National Parks Checklist

Posted this list originally in 2009 here and then updated it later that year here. But this version is better.

Visited: 36 of 58*.

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


Visited on the road trip.

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American Samoa NP

Not visited.


Visited in ’95 and ’96.


Not Visited.

Big Bend

Visited on the road trip.

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Not visited.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Not visited.

Bryce Canyon

Twice: once in ’02, again in ’10.

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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.


Visited on the road trip.

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Crater Lake

Visited on the road trip.

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Visited, technically, on the road trip.

Death Valley

Visited in ’08.

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Not visited.

Dry Tortugas

Not visited.


Not visited.

Gates of the Arctic

Not visited.


Visited on the road trip.

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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.



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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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.

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Mammoth Cave

Visited on the road trip.

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Mesa Verde

Visited in ’96.


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.


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

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Petrified Forest

Not visited.


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

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Rocky Mountain

Visited in ’14.

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Not visited.


Visited in the ’09 road trip warmup.

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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.


Not visited.

Wind Cave

Visited on the road trip.

Wrangell-St. Elias

Not visited.


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



Visited on the road trip.

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Twice: ’05 and ’06.

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Weeping Rock - Immediately Below

* = 58 as of 2010. For parks designated after 2010… look, Cuyahoga is already on this list and it’s, you know, 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.