National Parks Checklist
Visited: 42 of 58*.
It isn’t really a list on which I need to check off everything. OTOH, it is a list.
Visited on the ’09 48-state road trip.
American Samoa NP
Visited in ’95, ’96, and ’21 (I swear I have photos somewhere).
Visited as part of the April 2017 South Dakota Spring.
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
2016 during the 6-state road trip.
Thrice: once in ’02, again in ’10, then again in ’19.
Visited during Lehi days (’04) and with the ex and others in ’21.
Visited on the road trip in 2009.
Visited on the ’09 48-state trip.
Visited, technically, on the ’09 road trip.
Visited in ’08.
Visited in June 2023. Photos forthcoming maybe.
Gates of the Arctic
Twice: once in ’95, once later in ’98.
Great Sand Dunes
Visited on the nephew trip in ’14.
Great Smoky Mountains
Visited in ’10.
Visited on the 2009 road trip; ate lunch.
Twice: once in ’01, again in ’02.
Visited in ’09 as road trip preparation.
Visited twice: once in ’96, once on the move from Oklahoma to NoUT in ’17.
Visited in ’86.
Visited on the 6-state road trip in 2016.
Visited in ’09 as part of the road trip cool-down and in ’22 on the way from Seattle back to the UT.
Visited in ’14.
Visited Christmas 2016.
Visited on the ’09 road trip warmup.
Visited on the road trip in ’09. Not great.
Virgin Islands NP
Visited on the road trip.
Four times: ’73, [80’s?], the ’09 road trip, and sitting in traffic in ’14. They’re JUST BUFFALO.
* = 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 calling it an NP is 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.