September 07, 2015

List of US National Parks

This post is a comprehensive list of all 59 US National Parks (as of 2016). In addition, the following National Parks are featured on this website with insightful abstracts, detailed descriptions of hiking trails and scenic pictures that make you want to put on your hiking boots right away.
  • Grand Canyon: The second-most visited National Park in 2014 (4.7 million visitors).
  • Kings Canyon: The deepest canyon in the United States at over a mile and a half deep.

Below is the complete list sorted in alphabetical order:

1. Acadia
2. American Samoa
3. Arches
4. Badlands
5. Big Bend
6. Biscayne
7. Black Rock of the Gunnison
  • Character:
  • Fun Fact: Name relates to the fact that in parts of the canyon daylight only reaches the bottom for 33 minutes a day.
  • State: Colorado
  • Founded: 21st October 1999
  • Size: 32,950.03 acres (133.3 km²)
  • Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
  • Further Reading: Hiking Colorado
8. Bryce Canyon
9. Canyonlands
  • Character:
  • Fun Fact: In 2003, Aron Ralston became trapped alone in a slot canyon near the Maze district and cut off his own arm to save his life. He wrote a book about the incident which was made into the movie "127 Hours" in 2010.
  • State: Utah
  • Founded: 12th September 1964
  • Size: 337,597.83 acres (1,366.2 km²)
  • Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
  • Further Reading: Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks
10. Capitol Reef
11. Carlsbad Caverns
12. Channel Islands
13. Congaree
  • Character:
  • Fun Fact: The National Park is actually not a swamp but a floodplain forest that floods about ten times a year.
  • State: South Carolina
  • Founded: 10th November 2003
  • Size: 26,545.86 acres (107.4 km²)
  • Maps: From Rand McNally or National Park Service
  • Further Reading: Hiking South Carolina
14. Crater Lake
15. Cuyahoga Valley
16. Death Valley
17. Denali
18. Dry Tortugas
19. Everglades
20. Gates of the Arctic
21. Glacier
22. Glacier Bay
  • Character:
  • Fun Fact: The transborder park system Kluane-Wrangell-St. Elias-Glacier Bay-Tatshenshini-Alsek (comprising all four parks named) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.
  • State: Alaska
  • Founded: 2nd December 1980
  • Size: 3,224,840.31 acres (13,050.5 km²)
  • Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
  • Further Reading: Lonely Planet Alaska
23. Grand Canyon

24. Grand Teton
Character: Alpine mountains (Teton Range), which surround a plain with pristine lakes (Jackson Lake) and a meandering river (Snake River) perfectly suited for boating, canoeing and kayaking.
Fun Fact: The name refers to 19th-century French-speaking trappers, les trois t├ętons (the three teats) and was later anglicized and shortened to Tetons.
State: Wyoming
Founded: 26th February 1929
Size: 309,994.66 acres (1,254.5 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

25. Great Basin
Character: A cold desert due to elevation and latitude, surrounded by a chain of peaks (Wheeler Peak).
Fun Fact: The famous oldest living organisms, bristlecone pines, can be seen growing in groves within the national park grounds.
State: Nevada
Founded:27th October 1986
Size: 77,180.00 acres (312.3 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

26. Great Sand Dunes
Character: Sand dunes in a very windy region.
Fun Fact: The tallest sand dunes in North America, up to 750 feet (230 m).
State: Colorado
Founded: 13th September 2004
Size: 42,983.74 acres (173.9 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

27. Great Smoky Mountains
Character: Part of the Appalachian Mountain chain with high humidity and precipitation and 95% occupied by forest.
Fun Fact: The ubiquitous trees exude large amounts of water and hydrocarbons and hence produce the gauzy "smoke" that gives the mountains their name; the most visited National Park in 2014 (more than 10 million visitors).
State: North Carolina, Tennessee
Founded: 15th June 1934
Size: 521,490.13 acres (2,110.4 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

28. Guadalupe Mountains
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Texas
Founded: 15th October 1966
Size: 86,415.97 acres (349.7 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading: Hiking Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains

29. Haleakala
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Hawaii
Founded: 1st August 1916
Size: 29,093.67 acres (117.7 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

30. Hawaii Volcanoes
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Hawaii
Founded: 1st August 1916
Size: 323,431.38 acres (1,308.9 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

31. Hot Springs
Character:
Fun Fact: The smallest National Park (6 thousand acres = 24 km²)
State: Arkansas
Founded: 4th March 1921
Size: 5,549.75 acres (22.5 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

32. Isle Royale
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Michigan
Founded: 3rd April 1940
Size: 571,790.11 acres (2,314.0 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

33. Joshua Tree
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: California
Founded: 31st October 1994
Size: 789,745.47 acres (3,196.0 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

34. Katmai
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Alaska
Founded: 2nd December 1980
Size: 3,674,529.68 acres (14,870.3 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

35. Kenai Fjords
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Alaska
Founded: 2nd December 1980
Size: 669,982.99 acres (2,711.3 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

36. Kings Canyon
Character:
Fun Fact:  The deepest canyon in the United States at over a mile and a half deep.
State: California
Founded: 4th March 1940
Size: 461,901.20 acres (1,869.2 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

37. Kobuk Valley
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Alaska
Founded: 2nd December 1980
Size: 1,750,716.50 acres (7,084.9 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

38. Lake Clark
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Alaska
Founded: 2nd December 1980
Size: 2,619,733.21 acres (10,601.7 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

39. Lassen Volcanic
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: California
Founded: 9th August 1916
Size: 106,372.36 acres (430.5 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

40. Mammoth Cave
Character:
Fun Fact: Mammoth Cave National Park is the longest cave system known to the world, with more than 400 mapped miles of caves.
State: Kentucky
Founded: 1st July 1941
Size: 52,830.19 acres (213.8 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

41. Mesa Verde
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Colorado
Founded: 29th June 1906
Size: 52,121.93 acres (210.9 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

42. Mount Rainier
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Washington
Founded: 2nd March 1899
Size: 235,625.00 acres (953.5 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

43. North Cascades
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Washington
Founded: 2nd October 1968
Size: 504,780.94 acres (2,042.8 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

44. Olympic
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Washington
Founded: 29th June 1938
Size: 922,650.86 acres (3,733.8 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

45. Petrified Forest
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Arizona
Founded: 9th December 1962
Size: 93,532.57 acres (378.5 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

46. Pinnacles National Park
Character:
Fun Fact:  The newest one, upgraded in 2013.
State: California
Founded: 10th January 2013
Size: 26,605.73 acres (107.7 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

47. Redwood
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: California
Founded: 2nd October 1968
Size: 112,512.05 acres (455.3 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

48. Rocky Mountain
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Colorado
Founded: 26th January 1915
Size: 265,828.41 acres (1,075.8 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

49. Saguaro
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Arizona
Founded: 14th October 1994
Size: 91,439.71 acres (370.0 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

50. Sequoia
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: California
Founded: 25th September 1890
Size: 404,051.17 acres (1,635.1 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

51. Shenandoah
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Virginia
Founded: 22nd May 1926
Size: 199,045.23 acres (805.5 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

52. Theodore Roosevelt
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: North Dakota
Founded: 10th November 1978
Size: 70,446.89 acres (285.1 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

53. Virgin Islands
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: United States Virgin Islands
Founded: 2nd August 1956
Size: 14,688.87 acres (59.4 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

54. Voyageurs
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Minnesota
Founded: 8th January 1971
Size: 218,200.17 acres (883.0 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

55. Wind Cave
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: South Dakota
Founded: 9th January 1903
Size: 28,295.03 acres (114.5 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

56. Wrangell-St. Elias
Character:
Fun Fact: The largest National Park (8 million acres = 32,000 km²)
State: Alaska
Founded: 2nd December 1980
Size: 8,323,147.59 acres (33,682.6 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

57. Yellowstone
Character:
Fun Fact: The first National Park, signed into law in 1872.
State: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
Founded: 1st March 1872
Size: 2,219,790.71 acres (8,983.2 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

58. Yosemite
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: California
Founded: 1st October 1890
Size: 761,266.19 acres (3,080.7 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading:

59. Zion
Character:
Fun Fact: 
State: Utah
Founded: 19th November 1919
Size: 146,597.60 acres (593.3 km2)
Maps: From National Geographic or National Park Service
Further Reading: