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Acadia Maine 1919 47,548.94 Rugged seashore on Mt. Desert Island and adjacent mainland
Arches Utah 1971 76,518.98 Unusual stone arches, windows, pedestals caused by erosion (park was a National Monument 1929–1971)
Badlands South Dakota 1978 242,755.94 Arid land of fossils, prairie, bison, deer, bighorn sheep, antelope (park was a National Monument 1929–1978)
Big Bend Texas 1935 801,163.21 Mountains and desert bordering the Rio Grande
Biscayne Florida 1980 172,924.07 Aquatic, coral reef park south of Miami (park was a National Monument, 1968–1980)
Black Canyon of the Gunnison Colorado 1999 30,243.53 Canyon with narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths (park was a National Monument 1933–1999)
Bryce Canyon Utah 1924 35,835.08 Area of brilliantly colored, grotesque eroded rocks
Canyonlands Utah 1964 337,597.83 Colorful wilderness with impressive red-rock canyons, spires, arches
Capitol Reef Utah 1971 241,904.26 Highly colored sedimentary rock formations in high, narrow gorges (park was a National Monument 1937–1971)
Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico 1930 46,766.45 One of the world's largest known caves
Channel Islands California 1980 249,561.00 Area is rich in marine mammals, sea birds, endangered species, and archeology (park was a National Monument 1938–1980)
Congaree South Carolina 2003 21,743.58 Contains the largest contiguous tract of old-growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the U.S. (park was a National Monument 1976–2003)
Crater Lake Oregon 1902 183,224.05 Deep blue lake in heart of inactive volcano
Cuyahoga Valley Ohio 2000 32,860.73 Wilderness area offering recreational, historic, and cultural attractions, including scenic rail journeys (park was a National Recreation Area 1974–2000)
Death Valley California Nevada 1994 3,340,409.65 Largest desert, surrounded by high mountains, containing the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere (park was a National Monument 1933–1994)
Denali Alaska 1917 4,740,911.72 Contains Mt. McKinley, N. America's highest mountain (20,320 ft) (formerly Mt. McKinley National Park, 1917–1980)
Dry Tortugas Florida 1992 64,701.22 Located 70 mi off Key West. Features an underwater nature trail (formerly Ft. Jefferson National Monument 1935–1992)
Everglades Florida 1934 1,508,491.84 Subtropical area with abundant bird and animal life
Gates of the Arctic Alaska 1980 7,523,897.74 Diverse north central wilderness contains part of Brooks Range
Glacier Montana 1910 1,013,572.41 Rocky Mountain scenery with many glaciers and lakes
Glacier Bay Alaska 1980 3,224,840.31 Popular for wildlife, whale-watching, glacier-calving, scenery (park was a National Monument 1925–1980)
Grand Canyon Arizona 1919 1,217,403.32 Mile-deep gorge, 4 to 18 mi wide, 217 mi long
Grand Teton Wyoming 1929 309,994.66 Picturesque range of high mountain peaks
Great Basin Nevada 1986 77,180.00 Exceptional scenic, biologic, geologic attractions (formerly Lehman Caves National Monument 1922–1986)
Great SmokyMountains North Carolina Tennessee 1926 521,495.36 Highest mountain range east of Black Hills; luxuriant plant life
Guadalupe Mountains Texas 1966 86,415.97 Contains highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak (8,751 ft)
Haleakala Hawaii 1916 29,830.15 World-famous 10,023-ft Haleakala volcano (dormant) (formerly part of Hawaii National Park. Renamed in 1960)
Hawaii Volcanoes Hawaii 1916 209,695.38 Spectacular volcanic area; luxuriant vegetation at lower levels (formerly Hawaii National Park. Renamed in 1961)
Hot Springs Arkansas 1921 5,550.25 47 mineral hot springs said to have therapeutic value
Isle Royale Michigan 1931 571,790.11 Largest wilderness island in Lake Superior; moose, wolves, lakes
Joshua Tree California 1994 784,162.05 Desert region featuring Joshua trees and a great variety of plants and animals (park was a National Monument 1936–1994)
Katmai Alaska 1980 3,674,529.68 Expansion may assure brown bear's preservation. Park is known for fishing, 1912 eruption of Novarupta, bears (park was a National Monument 1918–1980)
Kenai Fjords Alaska 1980 669,982.99 Mountain goats, marine mammals, birdlife are features at this seacoast park near Seward (park was a National Monument 1978–1980)
Kings Canyon California 1890 461,901.20 Huge canyons; high mountains; giant sequoias (formerly General Grant National Park 1890–1940)
Kobuk Valley Alaska 1980 1,750,736.82 Native culture and anthropology center around the broad Kobuk River in northwest Alaska (park was a National Monument 1978–1980)
Lake Clark Alaska 1980 2,619,733.21 Park provides scenic and wilderness recreation across Cook Inlet from Anchorage (park was a National Monument 1978–1980)
Lassen Volcanic California 1916 106,372.36 Exhibits of impressive volcanic phenomena
Mammoth Cave Kentucky 1926 52,830.19 Vast limestone labyrinth with underground river
Mesa Verde Colorado 1906 52,121.93 Best-preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in United States
Mount Rainier Washington 1899 235,625.00 Single-peak glacial system; dense forests, flowered meadows
National Park of American Samoa Fiji 1988 9,000.00 Samoa National Park, American Samoa: two rain forest preserves and a coral reef on the island of Ofu are home to unique tropical animals. The park also includes several thousand acres on the islands of Tutuila and Ta'u
North Cascades Washington 1968 504,780.94 Roadless Alpine landscape; jagged peaks mountain lakes; glaciers
Olympic Washington 1938 922,650.94 Finest Pacific Northwest rain forest; scenic mountain park
Petrified Forest Arizona 1962 93,532.57 Extensive natural exhibit of petrified wood (park was a National Monument 1906–1962)
Redwood California 1968 112,512.97 Coastal redwood forests contains world's tallest-known tree (369.2 ft)
Rocky Mountain Colorado 1915 265,765.03 Section of the Rocky Mountains; 107 named peaks over 10,000 ft
Saguaro Arizona 1994 91,445.16 Giant saguaro cacti, unique to the Sonoran Desert, sometimes reach a height of 50 ft in this cactus forest (park was a National Monument 1933–1994)
Sequoia Sequoia 1890 404,051.17 Giant sequoias; magnificent High Sierra scenery, including Mt. Whitney
Shenandoah Virginia 1926 199,038.07 Tree-covered mountains; scenic Skyline Drive
Theodore Roosevelt North Dakota 1978 70,446.89 Scenic valley of Little Missouri River; T.R. Ranch; wildlife (Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park 1947–1978)
Virgin Islands US Virgin Islands 1956 14,688.87 Beaches; lush hills; prehistoric Carib Indian relics
Voyageurs Minnesota 1071 218,200.17 Wildlife, canoeing, fishing, hiking
Wind Cave South Dakota 1903 28,295.03 Limestone caverns in Black Hills; bison herd
Wolf Trap Farm Virginia 2003 130.28 The nation's first National Park for the Performing Arts
Wrangell–St.Elias Alaska 1980 8,323,147.59 Largest park system area has abundant wildlife, second highest peak in U.S. (Mt. St. Elias); adjoins Canadian park (park was a National Monument 1978–1980)
Yellowstone Wyoming Idaho 1872 2,219,790.71 World's greatest geyser area; abundant falls, wildlife, canyons
Yosemite California 1890 761,266.28 Mountains; inspiring gorges and waterfalls; giant sequoias
Zion Utah 1919 146,597.64 Multicolored gorge in heart of southern Utah desert
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