Grand Canyon National Park

Photo: NPS/J. Baird, Prickly pear cactus with fruit along the Tonto Trail Grand Canyon National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in the state of Arizona. It was one of the first national parks created in the United States. The canyon is 277 miles (446 kilometers) long, …

Olympic National Park

Photo: Ken Lund, Lake Crescent Olympic National Park is located in the state of Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula. The park has four basic regions: the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west side temperate rainforest and the forests of the drier east side. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Mount Olympus National Monument on March …

Soomaa National Park

Photo: Soomaa National Park (Estonia) Soomaa National Park is the second largest national park in Estonia. The park has bogs, large mires, sand dunes and what the locals call a ‘fifth season’ due to floods in springtime. Created in 1993, the park is located on the border of Pärnu and Viljandi Counties. Key Linkssoomaa.comSoomaa rahvusparkeesti.soomaa.com …

England’s Lake District

Photo: David Nicholls, Lake District National Park: Tarn Hows A national park since 1951, England’s Lake District was inscribed on World Heritage List at 41whc. The region is home to England’s largest natural lake – Windermere – and highest mountain – Scafell Pike. The 885 sq-mile (2,292 sq km) national park had been trying to obtain the …

Arches National Park

Photo: Neal Herbert/NPS, Broken Arch Spotlight on Arches National Park Key Linksnps.gov/arch/index.htmDark Sky [email protected]://twitter.com/ArchesNPS Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/9Jrhi8BmQup4QMea7 HeadlinesUtah’s Arches National Park certified as International Dark Sky Park; what does that mean? Fiery Furnacenps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/fiery-furnace-hike.htm News from the ParkWall Arch Collapse HeadlinesCrowds cause Arches National Park to shut gates just three hours after opening – SLT Photos Embedded …

Virunga National Park

Photo: Ludovic Herlimann, Gorillas Virunga National Park is Africa’s oldest national park and is also the continent’s most biologically diverse protected area. The 78,00 square kilometer World Heritage Site lies on the eastern border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Key Links virunga.org https://www.youtube.com/user/gorillacd https://www.facebook.com/virunga https://twitter.com/gorillacd Google Maps goo.gl/maps/5saWGJ1NStgeLNQ26 #42WHC Intense debates on the conservation …

Fiordland National Park

Photo: Bernard Spragg, On Doubtful Sound The largest of New Zealand’s 14 national parks is Fiordland with an area of 12,607 square kilometers (4,868 sq miles). The park is administered by the Department of Conservation. Google Maps goo.gl/maps/YkF2GMQ56aHjtzXd6 Milford Track The Milford Track is one of the most famous Great Walks in New Zealand. Places …

Brecon Beacons National Park

Photo: Jack Pease, Rhinagoll Valley Wales – The Brecon Beacons National Park (Welsh: Parc Cenedlaethol Bannau Brycheiniog) is one of three national parks, and is centred on the Brecon Beacons range of hills in the south. It includes the Black Mountain (Welsh: Y Mynydd Du) in the west, Fforest Fawr (Great Forest) and the Brecon …

Banff National Park

Photo: Bernard Spragg, Bow River Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park and the flagship of the nation’s park system. The park encompasses more than 6,000 square kilometers of mountain wilderness and is part of the larger Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. More than three million visitors a year make the …

Raet National Park

Photo: Birgit Fostervold, Spornes Wikipedia: Raet National Park (Norwegian: Raet nasjonalpark) is a national park in Arendal, Tvedestrand and Grimstad in Aust-Agder, southeastern Norway. It is mostly a marine park, and includes some islands and coastal areas. Raet covers an area of 607 km2 (234 sq mi), of which 599 km2 (231 sq mi) is …