National Parks Week: 7 National Parks You Should Visit

It is National Parks Week, that time each year when we celebrate the beautiful areas that have been preserved through our national park system. To celebrate, all national parks are free of admission Monday through Friday April 22nd - 26.

Did you know that our national park system has preserved over 84 million acres of national treasures. These parks include 17,000 miles of hiking trails, 43,000 miles of shoreline and 12,000 campsites. Below are 7 national parks we think you should be sure to visit. How many of these parks have you visited already?

Delicate Arch Moab, UT Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

 7 National Park Facts You Didn't Know

Did you know there are only 6 peaks over 10,000 feet high in Glacier National Park- Cleveland, Stimpson, Kintla, Jackson, Siyeh, and Merritt.

Big Bend is famous for its natural resources and spectacular geology. The park is home to more than 1,200 species of plants (including approximately 60 cacti species), 11 species of amphibians, 56 species of reptiles, 40 species of fish, 75 species of mammals, 450 species of birds, and about 3,600 species of insects. The park boasts more types of birds, bats, and cacti than any other national park in the United States.

Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is a paved highway that crosses over the continental divide and reaches an elevation over 12,000 feet above sea level.

Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore covers over 40 miles of Lake Superior, the largest, deepest and coldest of all the Great Lakes.

Only a handful of gypsum dunefields exist and the White Sands National Monument dunefield is by far the world's largest, covering 275 square miles.

The Everglades is not the proverbial swamp many people consider it to be.  It is technically a river, flowing southwest at the slow rate of about a quarter mile per day.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park allows visitors to walk a series of switchbacks do a depth of 750 feet below the ground and into the 7th largest chamber in the world.

National Parks Week Yosemite Valley- Photo by Pierre Moreels

Thanks for reading these facts about our national parks. Have you visited any of the national parks mentioned above? For more fun, check out this post: 3 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Yellowstone.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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