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Grand Canyon National Park photos
Monument Valley Park photos
Arches National Park photos
Bryce Canyon National Park photos
Glacier National Park photos
Grand Teton National Park photos
Yosemite National Park photos
Yellowstone National Park photos
Zion National Park photos
Navajo National Monument photos
Death Valley National Park photos
Petrified Forest National Park photos

Navajo National Monument photosSince its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has managed each of the United States' national parks. There are 58 National Parks, 74 National Monuments that have a total of 3,565 miles of scenic trails.

The largest national park is Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska. The largest in the contiguous 48 states is Death Valley at 3.3M acres The smallest site is The Thaddeus Kosciuszko N. Memorial. The total area of national parks in the US is 3.6 percent of the total area of the US.

Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the world. In 1872, there was no state government to manage it, so the Federal Government assumed direct control. Yosemite National Park began as a state park; the land for the park was donated by the Federal Government to the State of California in 1864 for perpetual conservation. Yosemite was later returned to Federal ownership.

Notable national parks in the USA today include:

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