12 Days of National Parks
As my faithful readers, you know that I have relocated to Tucson, AZ in the lovely Sonoran Desert. 2019 has been a year of exploring the Southwest in general and the state of Arizona specifically. This region is packed with National Parks. I have loved exploring the Parks, and thought you would enjoy some interesting facts and tips about the National Park Service: America’s Best Idea.
National Park Service
The National Park Service was created in 1916, by President Woodrow Wilson. Its mission statement is:
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.nps.gov
At the end of 2019, the NPS maintains and preserves 419 “parks” comprised of 19 different designations. Such park designations as National Monuments, National Historic Sites, National Memorials, National Lakeshores and of course National Parks. The most well known parks are the 61 National Parks spread over 27 states and the Virgin Islands. The NPS offers an explanation of their designating/naming process on the website.
12 Day Series
Hopefully, as we spend the next 12 days learning about the National Parks Service, you will discover some spots to add to your 2020 bucket lists.
Day 4 Urban National Parks
Day 5 National Historic Sites
Day 6 National Monuments
Day 7 National Historic Trails
Day 8 National Scenic Trails
Day 9 Dark Sky National Parks
Day 11 National Forests
Day 12 Largest, Smallest and More, National Parks