National Parks

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In 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act, creating the first national park in the world: Yellowstone National Park.

The idea of national parks was born out of a desire to protect and preserve America’s natural wonders, which were rapidly being destroyed by settlement, logging, mining, and other forms of development. The creation of Yellowstone National Park was a major milestone in the conservation movement, and it set a precedent for the establishment of other national parks.

Over the next several decades, other national parks were established, including Yosemite, Sequoia, and General Grant (now Kings Canyon) National Parks in California, and Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State. These early national parks were primarily focused on preserving natural landscapes, but as the national park system grew, it also came to include historical and cultural sites.

Today, the United States National Park System includes more than 400 areas that encompass over 84 million acres across the country. These areas include national parks, monuments, historic sites, seashores, and recreation areas. National parks are now established not only to preserve natural beauty, but also to commemorate important events and cultural heritage, and to provide recreational opportunities for visitors. The National Park Service manages and preserves these areas for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

Your Guide to the National Parks– hiking, guides, and more!

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