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National Parks in USA


The Go Northwest! definition of the Pacific Northwest includes the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, with a small extension into Wyoming via Yellowstone National Park.

National Parks in the United States are administered by the National Parks Service (NPS), which is headquartered in Washington, DC. The NPS is one of four United States federal land management agencies. The other three are the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, and the Fish and Wildlife Service. The NPS is designated by law to "promote and regulate the use of the...national parks...which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein".

Since 1872 the National Park System has grown to include more than 370 areas covering more than 84 million acres. All have been found to have natural, cultural, or recreational resources of national significance.

National Park System "units" come in many forms:

  • National Battlefields (1 in the Northwest: Big Hole National Battlefield located in Wisdom, MT)
  • National Cemeteries
  • National Historical Parks (4 in the Northwest: Nez Perce National Historic Park located in the four states of ID, MT, OR and WA, Klondike Gold Rush in Seattle, WA, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park stretching from Long Beach, WA to Cannon Beach, OR and San Juan Island National Historic Park located in Friday Harbor, WA)
  • National Historic Sites (5 in the Northwest: Minidoka in Jerome, ID and WA, Fort Union Trading Post in MT, Grant-Kohrs Ranch in Deer Lodge, MT, Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, WA and OR and Whitman Mission in Walla Walla, WA)
  • National Lakeshores
  • National Memorials (1 in the Northwest: Fort Clatsop in Lewis and Clark National Park)
  • National Monuments (5 in the Northwest: Craters of the Moon in Arco, Carey and Rupert ID, Hagerman Fossil Beds in ID, Little Bighorn Battlefield in Crow Agency, MT, John Day Fossil Beds in Kimberley, OR and Oregon Caves in Cave Junction, OR)
  • National Parks
    The NPS describes these as "generally large natural places having a wide variety of attributes, at times including significant historic assets. Hunting, mining and consumptive activities are not authorized." (7 in the Northwest: Yellowstone NP in MT and WY, Glacier NP in MT, Mount Rainier in Ashford, Enumclaw, Packwood and Wilkeson, WA, North Cascades NP in Marblemount, WA and Olympic NP in Port Angeles, WA)
  • National Parkways
  • National Preserves (2 in the Northwest: Craters of the Moon in Arco, Carey and Rupert ID and Oregon Caves in Cave Junction, OR)
  • National Recreation Areas (3 in the Northwest: Bighorn Canyon in Fort Smith, MT and WY, Lake Chelan in Stehekin, WA and Lake Roosevelt stretching from the Canadian border to Coulee Dam along the Columbia River in WA)
  • National Reserves (2 in the Northwest: City of Rocks in Almo, ID and Ebey's Landing in Coupeville, WA)
  • National Rivers
  • National Seashores
  • National Historic Trails (California Trail in ID, OR, WY and  other states, Lewis and Clark Trail in ID, MT, OR, WA and 7 other states, Oregon Trail in ID, OR, WY and 3 other states, Mormon Pioneer Trail in WY and 4 other states and Pony Express Trail in WY and 7 other states)
  • Affiliated Areas (2 in the Northwest)

NPS Web Sites

ParkNet
This is the "home page" for NPS. To find pages on a particular National Park at this web site, click "Find a park" and then, scroll down and use the advanced search to find parks by name, location, activity or topic or scroll down to the map and click on a state. (Go Northwest! also has direct links to the individual Parks.)

National Park Reservation Service
Official NPS web site for making online campground and tour reservations.

Park Geology Tour of National Parks
Great tours with descriptions, photos and maps. Find interesting facts about volcanoes, geology, glaciers, fossils, hot springs, rocks, plate tectonics, sand dunes and more.

More Web Sites

National Park Foundation
The official nonprofit partner of the NPS, and whose activities include fundraising and land acquisition. To find pages on a particular National Park at this web site, click "Guide to National Parks". (Go Northwest! also has direct links to the individual Parks.)

National Park Photos
The National Park Service Digital Image Archive is an online resource designed to provide quality, downloadable digital images for print, web, and multimedia use.

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