U.S. National Parks

United States, North America
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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 61 (as of February 15, 2019) 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. 

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 & 10/14

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 & 05/15

08/09

Canyonlands

UT

 

Looking Back at the Canyonlands Overlookby Mark Doiron

 

08/07, 04/09, 08/09, 05/10, 06/11, 04/13 & 05/15 ***

08/07 & 08/09

Capitol Reef

UT

 

Waterpocket Fold, Capitol Reefby Mark Doiron

 

08/09, 04/13, 07/13 & 05/15 ***

08/09

Carlsbad Caverns

NM

 

Painted Grotto in Carlsbad Cavernsby Mark Doiron

 

1962, 05/99, 11/12, 03/14 & 10/14

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

 

Death Valley Super Bloom Sunsetby Mark Doiron

 

06/03, 03/16 & 05/17 

06/03

Denali

AK

 

A distance view of McKinley (Denali)by Kenzo Okawa

 

06/16

 

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

 

 

 

 

Gateway Arch

 

MO

 

 

 

 

 

Glacier

MT

 

A rather unusual perspective...by Saintgrizzly

 

06/01 & 07/16

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 & 02/16 ***

06/99

Grand Teton

WY

 

Teton Alpenglowby Jack B

 

07/00 & 08/17

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

TN/NC

 

Great Smoky Mountains Viewby Mark Doiron

 

06/04 & 07/14

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

Indiana Dunes

IN

 

 

 

 

 

Isle Royale

MI

 

Isle Royaleby Hikeman76

 

 

 

Joshua Tree

CA

 

Joshua Treeby Misha

 

07/03 & 05/17

07/03

 

Katmai

 

AK

 

Spring in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokesby NPS

 

 

 

 

Kenai Fjords

 

AK

 

 

Exit Glacier Trailby Jmc

 

06/16

 

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, 05/14, 12/14 & 03/16 ***

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 & 07/15

05/01

Saguaro

AZ

 

 

Santa Catalinas from Saguaro Eastby Mark Doiron

 

06/99, 08/09, 11/13 & 05/14 ***

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

 

06/16

 

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.

***

Traveled multiple times since.

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.



Children

Children

Children refers to the set of objects that logically fall under a given object. For example, the Aconcagua mountain page is a child of the 'Aconcagua Group' and the 'Seven Summits.' The Aconcagua mountain itself has many routes, photos, and trip reports as children.