National Parks, Olympic to Zion

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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On historic Route 66 between Holbrook and Gallup, near the headwaters of the Little Colorado, Petrified Forest, the southern-most National Park of the Colorado Plateau, lies in a culturally-diverse area, with Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and Apache cultures adding to the diversity.

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Pinnacles National Park lies in the Coast Ranges of California, above the Salinas River and Hwy 101, right next to the San Andreas Fault.

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On the forested Pacific Coast of Northern California, between Crescent City and Arcata, near the mouth of the Trinity River, Redwood National Park splits into a larger unit, south, and a smaller unit, north. Down Hwy 101, Avenue of the Giants is another important landmark in the world of the Redwoods.

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In the mostly-barren terrain of the Sonoran Desert, the two units of Saguaro National Park lie in opposite directions out of Tucson, Arizona.

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Located in the undulating, non-forested terrain of Western North Dakota, Theodore Roosevelt National Park is spread over three units along the Little Missouri River.

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On the south shore of Rainy Lake, just NW of Boundary Waters Canoe Area, in the low-profile glacial terrain along Minnesota’s border with Ontario, Voyageurs National Park features a blend of forest and water.

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Surrounded by White Sands Missile Range, White Sands National Park, elev. approx. 4,000 ft, lies NW of Hwy 70 between Las Cruces and Alamogordo, on the floor of Tularosa Basin in Southern New Mexico. Two more National Parks and the city of El Paso are not far away.
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On the southeastern slope of South Dakota's Black Hills, where forest gives way to open terrain, Wind Cave National Park is surrounded by other iconic American landmarks.

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From the Gulf of Alaska, inland to forested lowlands and ice-clad mountains, Wrangell-St Elias National Park & Preserve, bordered, west, by the Copper River, adjoins Kluane National Park, location of Canada’s highest point, Mt Logan. On the Gulf Coast, the 18,008 ft summit of Mt St Elias is just a few miles (11.5) from salt water.