By Madeline Bilis
June 10, 2019
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In 2019, the United States gained its newest national park: White Sands National Park. The park, located in the Tularosa Basin, protects the world's largest gypsum dune field, a 275-square-mile expanse in the desert, according to the National Park Service. Its addition to the long list of U.S. national parks made us wonder — just how many national parks are there?

The U.S. National Park Service was founded in 1916, but the country’s first national park predates it — Yellowstone National Park debuted in 1872 when President Ulysses S. Grant signed it into law. In the years since, America has amassed a total of 62 national parks, from the northern reaches of Alaska to the waters of the Florida Keys. (To see them all, you’d need to visit 29 states and two U.S. territories.)

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While the National Park System comprises 419 national park sites, only 62 of them have the “National Park” designation in their names. The other sites fall into different National Park System categories like National Historic Sites, National Monuments, National Seashores, National Recreation Areas, and others. The Park Service’s website has a handy U.S. National Parks map, as well as a U.S. National Parks list for reference.

Some of the most popular national parks in the country, like Glacier National Park and Yosemite National Park, often top the Park Service’s lists of the highest visitation numbers, while some underrated parks, like Capitol Reef and Great Basin, remain to be not-so-hidden gems.

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Ahead, see the full list of all 62 national parks in the U.S.

Badlands National Park: South Dakota

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Congaree National Park: South Carolina

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Death Valley National Park: California, Nevada

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Tennessee, North Carolina

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Olympic National Park: Washington

Redwood National Park: California

Sequoia National Park: California

Virgin Islands National Park: United States Virgin Islands

Wind Cave National Park: South Dakota

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Yellowstone National Park: Wyoming, Montana, Idaho

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