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Re: National Parks
« Reply #50 on: January 20, 2012, 05:23:10 PM »

I haven't been to too many NPs/NMs.
Badlands NP - South Dakota
Mt Rushmore - South Dakota
Mammoth Cave NP - Kentucky
Dinosaur NP - Colorado
Flaming Gorge NP (partly) - Wyoming
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #51 on: February 11, 2012, 03:37:55 PM »

Three favorites, generally not crowded:

Va.: Prince William Forest Park
Calif.: Joshua Tree NP
Md.: Catoctin Mountain Park

Others, no special order:

Fort Washington Park
Fort McHenry NM
C&O Canal NHP
Antietam National Battlefield
Rock Creek Park
Gettysburg National Military Park
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
Shenandoah NP
Blue Ridge Parkway
Colonial Parkway
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Baltimore-Washington Parkway
Suitland Parkway
Great Smoky Mountains NP
Acadia NP
Muir Woods National Monument
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #52 on: February 26, 2012, 12:09:35 AM »

are there any national parks to which you don't have to pay admission?  I could've sworn I've gone to several, casually noticed a sign, and not been stopped at a tollbooth.

I have been charged $25 toll just because I needed to cross the sierras and CA-120 was the most expedient through route ... but I've also avoided paying at the Grand Canyon by arriving at 2am and leaving at 5.30.

The park is not intended as a through route.  Sonora Pass, CA-108, should be as fast considering the roads through the park are pretty slow.  Also no commercial vehicles in the park, and the Tioga Pass road closes at the first heavy snow.

You can pass through the Eastside Road of Mt. Rainier National Park without paying the admission charge -- WA-410 and WA-123.  But the most interesting and most visited areas of the park are not along that road.
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #53 on: February 26, 2012, 12:22:20 AM »

are there any national parks to which you don't have to pay admission?  I could've sworn I've gone to several, casually noticed a sign, and not been stopped at a tollbooth.

I have been charged $25 toll just because I needed to cross the sierras and CA-120 was the most expedient through route ... but I've also avoided paying at the Grand Canyon by arriving at 2am and leaving at 5.30.

The park is not intended as a through route.  Sonora Pass, CA-108, should be as fast considering the roads through the park are pretty slow.  Also no commercial vehicles in the park, and the Tioga Pass road closes at the first heavy snow.

You can pass through the Eastside Road of Mt. Rainier National Park without paying the admission charge -- WA-410 and WA-123.  But the most interesting and most visited areas of the park are not along that road.

There are plenty of national parks with no admission fee or only fees to visit certain parts.  I think Great Smoky Mountains NP has no fee.  I know for sure North Cascades and Redwood don't. 

Others, like Mt Rainier will let you use the part that's a through route for free but charge to get into the core part of the park.  Cars using OR 62 through Crater Lake NP aren't charged, but right when you turn off that highway to head towards the rim you encounter the fee station.  The same is true in Grand Teton NP -- no fee for using US 26 crossing the east side, but you have to pay to go north of Moran Jct or take the park loop road on the west side.

Basically, I think if a major through route crosses part of the park, they'll let traffic use it for free, but that isn't true for routes that mostly access the scenic areas.
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #54 on: February 26, 2012, 04:42:05 AM »

My list, in comparison is rather small:

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Keweenaw National Historic Park
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

And if you're going to count former NPs, I've been to the former Mackinac National Park, now Mackinac Island State Park.

For a near miss, I drove by the River Raisin National Battlefield Park.
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #55 on: February 27, 2012, 02:08:14 PM »

Going on a great trip in August.  Durango/Silverton train, west side of San Juan Skyway, Arches & Canyonlands, Glenwood Canyon, Eisenhower Tunnel, Loveland Pass, Rocky Mountain NP, Mt Evans, Pikes Peak.
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #56 on: February 27, 2012, 02:10:04 PM »

we did 10 parks & 3 monuments last August.  The $80 annual pass paid for itself by the 4th park, and we can use it thru our trip this august.  It was an awesome value!
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #57 on: February 27, 2012, 05:59:14 PM »

we did 10 parks & 3 monuments last August.  The $80 annual pass paid for itself by the 4th park, and we can use it thru our trip this august.  It was an awesome value!

I've never failed to make that pass pay for itself.  I agree, great value.
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #58 on: July 27, 2012, 10:26:48 AM »

Ranger Doug recently released designs for Badlands:
http://www.rangerdoug.com/badlands-national-park

And Big Bend:
http://www.rangerdoug.com/big-bend-national-park

It appears that they are working on these for future releases:
Statue of Liberty (for the fall reopening), Death Valley, Dinosaur, Joshua Tree, and Mt. Rushmore.  It's also been mentioned that they are working on Gettysburg (I'm guessing in honor of the 150th anniversary of the battle.)

From the trip to Acadia in May - that will be the fifth in my collection.  Great Smoky and Shenandoah are the two I hope to visit (our earlier vacation plans have changed) within the next year or two.
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #59 on: July 30, 2012, 12:24:22 PM »

I've never failed to make that pass pay for itself.  I agree, great value.

...and even if you can't make enough park visits for the pass to "pay for itself", your money is used to support an extrememly worthy cause. 

I "lost money" on an annual park pass once and I didn't feel like I short-changed myself one bit.  I don't have any extra money to just throw around, mind you, but I'd be willing to pay a lot more to visit our national parks.  I'm sure most of us agree that the national parks are among the greatest gifts our predecessors left us.  I'll never take them for granted and I'm trying to instill that same attitude in my teenage son.
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #60 on: August 24, 2017, 10:22:37 AM »

Just visited my 252nd NPS site -- Obed NSWR in Tennessee.
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #61 on: August 25, 2017, 11:06:03 AM »

we did 10 parks & 3 monuments last August.  The $80 annual pass paid for itself by the 4th park, and we can use it thru our trip this august.  It was an awesome value!

If you're going to the southwest, the pass can literally pay for itself in three days.  Less if you're near Flagstaff.
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #62 on: August 25, 2017, 11:11:22 AM »

I went to Yellowstone, Arches, Mount Rushmore, the Williamsburg/Jamestown ones in Virginia, Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, Mount Washington, the one on Petersburg, Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountains.
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #63 on: August 25, 2017, 03:59:36 PM »

I've been to several NPs... in Spain obviously :sombrero:, and one in France located right across the border.  These are:
Ordesa and Monte Perdido NP (The "lost mountain", along with many other mountains in the Aragonese Pyrenees, has recently been "Denali-ized", i.e. renamed back to its traditional name of "Treserols", although "Monte Perdido" remains official as it has been stuck for ages)
Garajonay NP (In the Canaries, but I don't remember it as I was a little child when I visited. I'm not sure if I have been to the Cañadas del Teide NP, also in the Canaries)
Picos de Europa NP (the only one spanning more than one region)
Tablas de Daimiel NP
The French one: Pyrenees NP (Which borders Ordesa and Monte Perdido, above)
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #64 on: August 27, 2017, 01:46:50 AM »

I've visited the Grand Canyon and Kings Canyon National Park, both were amazing experiences. I hope I can go to Yosemite one day.
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #65 on: August 27, 2017, 06:24:48 AM »

I've been to 46 National Parks and only have Acadia to go to finish the circuit in the Lower 48 States.   On the trip I'm presently in I went to Isle Royale and Voyageurs for the first time.

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Re: National Parks
« Reply #66 on: August 30, 2017, 11:03:50 PM »

Here's my list...

Nevada

Lake Mead

Washington

Olympic
Mt. Rainier


Oregon

Crater Lake

California

Redwood
Golden Gate NRA
Lassen Volcanic

Montana

Glacier

Utah

Golden Spike NHS
Arches
Bryce Canyon
Cedar Breaks NM
Zion
Glen Canyon NRA

Arizona

Grand Canyon
Wupatki NM
Sunset Crater NM
Walnut Canyon NM
Tonto NM
Organ Pipe Cactus NM
Saguaro
Casa Grande Ruins NM
Hohokam Pima NM (Technically. It's not open to the public)
Petrified Forest
Canyon De Chelly NM

Wyoming

Yellowstone
John D Rockefeller Jr NPkwy
Grand Teton
Devil's Tower NM

Colorado

Colorado NM
Rocky Mountain
Florissant Fossil Beds NM
Great Sand Dunes NM (It was a NM when I visited. It's a NP now)
Dinosaur NM
Mesa Verde

New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns


South Dakota

Wind Cave
Jewel Cave NM
Mt. Rushmore NMem
Badlands NM (It was a NM when I visited. It's a NP now)

Arkansas

Hot Springs

Illinois

Pullman NM
Lincoln Home NHS

Kentucky

Mammoth Cave
Lincoln's Birthplace NHS

Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains
Cumberland Gap NHP

Alabama

Gulf Islands NS

Indiana

Indiana Dunes National PARK

Michigan

Sleeping Bear Dunes NL
Pictured Rocks NL

Florida

Everglades

North Carolina

Cape Hatteras NS
Blue Ridge NPkway
Wright Brothers NMem

Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley

Maryland

Greenbelt Park
Catocin Park
Baltimore Washington Pkwy

Washington DC

White House - when I was there the park service ran the tours. - not sure who does now.
Washington Monument
Jefferson Memorial
Lincoln Memorial

New Jersey

Delaware Water Gap NRA
Statue of Liberty NM
Ellis Island NM
Gateway NRA

Massachusetts

Cape Cod NS

Maine

Acadia

Pennsylvania

Independence NHP
Gettysburg NMP

Missouri

Gateway Arch NP

Forest Service Areas

Mt. St. Helens NM - (USFS)
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« Reply #67 on: August 30, 2017, 11:10:18 PM »

Just hit Stonewall NM for my 253rd National Park Service site.
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #68 on: August 31, 2017, 05:25:13 AM »

Here's my lack-lustre US list.

Grand Canyon NP
Canaveral NS
Golden Gate NRA
Lake Mead NRA
Santa Monica Mountains NRA
San Francisco Maritime NHP


I've now crossed the boundary into every English NP, though Yorkshire Dales and Northumberland are dubiously (like I'm on a road and it dips inside the boundary for a short distance) and 'while still in the car'. Pembrokeshire and Cairngorms are the only British ones I've not been anywhere near.

I've done the following World Heritage Sites:

France
Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Former Abbey of Saint-Rémi and Palace of Tau, Reims
Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars
Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay
The Loire Valley between Sully-sur-Loire and Chalonnes

Malta
City of Valletta
Megalithic Temples of Malta
Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum

Spain
Works of Antoni Gaudí

UK
Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey, and St Martin's Church
Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
Frontiers of the Roman Empire
Ironbridge Gorge
Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City
Maritime Greenwich
Dorset and East Devon Coast
Tower of London
The English Lake District
Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey including Saint Margaret’s Church

USA
Grand Canyon
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« Reply #69 on: August 31, 2017, 07:48:45 AM »

I've been to all of Connecticut's NPS sites.  :bigass:
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #70 on: August 31, 2017, 10:27:35 AM »

I've been to all of Connecticut's NPS sites.  :bigass:

Not too long ago, Illinois had only one National Park site, and Delaware had none.  Now it's Illinois 2, Delaware one.  The NPS needs to make Cahokia Mounds in Cahokia, IL a National Monument soon.  It's been talked about for some time, and given how it probably was the largest native settlement ever in North America, it should have been done years ago.

Also worth noting is that there's a strong push to upgrade Indiana Dunes to a full fledged National Park, from its National Lakeshore status.
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« Reply #71 on: August 31, 2017, 12:06:27 PM »

I've been to all of Connecticut's NPS sites.  :bigass:

Not too long ago, Illinois had only one National Park site, and Delaware had none.  Now it's Illinois 2, Delaware one.  The NPS needs to make Cahokia Mounds in Cahokia, IL a National Monument soon.  It's been talked about for some time, and given how it probably was the largest native settlement ever in North America, it should have been done years ago.

Also worth noting is that there's a strong push to upgrade Indiana Dunes to a full fledged National Park, from its National Lakeshore status.

Out of curiosity do you have any articles or things written on the topic?   I would probably say not only the Indiana Dunes but the Sleeping Bear Dunes would be worthy of an upgrade. 

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« Reply #72 on: August 31, 2017, 05:42:17 PM »

I don't think "upgrades" mean that much when it comes to preservation.  If anything, it means more visitation and more stress on the features meant to be protected.
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« Reply #73 on: August 31, 2017, 05:55:01 PM »

And, just because I can, the 253 NPS sites I have visited:

 Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
 Acadia National Park
 Adams National Historical Park
 African Burial Ground National Monument
 Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
 Andrew Johnson National Historic Site
 Antietam National Battlefield
 Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
 Appalachian National Scenic Trail
 Appomattox Court House National Historical Park
 Arches National Park
 Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
 Assateague Island National Seashore
 Badlands National Park
 Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument
 Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
 Big Bend National Park
 Big Cypress National Preserve
 Biscayne National Park
 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
 Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park
 Blue Ridge Parkway
 Bluestone National Scenic River
 Booker T. Washington National Monument
 Boston African American National Historic Site
 Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
 Boston National Historical Park
 Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
 Bryce Canyon National Park
 Canaveral National Seashore
 Canyonlands National Park
 Cape Cod National Seashore
 Cape Hatteras National Seashore
 Cape Lookout National Seashore
 Capitol Reef National Park
 Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
 Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
 Castle Clinton National Monument
 Catoctin Mountain Park
 Cedar Breaks National Monument
 Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park
 Chamizal National Memorial
 Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
 Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park
 Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
 City of Rocks National Reserve
 Clara Barton National Historic Site
 Colonial National Historical Park
 Colorado National Monument
 Constitution Gardens
 Crater Lake National Park
 Craters of the Moon National Monument
 Craters of the Moon National Preserve
 Cumberland Gap National Historical Park
 Curecanti National Recreation Area
 Cuyahoga Valley National Park
 Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park
 De Soto National Memorial
 Death Valley National Park
 Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
 Devils Postpile National Monument
 Devils Tower National Monument
 Dinosaur National Monument
 Dry Tortugas National Park
 Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
 Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
 Eisenhower National Historic Site
 El Malpais National Monument
 El Morro National Monument
 Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
 Everglades National Park
 Federal Hall National Memorial
 Fire Island National Seashore
 First Ladies National Historic Site
 First State National Monument
 Flight 93 National Memorial
 Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
 Fort Caroline National Memorial
 Fort Davis National Historic Site
 Fort Frederica National Monument
 Fort Larned National Historic Site
 Fort Matanzas National Monument
 Fort McHenry NM and Historic Shrine
 Fort Monroe National Monument
 Fort Necessity National Battlefield
 Fort Pulaski National Monument
 Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
 Fort Scott National Historic Site
 Fort Stanwix National Monument
 Fort Sumter National Monument
 Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site
 Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
 Fort Washington Park
 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
 Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
 Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial
 Friendship Hill National Historic Site
 Gateway National Recreation Area
 Gauley River National Recreation Area
 General Grant National Memorial
 George Rogers Clark National Historical Park
 George Washington Birthplace National Monument
 George Washington Memorial Parkway
 Gettysburg National Military Park
 Glacier National Park
 Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
 Golden Gate National Recreation Area
 Governors Island National Monument
 Grand Canyon National Park
 Grand Teton National Park
 Great Basin National Park
 Great Egg Harbor National Scenic and Recreational River
 Great Smoky Mountains National Park
 Greenbelt Park
 Gulf Islands National Seashore
 Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
 Haleakalā National Park
 Hamilton Grange National Memorial
 Hampton National Historic Site
 Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
 Harriett Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument
 Harry S Truman National Historic Site
 Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park
 Home of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site
 Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
 Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site
 Hot Springs National Park
 Hovenweep National Monument
 Independence National Historical Park
 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
 James A. Garfield National Historic Site
 Jean Lafitte NHP and Preserve
 Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
 Jewel Cave National Monument
 John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway
 John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site
 Johnstown Flood National Memorial
 Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
 Korean War Veterans National Memorial
 Lake Chelan National Recreation Area
 Lake Mead National Recreation Area
 Lewis & Clark National Historical Park
 Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial
 Lincoln Memorial
 Little River Canyon National Preserve
 Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site
 Longfellow National Historic Site
 Lowell National Historical Park
 Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac National Memorial
 Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
 Mammoth Cave National Park
 Manassas National Battlefield Park
 Manhattan Project National Historical Park
 Manzanar National Historic Site
 Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
 Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site
 Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
 Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
 Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
 Mesa Verde National Park
 Middle Delaware National Scenic River
 Minidoka National Historic Site
 Minute Man National Historical Park
 Mississippi National River and Recreation Areas
 Mojave National Preserve
 Monocacy National Battlefield
 Moores Creek National Battlefield
 Morristown National Historical Park
 Mount Rainier National Park
 Mount Rushmore National Memorial
 Muir Woods National Monument
 Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
 Natchez Trace Parkway
 National Capital Parks
 National Mall
 Natural Bridges National Monument
 New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
 New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
 New River Gorge National River
 North Cascades National Park
 Obed Wild and Scenic River
 Olympic National Park
 Oregon Caves National Monument & Preserve
 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Preserve (one unit)
 Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
 Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site
 Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
 Petersburg National Battlefield
 Petrified Forest National Park
 Petroglyph National Monument
 Pipe Spring National Monument
 Piscataway Park
 Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
 Poverty Point National Monument
 Prince William Forest Park
 Redwood National Park
 Richmond National Battlefield Park
 Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River
 River Raisin National Battlefield Park
 Rock Creek Park
 Rocky Mountain National Park
 Roger Williams National Memorial
 Russell Cave National Monument
 Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
 Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway
 Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site
 Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
 Salem Maritime National Historic Site
 San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
 San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
 San Juan Island National Historical Park
 Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
 Saratoga National Historical Park
 Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site
 Sequoia National Park
 Shenandoah National Park
 Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
 Springfield Armory National Historic Site
 Statue of Liberty National Monument
 Steamtown National Historic Site
 Stonewall National Monument
 Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
 Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
 Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
 Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial
 Theodore Roosevelt National Park
 Thomas Edison National Historical Park
 Thomas Jefferson Memorial
 Thomas Stone National Historic Site
 Timpanogos Cave National Monument
 Timucuan Ecological and Historic National Preserve
 Tupelo National Battlefield
 Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site
 Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreation River
 Valley Forge National Historical Park
 Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
 Vicksburg National Military Park
 Vietnam Veterans Memorial
 Washington Monument
 Weir Farm National Historic Site
 White House (President's Park)
 William Howard Taft National Historic Site
 Wind Cave National Park
 Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
 Women's Rights National Historical Park
 World War II Memorial
 World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument
 Wright Brothers National Memorial
 Yellowstone National Park
 Yosemite National Park
 Yucca House National Monument
 Zion National Park
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Re: National Parks
« Reply #74 on: August 31, 2017, 11:33:38 PM »

I don't think "upgrades" mean that much when it comes to preservation.  If anything, it means more visitation and more stress on the features meant to be protected.

Really there are some lower tier units in the Park System that probably meet the criteria of being significant enough to be visited on the level of a National Park.  The way I see it, a National Park should be the "best of the best" so to speak.  To me stuff like the Sleeping Bear Dunes, White Sands, or even a Canyon de Chelley are on the level of what you would experience at a National Park but lack the facilities of one.  On the flip side some National Parks probably shouldn't be in that "top tier" so to speak.  Places like Congaree and Biscayne National Parks come to mind as units that ought to be National Monuments at best. 

 


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