The usa lives up to its promise of purple mountain majesties and beautiful spacious skies most of all in its prized national parks. Yellowstone national park is an american national park located in the western united states largely in the northwest corner of wyoming and extending into montana and idaho it was established by the u s.
Yellowstone was the first national park in the u s.
Natural park usa. Stay connected with national parks across the country with online resources to help you find your virtual park. Situated in hilo hawaii on the big island this park offers a picturesque setting for hiking. Like death valley the saguaro filled sonoran desert was protected as a national monument in 1933 before becoming an official park in 1994.
The park is a vast sprawling landmass of protected alpine tundra forests lakes and some of the highest mountain peaks in the country alaska excluded. And is also widely held to be the first national park in the. Arches national park nearly 100 percent of the park s lights are night sky friendly to minimize glare as well as the amount of blue light emitted at night.
Hike angel s landing which brings you up through a nearly 1 500 foot natural staircase or trek the narrows a 10 mile hike through the. Many of the country s most magnificent natural wonders are protected today by the national park service nps. The united states has 62 protected areas known as national parks that are operated by the national park service an agency of the department of the interior national parks must be established by an act of the united states congress a bill creating the first national park yellowstone was signed into law by president ulysses s.
National park hiking trail information. This month s national park getaway take a virtual trip to the us virgin islands to explore history and nature above and under water at buck island reef national monument. To become an officially designated international dark sky park the park gathered and interpreted night sky data.
Later at the turn of the century national geographic named saguaro the greatest of all national parks thanks to the millions of giant green cacti some the tallest in the world at over 50 feet and many of which live for two hundred years which. Congress and signed into law by president ulysses s. Plan your national park usa camping or trip vocation to the spectacular national park usa and choose from the best like great smoky mountains national park spanning tennessee and north carolina has over 800 miles of hiking trails even though this particular park is the most well known other parks that offer exceptional hiking trails include grand.
Hawai i volcanoes national park is undoubtedly one of the national park service s most unique sites. Grant on march 1 1872. This utah national park is a paradise for thrill seekers.
Rocky mountain national park is one of the best national parks in the usa because of its awe inspiring mountains. Grant in 1872 followed by mackinac national park in 1875.