National Parks Checklist

Posted this list originally in 2009 here and then updated it later that year here. But this version is better. Several of these parks were visited as part of my 2009 48-state road trip.

Visited: 38 of 58*.

It isn’t really a list on which I need to check off everything. OTOH, it is a list.

Acadia

Visited on the 48-state road trip.

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American Samoa NP

Not visited.


Arches

Visited in ’95 and ’96.


Badlands

Not Visited.


Big Bend

Visited on the road trip (Big Bend River Zone, Desert Zone) .

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Biscayne

Not visited.


Black Canyon of the Gunnison

2016 during the 6-state road trip.

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Bryce Canyon

Twice: once in ’02, again in ’10.

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Canyonlands

Visited during Lehi days (’04).

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Capitol Reef

Visited on the road trip.

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Carlsbad Caverns

Twice. Once on the 48-stater in ’09, again on the nephew trip in ’14.

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Channel Islands

Not visited.


Congaree

Visited on the 48-state trip.

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Crater Lake

Visited on the road trip.

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Cuyahoga

Visited, technically, on the road trip.


Death Valley

Visited in ’08.

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Denali

Not visited.


Dry Tortugas

Not visited.


Everglades

Not visited.


Gates of the Arctic

Not visited.


Glacier

Visited on the road trip (here, here, here-ish, and here).

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Glacier Bay

Not visited.


Grand Canyon

Twice: once in ’95, once later in ’98.


Grand Teton

Three times (’96, road trip, ’14). But not a favorite.

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Great Basin

Not visited.


Great Sand Dunes

Visited on the nephew trip in ’14.

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Great Smoky Mountains

Visited on the road trip.

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Guadalupe Mountains

Visited on the road trip.

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Haleakala

Visited in ’10.

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Hawaii Volcanoes                              

Not visited.


Hot Springs

Visited on the road trip; ate lunch.


Isle Royale

Not visited.


Joshua Tree

Twice: once in ’01, again in ’02.

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Katmai

Not visited.


Kenai Fjords

Not visited.


Kings Canyon

Visited in ’09 as road trip preparation.

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Kobuk Valley

Not visited.


Lake Clark

Not visited.


Lassen Volcanic

Visited on the road trip (Bumpass Hell, Mt. Lassen Summit).

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Mammoth Cave

Visited on the road trip (here and here).

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Mesa Verde

Visited in ’96.

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Mt. Rainier

Most recently visited in ’07, on the road trip, and in ’10. (Also, apparently, ’73.)

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North Cascades

Visited in ’86.


Olympic

Several times. As an adult and in memory: ’95, road trip (here and here), ’10, and ’16.

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Petrified Forest

Visited on the 6-state road trip in 2016.

Stump, log sections.Still desert.

Redwood

Visited in ’09 as part of the road trip cool-down.

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Rocky Mountain

Visited in ’14.

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Saguaro

Not visited.


Sequoia

Visited in the ’09 road trip warmup.

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Shenandoah

Visited on the road trip. Not great.

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Theodore Roosevelt

Visited on the road trip.

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Virgin Islands NP

Not visited.


Voyageurs

Not visited.


Wind Cave

Visited on the road trip.


Wrangell-St. Elias

Not visited.


Yellowstone

Four times: ’73, [80’s?], road trip, and sitting in traffic in ’14. They’re JUST BUFFALO.

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Yosemite

Visited on the road trip (herehere, and here).

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Zion

Three times: ’05, ’06, and the six-state road trip in 2016.

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But then narrower again.


* = 58 as of 2010. For parks designated after 2010… look, Cuyahoga is already on this list and it’s not exactly Yellowstone. Congaree is nice, but as an NP, it’s probably a bit of a stretch. In other words, I don’t think we’re really killing it here in the 21st century. Thus, I feel like I have the right to determine which newly designated parks I personally recognize as Actual National Parks. Pinnacles? Bah.