10 Facts About U.S. National Parks That You May Not Know

There are 63 National Parks in the United States. Definitely something for the bucket list! But if you’re truly ambitious you’ll want to include the other units of the National Park Service, rivers, monuments, preserves, and historical parks, etc, which total 423 altogether.

10 Facts About U.S. National Parks That You May Not Know

  1. 3 of the 10 highest waterfalls in the world are located in Yosemite National Park in California.
  2. Alaska and California are the 2 states with the most National Parks. Alaska has 8 (16 if you include national parks, rivers, monuments, preserves, and historical parks.) California has 9 (28 if you include national parks, rivers, monuments, preserves, and historical parks.)
  3. It’s TRUE. The Buffalo Soldiers were in fact the the first park rangers.
  4. The last state to get a National Park was Delaware, the first state lol… ironic. It’s called ”First State National Historical Park“.
  5. The first national park in the United States was Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872.
  6. Wind Cave National Park is the first cave to be named a national park in the world. It’s located in South Dakota.
  7. Crater Lake National Park is the deepest lake in the U.S. it’s located in Oregon.
  8. Old Faithful Geyser is located in Yellowstone National Park. Old Faithful is actually one of nearly 500 geysers in Yellowstone.
  9. There are 2 national parks located north of the Arctic Circle, in Alaska. Arctic National Park and Kobuk Valley National Park.
  10. Yep, it’s TRUE. Ribbon Falls in Yosemite is 9 times taller than Niagara Falls.
  11. There are 63 National Parks in the United States.

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