70 species of mammals and 260 species of birds. The spectacular glaciated landscape is a hikers paradise.

Glacier Bay

Alaska

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve provides opportunities for adventure, a living laboratory for observing the ebb and flow of glaciers, and a chance to study life as it returns in the wake of retreating ice. The park has snow-capped mountain ranges...

Grand Canyon

Arizona

One of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world, Grand Canyon is unmatched in the incomparable vistas it offers to visitors on the rim.

Grand Teton

Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park protects stunning mountain scenery and a diverse array of wildlife. Rising over 7000 feet above the valley known as Jackson Hole, the Teton Range dominates the parks skyline.

Great Basin

Nevada

Great Basin National Park includes streams, lakes, alpine plants, abundant wildlife, a variety of forest types including groves of ancient bristlecone pines, and numerous limestone caverns, including beautiful Lehman Caves.

Great Sand Dunes

Colorado

Nestled in southern Colorado, North America's tallest dunes rise over 750 feet high against the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The wind shaped dunes glow beneath the rugged backdrop of the mountains.

Great Smoky Mountains

North Carolina and Tennessee

World renowned for the diversity of its plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, and the depth and integrity of its wilderness sanctuary, the park attracts over nine...

Guadalupe Mountains

Texas

This mountain mass contains portions of the world's most extensive and significant Permian limestone fossil reef. Also featured are a tremendous earth fault, lofty peaks, unusual flora and fauna, and a colorful record of the past. Guadalupe Peak, highest...

Haleakalā

Hawai'i

The Park preserves the outstanding volcanic landscape of the upper slopes of Haleakala on the island of Maui.

Hawai'i Volcanoes

Hawai'i

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses diverse environments that range from sea level to the summit of the earth's most massive volcano, Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet.

Hot Springs

Arkansas

Congress established Hot Springs Reservation on April 20, 1832 to protect hot springs flowing from the southwestern slope of Hot Springs Mountain. This makes it the oldest park currently in the National Park System.

Isle Royale

Michigan

Wolves and moose, the wild North Woods forest, everchanging weather and a cool climate, and the crystal clear waters and rugged shoreline of Lake Superior characterize Isle Royale National Park.

Joshua Tree

California

Two deserts, two large ecosystems whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation, come together at Joshua Tree National Park. The Colorado Desert encompasses the eastern part of the park and features natural gardens of creosote bush...

Katmai

Alaska

Katmai is famous for volcanoes, brown bears, fish, and rugged wilderness and is also the site of the Brooks River National Historic Landmark with North America's highest concentration of prehistoric human dwellings (about 900).

Kenai Fjords

Alaska

The Kenai Fjords reflect scenic icebound landscapes in which salt spray mixes with mountain mist. Located on the southeastern Kenai Peninsula, the national park is a pristine and rugged land supporting many unaltered natural environments and ecosystems.

Kobuk Valley

Alaska

The park povides protection for several important geographic features, including the central portion of the Kobuk River, the 25-sqaure-mile Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, and the Little Kobuk and Hunt River dunes.

Lake Clark

Alaska

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a composite of ecosystems representative of many regions of Alaska. The spectacular scenery stretches from the shores of Cook Inlet, across the Chigmit Mountains, to the tundra covered hills of the western interior...

Lassen Volcanic

California

Lassen Volcanic became a national park in 1916 because of its significance as an active volcanic landscape. All four types of volcanoes in the world are found in the park. Over 150 miles of trails and a culturally significant scenic highway provide access...

Mammoth Cave

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave National Park was established to preserve the cave system, including Mammoth Cave, the scenic river valleys of the Green and Nolin rivers, and a section of south central Kentucky.

Mesa Verde

Colorado

The archeological sites found in Mesa Verde are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States. Mesa Verde National Park offers visitors a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people.

Mount Rainier

Washington

The park contains Mount Rainier (14,410'), an active volcano encased in over 35 square miles of snow and ice, and outstanding examples of old growth forests and subalpine meadows.

North Cascades

Washington

North Cascades National Park includes jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and over 700 glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains three park units, all of which offers different experiences.

Olympic

Washington

Glacier capped mountains, wild Pacific coast and magnificent stands of old-growth forests, including temperate rain forests -- at Olympic National Park, you can find all three.

Petrified Forest

Arizona

Petrified Forest features one of the world's largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood. Also included are the multi-hued badlands of the Chinle Formation known as the Painted Desert, historic structures, archeological sites and displays...

Pinnacles

California

Rising out of the chaparral-covered Gabilan Mountains, are the spectacular remains of an ancient volcano. Massive monoliths, spires, sheer-walled canyons and talus passages define millions of years of erosion, faulting and tectonic plate movement.

Redwood

California

Redwood National and State Parks are home to some of the world's tallest trees: old-growth coast redwoods. The parks' mosaic of habitats include prairie/oak woodlands, mighty rivers and streams, and 37 miles of pristine Pacific coastline.

Rocky Mountain

Colorado

The park exhibits the massive grandeur of the Rocky Mountains. Trail Ridge Road crosses the Continental Divide and looks out over dozens of peaks that tower more than 13,000 feet high. The high point on Trail Ridge Road is 12,183'. .Longs Peak, the highes...

Saguaro

Arizona

This unique desert is home to the most recognizable cactus in the world, the majestic saguaro. Saguaro cacti provide their fruits to hungry desert animals. They also provide homes to a variety of birds. With an average life span of 150 years, a mature...

Sequoia and Kings Canyon

California

These two adjoining parks protect immense mountains, deep canyons, huge trees, and stunningly diverse habitats. Sequoia and Kings Canyon share miles of boundary and are managed as one park.

Shenandoah

Virginia

Shenandoah National Park lies astride a beautiful section of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which form the eastern rampart of the Appalachian Mountains between Pennsylvania and Georgia.

Theodore Roosevelt

North Dakota

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in the colorful North Dakota badlands and is home to a variety of plants and animals, including bison, prairie dogs, and elk.

Virgin Islands

U.S. Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands National Park's hills, valleys and beaches are breath-taking. However, within its 7,000 plus acres on the island of St. John is the complex history of civilizations...

Voyageurs

Minnesota

The park represents some of the oldest exposed rock formations in the world. The topography of the park is rugged and varied; rolling hills are interspersed between bogs, beaver ponds, swamps, islands, small lakes and four large lakes. Voyageurs...

Wind Cave

South Dakota

Wind Cave National Park preserves one of the world's longest and most complex caves and 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest, and associated wildlife.

Wrangell-St. Elias

Alaska

The park-preserve includes the continent's largest assemblage of glaciers and the greatest collection of peaks above 16,000 feet. The site is characterized by remote mountains, valleys, wild rivers, and a variety of wildlife.

Yellowstone

Montana, Wyoming and Idaho

Geothermal wonders, such as Old Faithful, are evidence of one of the world's largest active volcanoes. After exploration Congress decided that the area known as Yellowstone needed to be protected and preserved.

Yosemite

California

Yosemite National Park harbors a grand collection of waterfalls, meadows, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the world's largest living things.

Zion

Utah

Protected within the park's 229 square miles is a dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs.

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The North Cascades have long been known as the North American Alps. Characterized by rugged beauty, this steep mountain range is filled with jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and glaciers. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas.
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Badgers are animals of open country. Their oval burrows (ten inches across and four to six inches high) are familiar features of grasslands on sandy or loamy soils of the eastern plains or shrub country in mountain parks or western valleys.