National Parks Visited

Many of these places would be on my list of places to visit even if the were not national parks.  I do not have a “bucket list” item to see all these parks,  but I did want to list them, track my visits and plan to see some I’ve never been to.

I’ve visited 13 of the 58 active National Parks.  I’ve been to the Grand Canyon the most (5 times), Yosemite next with 4 and about to be 5, and Sequoia with 3 visits is last but not least.  I’ve been to the Badlands in South Dakota 3 times also,  but once was before it was a National Park.

Next up:  Yosemite (September 2016), Joshua Tree National Park (Spring 2017)

National Parks By Creation Date

Park Date Created Date Visited Comment
Yellowstone March 1, 1872 1987, 2016 The geysers are cool, but be sure to see the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

Yellowstone and Grand Tetons (7 Aug 2016) – Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River

Mackinac September 25, 1890 N/A Decommissioned 1895, now a Michigan State Park
Rock Creek September 25, 1890 N/A Merged into the National Capitol Parks system.
Sequoia October 1, 1890 1987, 2013, 2014  Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Part 2 – Moro Rock and Stony Creek – June 2013)

Sequoia National Park (July 2011) – (Part 2 – Buck Rock Lookout and Grants Grove)

Sequoia National Park Car Camping (July 2011) – (Part 1 – Stony Creek Campground, Crescent Meadow, and the Giant Forest)

Yosemite October 1, 1890 1987, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016 Yosemite National Park Posts
Mount Rainier March 2, 1899
Crater Lake May 22, 1902
Wind Cave January 9, 1903
Mesa Verde June 29, 1906  1980
Glacier May 11, 1910
Rocky Mountain January 26, 1915
Haleakalā August 1, 1916  2015  Maui (October 2015) (Part 5 – Haleakalā Crater, Sunrise Bike Ride from Haleakalā)

Maui (October 2015) (Part 2 – Road to Hana, Pipiwai Trail, Haleakalā National Park)

Hawaii Valcanoes August 1, 1916
Lassen Valcanic August 9, 1916
Denali February 26, 1917
Acadia February 26, 1919
Grand Canyon February 26, 1919  1980, 1986, 2002, 2010, 2014  Grand Canyon Posts
Zion November 19, 1919  1987, 2012  Zion National Park (Observation Point, Narrows – September 2012)
Hot Springs March 4, 1921
Shenandoah May 22, 1926  2011?  Took a hike on the trail to Doyles River Falls.  Quick visit just after a business trip.
Bryce Canyon February 25, 1928
Grand Tetons February 26, 1929  2016  Beautiful lakes and mountain range/peaks.
Carlsbad Caverns May 14, 1930
Everglades May 30, 1934
Great Smokey Mountains June 15, 1934  I’ve driven through a few times on I40 when I lived in North Carolina, but never stopped in for a visit.
Olympic June 29, 1938
Kings Canyon March 4, 1940  2013  Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park (Part 1 – Kings River, Cedar Grove, and Mist Falls Trail – June 2013)
Isle Royal April 3, 1940
Mammoth Cave July 1, 1941
Big Bend June 12, 1944
Virgin Islands August 2, 1956
Petrified Forest December 9, 1962
Canyonlands September 12, 1964  The sign leaving Arches National Park almost got me to head that way, but it was in the wrong direction.
Guadalupe Mountains October 15, 1966
North Cascades October 2, 1968
Redwood October 2, 1968  1997
Voyageurs January 8, 1971
Arches November 12, 1971  1987
Capitol Reef December 18, 1971
Badlands November 10, 1978  (1972), 1999, 2008
Theodore Roosevelt November 10, 1978
Channel Islands March 5, 1980
Biscayne June 28, 1980
Gates of the Arctic December 2, 1980
Glacier Bay December 2, 1980
Katmai December 2, 1980
Kenai Fjords December 2, 1980
Kobuk December 2, 1980
Lake Clark December 2, 1980
Wrangell – St Elias December 2, 1980
Great Basin October 27, 1986
American Samoa October 31, 1988
Dry Tortugas October 26, 1992
Saguaro October 14, 1994
Death Valley October 31, 1994
Joshua Tree October 31, 1994
Black Canyon of the Gunnison October 21, 1999
Cuyahoga Valley October 11, 2000
Conagree November 10, 2003
Great Sand Dunes September 13, 2004
Pinnacles January 10, 2013
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