National Parks, Denali to Hawai'i Volcanoes

On these National Park pages, using geographic information gleaned from The Essential Geography, I briefly describe our national parks. My descriptions show the type of geographic information I hope you will glean from this illustrative form of cartography.

I'll add more national parks almost daily until I've added all sixty-one.

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Closer to Cuba than the US mainland, Dry Tortugas National Park protects islands of the same name, a long way from the nearest road.

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Located north of Arctic Circle, Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve and Kobuk Valley National Park are situated in and around Alaska’s Brooks Range. The more mountainous of the two, Gates of the Arctic straddles the Continental Divide and tops out at 8510 ft Mt Igikpak.

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Downstream of the Missouri River confluence, not far from Cahokia Mounds, iconic St Louis landmark Gateway Arch (a national park since 2018) rises from the west bank of the Mississippi.
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On the ragged edge of the North American continent, west of Alaska's capital city, Juneau, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve showcases a landscape of water, forest and ice.

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Near Baker, just west of the Nevada-Utah line, Great Basin National Park straddles the summit ridge of the Snake Range. Forests drape the slopes of 13,063 ft Wheeler Pk.

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On the eastern margin of Colorado’s high-elevation San Luis Valley, near 7544’ Alamosa, and just north of 14,345’ Blanca Pk, Great Sand Dunes National Park includes a slice of the Sangre de Cristo Mtns.
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East of El Paso, on the Texas side of the New Mexico line, close to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park reaches an elevation of 8749 ft at Guadalupe Pk, which we know from the triangle symbol to be the state highpoint. 

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The boundary of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park itself has the shape a lava flow, in this case running down the flanks of the Big Island’s 13,677 ft Mauna Loa. At Haleakala National Park on Maui, Pu‘u‘ula‘ula rises out of the Pacific a “mere” 10,000 ft.