List of National Parks in the United States of America

List of National Parks in the United States of America

U.S. National Parks

The National Park Service, an agency of the United States Department of the Interior, operates 59 protected areas comprising nearly 52 million acres of land known as National Parks. The Organic Act of 1916 created the National Park Service “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife, and to provide for enjoyment and to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

The criteria for the selection of National Parks include:

  • Natural beauty
  • Unique geological features
  • Unusual ecosystems
  • Recreational opportunities

The parks do not necessarily need to have all characteristics.

The U.S. Congress is responsible for designating protected areas as National Parks.

U.S. National Park Facts

  • Yellowstone was the first National Park
  • The newest park is the Pinnacles National Park, designated as such in 2013
  • Twenty seven states have national parks
  • California has the most national parks
  • The largest national park is Wrangell–St. Elias in Alaska, which has over 8 million acres in protected area
  • The Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina and Tennessee is the most visited park
  • Some parks span multiple states such as Yellowstone (spanning portions of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming) and The Greak Smoky Mountains (spanning portions of North Carolina and Tennessee)

List of National Parks

Below is a list of National Parks located in the United States. Remember, not all states have national parks.


  • Denali National Park
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park
  • Glacier Bay National Park
  • Katmai National Park
  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Kobuk Valley National Park
  • Lake Clark National Park
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park


  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Saguaro National Park


  • Hot Springs National Park


  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Death Valley National Park (also located in Nevada)
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic Park
  • Redwood National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Yosemite National Park


  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Rocky Mountain National Park


  • Biscayne National Park
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Everglades National Park


  • Haleakala National Park
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


  • Yellowstone National Park (spans portions of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana)


  • Mammoth Cave Park


  • Acadia National Park


  • Isle Royale National Park


  • Voyageurs National Park


  • Glacier National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park  (spans portions of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana)


  • Death Valley National Park (also located in California)
  • Great Basin National Park

New Mexico

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park

North Carolina

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park  (spans portions of Tennessee and North Carolina)

North Dakota

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park


  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park


  • Crater Lake National Park


  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park (spans portions of Tennessee and North Carolina)


  • Shenandoah National Park

South Carolina

  • Congaree National Park

South Dakota

  • Badlands National Park
  • Wind Cave National Park


  • Big Bend National Park
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park


  • Arches National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Zion National Park


  • Mount Rainier National Park
  • North Cascades National Park
  • Olympic National Park


  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park  (spans portions of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana)

US Territories National Parks

  • American Samoa National Park (located in American Samoa Territory)
  • Virgin Islands National Park (located in US Virgin Islands)

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