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National Park Trivia

National Parks Trivia

National Parks-Trivia

The United States has 59 national parks which are protected areas.  The parks are run by the National Park Service created in 1916 by the Organic Act.  Our first national park was Yellowstone signed in law by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872.  Yosemite and Sequoia became national parks in 1890.  Alaska and California have the most national parks with eight national parks in each.   Our national parks are beautiful to the point of being breathtaking.  I believe everyone top destinations should be to visit these enchanting locations.  I’m always surprised how many people have more traveled foreign countries than visiting these inspiring parks.  One of the items on my bucket list is that I visit each and every national park in the United States.  I have been to five of California eight parks,  three of Utah’s five, one of Florida’s three parks, two of Arizona’s three, both of Wyoming’s national parks, and one of Nevada’s two parks.  So as you see, there is still much exploration to be done.  Who wants to join me?

Alaska’s eight national parks are 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, and Wrangell – St Elias National Park.

California’s eight national parks are Channel Islands National Park, Death Valley National Park – Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Redwood National Park,  and Yosemite National Park which is one of the most visited parks.

Utah’s five parks include Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Zion National Park.

Colorado has four national parks; Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park which is visited by more than 3 million visitors a year.

Washington’s three national parks include Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park,  and Olympic National Park.

Florida is home to three national parks being Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Everglades National Park.

Arizona has a couple of my favorite national parks.  These are Grand Canyon National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and Saguaro National Park.

Hawaii’s national parks are Haleakala National Park, and Hawai’i Volcano National Park where you can actually watch live lava.

Montana has the beautiful Glacier National Park and shares Yellowstone National Park with Wyoming, and Idaho.

Nevada has two parks; Great Basin National Park and Death Valley National Park which is shared with California.

South Dakota’s two national parks are Badlands National Park and Wind Cave National Park.

Texas also has two national parks; Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Wyoming has two national parks which are also my favorite. They are Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

This does not cover all of the states which are home to national parks.  Here is a complete list in alphabetical order that you can use as a check off list to see how many parks you have visited. Or better yet you can purchase a National Park Passport.  Each park you visit has a date stamp with the parks name at the ranger’s station so that you can stamp your passport.  Buy at

Below is a list of US National Parks, in alphabetical order:
•Acadia National Park, Maine
•American Samoa National Park, American Samoa Territory
•Arches National Park, Utah
•Badlands National Park, South Dakota
•Big Bend National Park, Texas
•Biscayne National Park, Florida
•Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado
•Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
•Canyonlands National Park, Utah
•Capitol Reef National Park Utah
•Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
•Channel Islands National Park, California
•Congaree National Park, South Carolina
•Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
•Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio
•Death Valley National Park, California and Nevada
•Denali National Park, Alaska
•Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
•Everglades National Park, Florida
•Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska
•Glacier National Park, Montana
•Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
•Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
•Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
•Great Basin National Park, Nevada
•Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado
•Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee
•Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
•Haleakala National Park, Hawaii
•Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
•Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas
•Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
•Joshua Tree National Park, California
•Katmai National Park, Alaska
•Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
•Kings Canyon National Park, California
•Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska
•Lake Clark National Park, Alaska
•Lassen Volcanic Park, California
•Mammoth Cave Park, Kentucky
•Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
•Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
•North Cascades National Park, Washington
•Olympic National Park, Washington
•Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
•Redwood National Park, California
•Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
•Saguaro National Park, Arizona
•Sequoia National Park, California
•Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
•Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
•Virgin Islands National Park, US Virgin Islands
•Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
•Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
•Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska
•Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
•Yosemite National Park, California
•Zion National Park, Utah

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YK • June 20, 2016

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