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U.S. National Parks

Page Type: List

Location: United States, North America

Object Title: U.S. National Parks

 

Page By: Mark Doiron

Created/Edited: Jan 1, 2007 / Mar 14, 2014

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Introduction

My son, Curtis, and I have the goal to visit all of the U.S. national parks. These are the real McCoys--the 59 (as of January 10, 2013) crown jewels of the U.S. national park system. This is a listing of all of those parks. Included are Google® Earth links (must be installed on your computer) to the park's high point (if on private land, the high point not on private land is shown). Also provided are links to the official National Park Service website for that park, as well as a relevant SP link (if any), and a link to an SP image that best characterizes that park (again, if any). Short lists of recommended reading material and external website links are also provided below.

The columns on the far right show our progress. If you are also working to visit all of the U.S. national parks, keep us posted of your progress in the comments. Or, if you'd like me to add a column for you to this list page, please PM me and we'll work out the details! :-)

Park Listing

Click on the symbol to see the park high point onGoogle® Earth, or to visit the NPS or SP web page.Park high points shown are under NPS management.


NationalPark

State

HighPoint

NPSWebsite

SPInfo

SPImage

Mark

Curtis

Acadia

ME

Sunsetby Ksawyer

07/10

07/10

 

American Samoa

 

AS

 

 

 

 

Arches

UT

Landscape Archby Tleaf

05/91,04/09,08/09,04/10, 06/11 & 04/13

05/91,08/09 &03/10

Badlands

SD

Yellow Moundsby 46and2

07/00

07/00

Big Bend

TX

Storm over the Chisos Mountainsby Mark Doiron

07/05, 10/12 & 12/13

07/05

Biscayne

FL

 *

 

Juvenile French Angel Fishby Mark Doiron

06/02

06/02

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

CO

**

Black Canyon of the Gunnisonby Mark Doiron

08/06 & 08/11

08/06

Bryce Canyon

UT

A storm break at sunrise...by Markmay

08/09

08/09

Canyonlands

UT

Looking Back at the Canyonlands Overlookby Mark Doiron

08/07,04/09,08/09,05/10, 06/11 & 04/13

08/07&08/09

Capitol Reef

UT

Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reefby Mark Doiron

08/09, 04/13 & 07/13

08/09

Carlsbad Caverns

NM

Painted Grotto in Carlsbad Cavernsby Mark Doiron

1962, 05/99,11/12 & 03/14

05/99

Channel Islands

CA

**

Arch Rock, East Anacapa Islandby Mark Doiron

07/03

07/03

 

Congaree

 

SC

 

Cypress Knees in Congaree National Parkby Mark Doiron

07/11

07/11

Crater Lake

OR

Wizard Island Framed by The Watchman and Hillman Peakby Mark Doiron

07/07

07/07

Cuyahoga Valley

OH

**

Towpath Trail, Cuyahoga Valleyby Mark Doiron

06/04

06/04

Death Valley

CA

The Devil s Golf Courseby Tonyo

06/03

06/03

Denali

AK

A distance view of McKinley (Denali)by Kenzo Okawa

 

 

Dry Tortugas

FL

 

Refuge from the Stormby Mark Doiron

06/02

06/02

Everglades

FL

 

Everglades Rain Showerby Mark Doiron

06/02

06/02

 

Gates of the Arctic

 

AK

 

Takahula Lakeby Misha

 

 

Glacier

MT

A rather unusual perspective...by Saintgrizzly

06/01

06/01

Glacier Bay

AK

 

Mount Fairweatherby Casey Bates

 

 

Grand Canyon

AZ

Grand Canyon Sunsetby Mark Doiron

06/99,12/09,05/10,12/11 & 07/12

06/99

Grand Teton

WY

Teton Alpenglowby Jack B

07/00

07/00

Great Basin

NV

Jeff Davis and Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Parkby Mark Doiron

07/07

07/07

Great Sand Dunes

CO

Dune Fields and Sangre de Cristo Mountainsby Mark Doiron

08/06,08/11 & 07/13

08/06 &03/10

Great Smoky Mountains

TNNC

Great Smoky Mountains Viewby Mark Doiron

06/04

06/04

Guadalupe Mountains

TX

Guadalupe Peak and El Capitanby Mark Doiron

05/99

05/99

Haleakala

HI

View into the Haleakala...by Mdostby

 

 

   

Hawai'i Volcanoes

   

HI

The Hell, ...by Joerg Marretsch

 

 

Hot Springs

AR

Music Mountain from the...by Txmountaineer

06/04

06/04

Isle Royale

MI

Isle Royaleby Hikeman76

 

 

Joshua Tree

CA

Joshua Treeby Misha

07/03

07/03

 

Katmai

 

AK

Spring in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokesby NPS

 

 

 

Kenai Fjords

 

AK

 

Exit Glacier Trailby Jmc

 

 

Kings Canyon

CA

Mt. Cotterby Misha

1960 &06/03

06/03

 

Kobuk Valley

 

AK

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Clark

 

AK

 

 

 

 

Lassen Volcanic

CA

Upper Meadow and Lassen Peakby Mark Doiron

07/07

07/07

Mammoth Cave

KY

Wild Cave Tourby MarkDidier

06/04

06/04

Mesa Verde

CO

Cliff Palaceby Dwhike

05/91

05/91 &03/10

Mount Rainier

WA

Mount Rainierby SoCalHiker

06/01

06/01

North Cascades

WA

Eldorado Peakby Casey Bates

06/01

06/01

Olympic

WA

Mount Olympusby Willithewanderer

06/01

06/01

Petrified Forest

AZ

Ridges and Hills in the Painted Desertby Mark Doiron

05/91, 06/99, 12/09, 12/11,07/12 & 11/13

05/91 &06/99

 

Pinnacles

 

CA

A view overlooking Pinnacles...by Tarol

 

 

Redwood

CA

Stout Grove Redwoodsby 2skinners

07/07

07/07

Rocky Mountain

CO

Iconic RMNP Momentby Nelson

05/01

05/01

Saguaro

AZ

 

Santa Catalinas from Saguaro Eastby Mark Doiron

06/99,08/09 & 11/13

06/99

Sequoia

CA

Kaweah Gapby Allan Blasdale

1960 &06/03

06/03

Shenandoah

VA

Falls of Naked Creekby Buz Groshong

06/04

06/04

Theodore Roosevelt

ND

North Dakota Badlandsby Bsihler

 

 

 

Virgin Islands

 

VI

Trunk Bay-St. John, USVIby Bill Reed

 

 

 

Voyageurs

 

MN

 

 

 

 

Wind Cave

SD

Boxworkby Tjarvela

07/00

07/00

Wrangell-Saint Elias

AK

Mt. St. Elias by Valentin Sommerby Mjdatt0

 

 

Yellowstone

WY

West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstoneby Mark Doiron

07/00

07/00

Yosemite

CA

El Capitan - Sunsetby Nefarius

1960 &07/07

07/07

Zion

UT

Into the Narrowsby Bsihler

06/03

06/03 &03/10

*

Biscayne NP has two high points.

**

Channel Islands and Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP high points are on private property. Cuyahoga Valley NP high point is under Metro Parks management. The high points shown for these parks are under NPS management.

Recommended Reading

National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States

This "tourist guide" is useful for planning a trip to any of the national parks. This is the book to take in the car with you as you visit each park. It will help you locate frontcountry campsites, make reservations, find a good restaurant, research phone numbers, etc. You'll still need to do additional research for more typical SP activities (backpacking, mountaineering, climbing, etc).

Life: Our National Parks: Celebrating America's Natural Splendor

This "coffee table book" is filled with the wonderful work of the photographers of Life Magazine.

External Links

   o Park Pointing
       What is park pointing, and who's doing it? Check here; the answer may surprise you!

   o U.S. National Park Highpoints
       A searchable, sortable list of all the park high points.

   o National Park Highpoint Trip Reports
       Read trip reports from park pointers, and learn about the effort to write a book about it.

   o U.S. National Parks Pictures
       Wonderful images by Q.T. Luong from all 58 U.S. national parks.

Images

Half Dome and Glacier Point