List of National Parks in the West
The list of National Parks in the West you can visit is large!
If you like nature, wildlife and the great outdoors these parks are great places to consider for your next cheap vacation.
They are wonderful places to unwind and get back in touch with yourself and loved ones.
This list of National Parks in the west is broken down by state.
It includes Colorado, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas South Dakota, Washington, Utah, Montana and Wyoming.
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Colorado National Parks
Black Canyon of the Gunnison - This park is known for its river gorge with sheer cliffs as deep as 2,722 feet.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve - This park is known for its towering land locked sand dunes.
Mesa Verde National Park - This park is known for its ancient Pueblo cliff dwellings
California National Parks
Channel Islands National Park - This is a five island park that boasts 145 species not found anywhere else on the planet.
Death Valley National Park - There is blistering heat, breathtaking desert views and it is the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere.
Joshua Tree National Park - Known for its world class rock climbing, and incredible desert vistas.
Lassen Volcanic National Park - This park is in the location of a dormant volcano.
Redwood National Park - This park is the location of the Giant and majestic Redwoods.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon - There are groves of giant Sequoias here.
Yosemite National Park - This park was carved out by glaciers.
Yosemite National Park - NPS Picture
Arizona National Parks
The Grand Canyon National Park - Mule rides, river rafting and searching for fossils are all fun activities in this amazing natural wonder.
Petrified Forest National Park - This park boasts fallen and fossilized trees.
Saguaro National Park - This park has one of the densest areas of Saguaros cactus in the Sonoran desert.
New Mexico National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park - This park is different than most other national parks since most of it is underground.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park - NPS Picture
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Texas National Parks
Big Bend National Park- Located in Southwestern Texas this park is known for its size, remote location and the Rio Grande. Biking, backpacking, wildlife watching, and rafting are all fun activities to do.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park - This park is home to many plant, bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian species.
Lyndon B. Johnson National Park - This park has historical properties associated with Lyndon Baines Johnson
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park - There are four 18th century Spanish Missions which are the foundation of San Antonio.
South Dakota National Parks
Badlands National Park - This park has unique, beautiful and colorful buttes and spires that seem to be out of this world.
Wind Cave National Park - Wind Cave is one of the largest caves in the world.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial - This impressive rock sculpture includes the faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
National Parks in Oregon
Crater Lake National Park - At 1,943 feet Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the US and the 7th deepest in the world. The water is crystal clear.
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park - The 33 members of the Lewis and Clark expedition spend the 1805-06 winter at Fort Clatsop. A replica of the fort is the center of attraction at the park.
Crater Lake National Park - NPS Picture
Washington National Parks
Mount Rainier National Park - The mountain is massive, majestic and is an active volcano.
North Cascades National Park - This park is known for its beautiful snow covered mountain vistas and its glacier lakes.
Olympic National Park - There are Sol Duc hot springs, rain forests, rugged coastlines and skiing at Hurricane Ridge.
There is more to the List of National Parks in the West.
Mount Rainier National Park - NPS Picture
National Parks in Utah
Arches National Park - This park is known for its large concentrations of sandstone arches.
Bryce Canyon National Park - This park is known for its bizarre shapes and rocks with that are bright red-orange.
Canyonlands National Park - This park is known for its canyons, white water rafting, biking, four wheeling rock climbing and hiking.
Capital Reef National Park - This park is known for its solitude and beauty.
Zion National Park - This park is known for its sheer 2,000 foot cliffs and river carved canyons.
Montana National Parks
Glacier National Park - This one million acre park has nearly 50 glaciers, 10,000 ft peaks, many lakes and waterways and steep ravines. It is a wildlife paradise with grizzly bears, gray wolves, cougars, moose, cougars, big horn sheep and more.
Wyoming National Parks
Grand Teton National Park - This park is known for its diverse wildlife and jagged mountain peaks.
Yellowstone National Park - This park is known for its extreme seismic activity. There are incredible hot springs and geysers.
If you are looking to get away to the great wilderness, this list of National Parks will hopefully give you some ideas for your next great vacation.
Grand Teton National Park - NPS Picture
Note: Pictures for list of national parks are courtesy of the National Park Service.
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