WikiProject US National Parks

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On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the "Organic Act" creating the National Park Service. The first national park, however, was created much earlier than this: Yellowstone National Park was established by congress on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone was also the world's first national park.

The National Park Service is responsible for 124 historical parks, 75 monuments, 25 battlefields, 18 preserves, 18 recreational areas, 10 sea shores, four parkways, four lake shores, two reserves and 59 national parks. This wiki will focus on the 59 national parks.

WikiProject US National Parks is a WikiProject to encourage mapping of the national parks.


The National Park Service creates wonderful PDF maps of the parks. Harper's Ferry Center is a one-stop source for maps and park documentation. Some of those PDF documents are geospatial (geopdf) PDFs. Once they are converted into geotiff format, they can be used as a layer in JOSM to assist entering data. Use the US National Park Service Tagging as a guide when using National Park Service PDF maps to enter points of interest (POIs) into OpenStreetMap.

National Park Service GIS Data is available for download. GIS data from the NPS is generally public domain. However, any import of the data should follow the Import/Guidelines.

Mapping Parties

If you plan to conduct a mapping party in a national park, contact the volunteer coordinator at the park for assistance.

National Parks List

US National Parks
National Park
Local OSM Users
Acadia Maine
American Samoa American Samoa No park boundaries
Arches Utah
Badlands South Dakota
Big Bend Texas
Biscayne Florida
Black Canyon of the Gunnison Colorado
Bryce Canyon Utah
Canyonlands Utah
Capitol Reef Utah
Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico
Channel Islands California Park is initiating data overhaul and upgrade, starting March 2014 User:Channel_Islands_NPS Project wiki - Channel Islands National Park
Congaree South Carolina No park boundaries
Crater Lake Oregon
Cuyahoga Valley Ohio Park Boundaries (incomplete), some streams, trails added
Death Valley California, Nevada
Denali Alaska No park boundaries
Dry Tortugas Florida
Everglades Florida
Gates of the Arctic Alaska No park boundaries
Glacier Montana
Glacier Bay Alaska
Grand Canyon Arizona User:techlady Project wiki - Grand Canyon National Park
Grand Teton Wyoming
Great Basin Nevada
Great Sand Dunes Colorado
Great Smoky Mountains North Carolina, Tennessee Park is reviewing substantial data upgrade, planning on bulk import when released to public User:tpcolson Project wiki - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Guadalupe Mountains Texas No park boundaries
Haleakalā Hawaii No park boundaries
Hawaii Volcanoes Hawaii
Hot Springs Arkansas
Isle Royale Michigan
Joshua Tree California User:techlady
Katmai Alaska No park boundaries
Kenai Fjords Alaska No park boundaries
Kings Canyon California
Kobuk Valley Alaska No park boundaries
Lake Clark Alaska No park boundaries
Lassen Volcanic California
Mammoth Cave Kentucky No park boundaries?
Mesa Verde Colorado User:techlady
Mount Rainier Washington User:Glassman
North Cascades Washington Needs streams, lakes and glaciers added User:Glassman
Olympic Washington
Petrified Forest Arizona User:techlady
Pinnacles California
Redwood California
Rocky Mountain Colorado User:tekim
Saguaro Arizona
Sequoia California
Shenandoah Virigina
Theodore Roosevelt North Dakota
Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands No park boundaries
Voyageurs Minnesota No park boundaries
Wind Cave South Dakota
Wrangell –St. Elias Alaska No park boundaries
Yellowstone Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
Yosemite California
Zion Utah User:techlady