US National Parks Map

National Parks in the US are the breathing spaces, far away from the hustle-bustle of our mundane city lives. Visit these places of healing, inspiration, and peace to be one with nature. The national parks in the United States provide you with a wide array of choices to connect with nature in different seasons and terrains. They are perfect as vacation getaways, field trips for schools, festive fun, a place for educators, a tranquil place to be with yourself and family, and lots more.

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US National Park

In the words of John Muir, who is known today as the Father of the National Parks, "wildness is a necessity”. Thousands of vacationers and families visit national parks in the United States to get the good tidings of nature by hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and fishing.

The United States is known for the spectacular variety of its natural landscapes, also available in many valleys of the national parks. The captivating scenery and rugged charm of its many natural attractions are best witnessed in the 58 national parks and nature preserves that dot the country.

  • There are currently 62 national parks in the US. They are visited by around 300 million visitors every year for enjoyment, education, and inspiration.
  • The National Park Service (established by an act of the US Congress) operate these parks.
  • The first National Park of the US and also the world is Yellowstone, which is located in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho. It was the first-ever natural area that was designated as a National Park by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872.

Many other natural areas from different US states have been added to the list of National parks since then.

What are the National Parks in the US?

Not every natural place qualifies as a National Park. It must meet certain criteria such as:

  1. The concerned area must have a unique natural, cultural, or recreational resource.
  2. The place must need protection from the National Park Service.
  3. The concerned natural place must be able to be protected.

How many National Parks in the US

The 62 national parks are spread across 30 US states and 2 American territories (American Samoa and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Most of the national parks are located in 4 US States:

  1. California - 9 National Parks
  2. Alaska - 8 National Parks
  3. Utah - 5 National Parks
  4. Colorado - 4 National Parks

List of National Parks by State         Download PDF  download
Name of ParkStateCountyCoordinatesAreaRecreation Visitors (2014)Date established as ParkNearest city
AcadiaMaineHancock / Knox counties44.35°N 68.21°W47,389.67 acres (191.8 km2)25,63,129February 26, 1919Bar Harbor
American SamoaAmerican SamoaNA14.25°S 170.68°W9,000.00 acres (36.4 km2)13,953October 31, 1988NA
ArchesUtahGrand County38.68°N 109.57°W76,518.98 acres (309.7 km2)12,84,767November 12, 1971Moab, Utah
BadlandsSouth DakotaJackson, Pennington, and Oglala Lakota counties43.75°N 102.50°W242,755.94 acres (982.4 km2)8,68,094November 10, 1978Wall, South Dakota
Big BendTexasBrewster County, Texas29.25°N 103.25°W801,163.21 acres (3,242.2 km2)3,14,102June 12, 1944Alpine
BiscayneFloridaMiami-Dade County25.65°N 80.08°W172,924.07 acres (699.8 km2)5,25,745June 28, 1980Homestead
Black Canyon of the GunnisonColoradoMontrose County38.57°N 107.72°W32,950.03 acres (133.3 km2)1,83,045October 21, 1999Montrose
Bryce CanyonUtahGarfield37.57°N 112.18°W35,835.08 acres (145.0 km2)14,35,741February 25, 1928Tropic, Panguitch
CanyonlandsUtahSan Juan, Wayne, Garfield, and Grand38.2°N 109.93°W337,597.83 acres (1,366.2 km2)5,42,431September 12, 1964Moab, Utah
Capitol ReefUtahWayne, Garfield, Sevier, and Emery counties38.20°N 111.17°W241,904.26 acres (979.0 km2)7,86,514December 18, 1971Torrey
Carlsbad CavernsNew MexicoEddy County32.17°N 104.44°W46,766.45 acres (189.3 km2)14,97,889May 14, 1930Carlsbad
Channel IslandsCaliforniaSanta Barbara County & Ventura County34.01°N 119.42°W249,561.00 acres (1,009.9 km2)3,42,161March 5, 1980Santa Barbara
CongareeSouth CarolinaRichland County33.78°N 80.78°W26,545.86 acres (107.4 km2)1,20,122November 10, 2003Eastover, South Carolina (town)
Crater LakeOregonKlamath County42.94°N 122.1°W183,224.05 acres (741.5 km2)5,35,508May 22, 1902Klamath Falls
Cuyahoga ValleyOhioSummit County & Cuyahoga County41.24°N 81.55°W32,950 acres (133.3 km2)[21]21,89,849October 11, 2000Cleveland, Akron
Death ValleyCalifornia, NevadaNA36.24°N 116.82°W3,372,401.96 acres (13,647.6 km2)11,01,312October 31, 1994Lone Pine, California; Beatty, Nevada
DenaliAlaskaNA63.33°N 150.50°W4,740,911.72 acres (19,185.8 km2)5,31,315February 26, 1917Healy
Dry TortugasFloridaMonroe County24.63°N 82.87°W64,701.22 acres (261.8 km2)64,865October 26, 1992Key West
EvergladesFloridaMiami-Dade, Monroe, & Collier counties25.32°N 80.93°W1,508,537.90 acres (6,104.8 km2)11,10,901May 30, 1934Florida City Everglades City
Gates of the ArcticAlaskaYukon−Koyukuk67.78°N 153.30°W7,523,897.74 acres (30,448.1 km2)12,669December 2, 1980NA
GlacierMontanaFlathead County & Glacier48.80°N 114.00°W1,013,572.41 acres (4,101.8 km2)23,38,528May 11, 1910Columbia Falls, Montana
Glacier BayAlaskaNA58.50°N 137.00°W3,224,840.31 acres (13,050.5 km2)5,00,727December 2, 1980‎Juneau
Grand CanyonArizonaCoconino and Mohave36.06°N 112.14°W1,217,403.32 acres (4,926.7 km2)47,56,771February 26, 1919Fredonia, Arizona (North Rim)
Grand TetonWyomingTeton County43.73°N 110.80°W309,994.66 acres (1,254.5 km2)27,91,392February 26, 1929Jackson
Great BasinNevadaWhite Pine County38.98°N 114.30°W77,180.00 acres (312.3 km2)1,07,526October 27, 1986Ely, Baker, Border
Great Sand DunesColoradoSaguache County37.73°N 105.51°W42,983.74 acres (173.9 km2)2,71,774September 13, 2004Alamosa
Great Smoky MountainsTennessee, North CarolinaSwain & Haywood counties35.68°N 83.53°W521,490.13 acres (2,110.4 km2)1,00,99,276June 15, 1934Cherokee, North Carolina and Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Guadalupe MountainsTexasCulberson County and Hudspeth County31.92°N 104.87°W86,415.97 acres (349.7 km2)1,66,868October 15, 1966Dell City, Texas
HaleakalāHawaiiMaui County20.72°N 156.17°W29,093.67 acres (117.7 km2)11,42,040August 1, 1916Pukalani
Hawaii VolcanoesHawaiiHawaii19.38°N 155.20°W323,431.38 acres (1,308.9 km2)16,93,005August 1, 1916NA
Hot SpringsArkansasGarland County34.51°N 93.05°W5,549.75 acres (22.5 km2)14,24,484March 4, 1921Hot Springs
Isle RoyaleMichiganKeweenaw County48.10°N 88.55°W571,790.11 acres (2,314.0 km2)14,560April 3, 1940Thunder Bay, Ontario
Joshua TreeCaliforniaRiverside County and San Bernardino County33.79°N 115.90°W789,745.47 acres (3,196.0 km2)15,89,904October 31, 1994Twentynine Palms, San Bernardino
KatmaiAlaskaKatmai58.50°N 155.00°W3,674,529.68 acres (14,870.3 km2)30,896December 2, 1980King Salmon
Kenai FjordsAlaskaNA59.92°N 149.65°W669,982.99 acres (2,711.3 km2)2,70,666December 2, 1980Seward
Kings CanyonCaliforniaFresno County & Tulare County36.80°N 118.55°W461,901.20 acres (1,869.2 km2)5,02,268March 4, 1940Fresno
Kobuk ValleyAlaskaNorthwest Arctic 67.55°N 159.28°W1,750,716.50 acres (7,084.9 km2)16,875December 2, 1980Kotzebue
Lake ClarkAlaskaKenai Peninsula60.97°N 153.42°W2,619,733.21 acres (10,601.7 km2)16,100December 2, 1980‎Anchorage
Lassen VolcanicCaliforniaShasta, Lassen, Plumas, and Tehama Counties40.49°N 121.51°W106,372.36 acres (430.5 km2)4,32,977August 9, 1916Redding and Susanville
Mammoth CaveKentuckyEdmonson, Hart, and Barren37.18°N 86.10°W52,830.19 acres (213.8 km2)5,22,628July 1, 1941Brownsville
Mesa VerdeColoradoMontezuma County37.18°N 108.49°W52,121.93 acres (210.9 km2)5,01,563June 29, 1906Mancos, Colorado
Mount RainierWashingtonPierce County and Lewis46.85°N 121.75°W235,625.00 acres (953.5 km2)12,64,259March 2, 1899Tacoma
North CascadesWashingtonWhatcom, Skagit, and Chelan48.70°N 121.20°W504,780.94 acres (2,042.8 km2)23,865October 2, 1968Mount Vernon, Washington
OlympicWashingtonJefferson, Clallam, Mason, and Grays Harbor47.97°N 123.50°W922,650.86 acres (3,733.8 km2)32,43,872June 29, 1938Port Angeles
Petrified ForestArizonaApache, Navajo35.07°N 109.78°W93,532.57 acres (378.5 km2)8,36,799December 9, 1962NA
PinnaclesCaliforniaSan Benito County & Monterey County36.48°N 121.16°W26,605.73 acres (107.7 km2)1,96,635January 10, 2013Soledad, California
RedwoodCaliforniaHumboldt County & Del Norte County41.30°N 124.00°W112,512.05 acres (455.3 km2)4,29,166October 2, 1968Crescent City
Rocky MountainColoradoLarimer / Grand / Boulder counties40.40°N 105.58°W265,828.41 acres (1,075.8 km2)34,34,751January 26, 1915Estes Park and Grand Lake, Colorado
SaguaroArizonaPima County32.25°N 110.50°W91,439.71 acres (370.0 km2)6,73,572October 14, 1994Tucson
SequoiaCaliforniaTulare County36.43°N 118.68°W404,051.17 acres (1,635.1 km2)10,39,137September 25, 1890Visalia, California
ShenandoahVirginiaNA38.53°N 78.35°W199,045.23 acres (805.5 km2)12,55,321May 22, 1926Front Royal
Theodore RooseveltNorth DakotaBillings County46.97°N 103.45°W70,446.89 acres (285.1 km2)5,59,580November 10, 1978Medora
Virgin IslandsUnited States Virgin IslandsNA18.33°N 64.73°W14,688.87 acres (59.4 km2)4,26,930August 2, 1956NA
VoyageursMinnesotaSaint Louis County & Koochiching County48.50°N 92.88°W218,200.17 acres (883.0 km2)2,39,160January 8, 1971International Falls
Wind CaveSouth DakotaCuster County43.57°N 103.48°W28,295.03 acres (114.5 km2)5,42,022January 9, 1903Hot Springs, South Dakota
Wrangell-St. EliasAlaskaCook61.00°N 142.00°W8,323,147.59 acres (33,682.6 km2)74,722December 2, 1980Copper Center, Alaska
YellowstoneWyoming, Montana, IdahoPark County, Wyoming, Teton County, Wyoming, Gallatin County, Montana, Park County, Montana, Fremont County44.60°N 110.50°W2,219,790.71 acres (8,983.2 km2)35,13,484March 1, 1872NA
YosemiteCaliforniaTuolumne, Mariposa, & Madera counties37.83°N 119.50°W761,266.19 acres (3,080.7 km2)38,82,642October 1, 1890Mariposa, California
ZionUtahWashington, Kane, and Iron counties37.30°N 113.05°W146,597.60 acres (593.3 km2)31,89,696November 19, 1919Springdale , Orderville, Cedar City

Famous National Parks in the USA

This National Parks Map shows some of the best and most famous US national parks that are the epitome of wild expanses and colossal features. Here are a few of them:

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    Yellowstone National Parks:

    The very first national park in the world, Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 and is spread in three states, also shown on the National Parks Map: Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.

    The protected area is one of the most visited natural attractions in the country and is most famous for Old Faithful, its well-known geyser, as well as many other geothermal features. The national parks offer a rich variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears and herds of bison.

    Of all the other national parks in America, Yellowstone is arguably the wildest and certainly the most universal in its appeal. The landscape located on the National Parks Map is a magical land of waterfalls, geysers, rainbows, and canyons.

    Checkout:Interesting Facts about Yellowstone National Park
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    Glacier Bay National Parks:

    Located outside of Juneau in Alaska, also positioned on the National Parks Map, Glacier Bay is famous for its many glaciers. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, accessible only by ship or plane which helps preserve and protect this area. Glacier Bay preserve is home to wildlife including grizzly & black bears, moose, deer, and sea life like seals, sea lions, dolphins, whales, salmon, and more.
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    Yosemite National Parks:

    Central California's Yosemite National Park covers parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and The Yosemite Valley. This resource sited in the National Parks Map is known for its waterfalls, Giant Sequoia redwood trees, wild mountain scenery, and variety of wildlife.
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    Grand Canyon National Parks:

    One of the most visited natural attractions in the world, the Grand Canyon National Park is located in Arizona. The park offers spectacular views of the canyon landscapes pinned on the National Parks Map and the Colorado River that flows through the canyon.
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    Redwood National and State Parks:

    The Redwood National and State Parks, a World Heritage Site, houses the tallest trees in the world. The national park boasts a rich legacy of natural as well as archeological heritage. It is home to some of the prominent historic buildings such as Huffman Ranch, Prairie Creek Fish Hatchery, etc.
  6. Channel Islands National Park

    Channel Island National Park:

    Spanning over five of the California Channel Islands, the Channel Island National Park exemplifies biodiversity at its best. Whether you are a sports lover or a person with a fine aesthetic sense, the National Park has something to offer to everyone.
  7. Denali National Parks:

    Denali National Park, located in the Alaska Range, includes North America's highest peak, Mount McKinley, and is home to bears, caribou, sheep, moose, and many types of birds.
  8. Canyonlands National Park:

    Located in Utah at the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers. Canyonlands National Park offers some of the most breathtaking views of the outlying canyons and gorges. The national park is located in the western US and is separated into four major areas, namely the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers.
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    Arches National Parks:

    Also located in Utah, Arches National Park is named for the more than 2000 natural sandstone arches created by the process of natural erosion. The desert landscapes are home to wildlife such as bighorn sheep, mountain lions, reptiles like the Western rattlesnake, and plants like the prickly pear cactus are here in this natural beauty.
  10. Everglades National Park:

    Located in the state of Florida, Everglades National Park consists of a unique tropical ecosystem of vast marshlands, lush with sawgrass and cypress trees. The park is also home to the paradise of many crocodiles, panthers, and over 300 species of birds.
  11. Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

    The Great Smokies in Tennessee are the most visited nature conservation area of all the other ones in the US National Parks Map. With a stunning diversity of flora and fauna, it's a splendor of 521,454 acres with up to 800 miles of multipurpose trails. Visitors can indulge in recreational activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, horseback riding, and zorbing. Conquer the Appalachian Trail, take a walk along mist-shrouded mountains and hidden waterfalls, and discover rural countryside for the vestiges of Appalachian traditions dating back to simpler times.
  12. Rocky Mountain National Park:

    Straddling the Continental Divide with 76 summits, the alpine beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park in Northern Colorado is rivaled by only a handful of destinations in the world. The scenic Trail Ridge Road and the Old Fall River Road cut through dense pine forests and 412 square miles of the park's area. The National Park is a premier destination for those who love outdoor thrills such as skiing, hiking, and rock climbing.
  13. Zion National Park:

    Characterized by 15-mile-long Zion Canyon's steep red cliffs, this National Park in southwest Utah features the unique geography of the Great Basin, Colorado Plateau, and the Mojave Desert regions. Guided nature walks, horseback riding trips, and evening programs in summer are treats to visitors. Taylor Creek and Kolob Arch are popular hiking trails undulating through mountains, mesas, buttes, and natural arches available here.
  14. Olympic National Park:

    A jewel in the Pacific Northwest's Crown on the American National Parks Map, the Olympic National Park is home to old-growth temperate rainforests, rugged Pacific beaches, and sub-alpine meadows. The Hurricane Ridge viewpoint allows breathtaking sights of snow-capped summits. With an elevation of 2,432 meters, Mount Olympus, which supports large glaciers, is the centerpiece of this national park.
  15. Grand Teton National Park:

    Out west everything has its own wide space and Grand Teton in Wyoming is no exception. Located only 10 miles south of Yellowstone, Jackson Hole is a popular attraction in this national park. A popular destination for adventure recreation as per the National Parks Map, it accommodates 1,000 campsites and over 200 miles of hiking trails to get lost under the big blue American skies.
  16. Acadia National Park:

    Established in 1916, this national park preserve area in Maine is famous for more than 120 miles of hiking trails, 50 miles of carriage roads, glacier-carved summits, pink granite cliffs, offshore rugged islands, inland lakes, and cobblestone beaches. Mount Desert Island comprises the lion's share of the total national park acreage. Despite its relatively small area, Acadia is the second most visited national park in the US states, of all the destinations on the National Parks Map. The Park Loop Road winds its way through a number of major attractions.

Vast Variety of National Parks in the United States

As the United States has a varied landscape, these national parks are vastly diverse in nature.

  • These National Parks have immense importance in American culture and heritage. The country and its people take immense pride in both the beauty and variety of these national parks.
  • The national parks are characterized by their diverse ecosystems, unique geological features, natural beauty, and recreational opportunities. The national monuments, on the other hand, have immense historical or archaeological significance.
  • Largest:

    Wrangell–St. Elias in Alaska is the largest national park in the US in terms of area. It is spread across a total area of more than 8 million acres (or 32,375 sq km).

    Interestingly, Wrangell–St. Elias is larger than each of the 9 smallest states of the US. The next 3 largest national parks in the United States are also located in Alaska.

  • Smallest:

    Gateway Arch National Park in Missouri is the smallest national park. Its total area is around 192.83 acres (0.7804 sq km).

  • Protected Area:
    • The total protected area of the national parks in the US is around 2.2 million acres (211,000 sq km).
    • The average area protected by national parks is 829 thousand acres (3,350 sq km).
    • The median area protected is only 208 thousand acres (840 sq km).
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites & Biosphere Reserves:

    Out of the 62 national parks, 14 are named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 21 as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. 8 Nationals parks (6 of them in Alaska) come under both UNESCO World Heritage Sites and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.

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