National Parks

The United States has 59 designated national parks and 342 other sites, including national monuments and memorials, that fall under the National Park Service, created by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916. The first national park was Yellowstone National Park, created in 1872. For pictures, news and information on national parks, read below.
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Why 'Denali?' Explaining Mount McKinley's New (Old) Name
Mount McKinley, Denali
September 1st, 2015
The mountain formerly known as Mount McKinley just got its old name back.
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Icicles and Frozen Waterfalls: The Ice Caves of Apostle Islands
icicles apostle islands national lakeshore
February 24th, 2015
Stunning ice caves off the coast of Lake Superior may open to visitors this weekend if conditions are right.
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Will Future Generations Preserve the National Parks? (Op-Ed)
Yosemite National Park
August 25th, 2015
What's the best way to maintain U.S. national parks? Show up.
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Capitol Reef: Photos of Southern Utah's Majestic Beauty
capitol reef, habitats, diversity
May 30th, 2015
In the south-central part of Utah, a 100-mile-long (161 kilometers) formation, dubbed Waterpocket Fold, has created a landscape that is not only spectacular to view but is also a geological treasure for research and study.
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Stunning Wisconsin Ice Caves May Open to Visitors This Weekend
Apostle Islands Ice Cave
February 24th, 2015
Stunning ice caves off the coast of Lake Superior may open to visitors this weekend if conditions are right.
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2014: America's Most Loved Parks
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
February 18th, 2015
Here are photos of the top 10 most visited spots in 2014 in the National Park Service system.
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Will the Everglades, and Its Surprises, Ever Get Full Protection? (Op-Ed)
Nike Missile site Everglades
June 26th, 2015
From world-class wilderness to an abandoned nuke site, the Everglades holds tremendous mystery — all at threat from development.
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Photos: America's Least Visited Parks in 2014
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
February 18th, 2015
Lovely photos of the loneliest parks in the United States.
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