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Some National Parks at a Glance

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[Number, 18; total area, 10,739 square miles]

Hot Springs, 1832Middle Arkansas1-1/246 hot springs possessing curative properties—Many hotels and boarding houses—20 bath-houses under public control.
Yellowstone, 1872Northwestern Wyoming3,348More geysers than in all rest of world together—Boiling springs—Mud volcanoes—Petrified forests—Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, remarkable for gorgeous coloring—Large lakes—Many large streams and waterfalls—Greatest wild bird and animal preserve in world.
Sequoia, 1890Middle eastern California252The Big Tree National Park—12,000 sequoia trees over 10 feet in diameter, some 25 to 36 feet in diameter—Towering mountain ranges—Startling precipices—Large limestone cave.
Yosemite, 1890Middle eastern California1,125Valley of world-famed beauty—Lofty cliffs—Romantic vistas—Many waterfalls of extraordinary height—3 groves of big trees—High Sierra—Waterwheel falls.
General Grant, 1890Middle eastern California4Created to preserve the celebrated General Grant Tree, 35 feet in diameter—6 miles from Sequoia National Park.
Mount Rainier, 1899West central Washington324Largest accessible single peak glacier system—28 glaciers, some of large size—48 square miles of glacier, 50 to 500 feet thick—Wonderful subalpine wild flower fields.
Crater Lake, 1902Southwestern Oregon249Lake of extraordinary blue in crater of extinct volcano—Sides 1,000 feet high—Interesting lava formations.
Wind Cave, 1903South Dakota17Cavern having many miles of galleries and numerous chambers containing peculiar formations.
Platt, 1904S. Oklahoma1-1/3Many sulphur and other springs possessing medicinal value.
Sullys Hill, 1904North Dakota1-1/5Small park with woods, streams, and a lake—Is an important wild animal preserve.
Mesa Verde, 1906S.W. Colorado77Most notable and best preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in United States, if not in the world.
Glacier, 1910Northwestern Montana1,534Rugged mountain region of unsurpassed Alpine character—250 glacier-fed lakes of romantic beauty—60 small glaciers—Sensational scenery of marked individuality.
Rocky Mountain, 1915North middle Colorado398Heart of the Rockies—Snowy range, peaks 11,000 to 14,250 feet altitude—Remarkable records of glacial period.
Hawaii, 1916Hawaiian Islands118Three separate volcanic areas—Kilauea and Mauna Loa on Hawaii; Haleakala on Maui.
Lassen Volcanic, 1916Northern California124Only active volcano in United States proper—Lassen Peak 10,465 feet—Cinder Cone 6,879 feet—Hot springs—Mud geysers.
Mount McKinley, 1917South central Alaska2,200Highest mountain in North America—Rises higher above surrounding country than any other mountain in world.
Grand Canyon, 1919North central Arizona958The greatest example of erosion and the most sublime spectacle in the world—One mile deep and eight to twelve miles wide—Brilliantly colored.
Lafayette, 1919Maine Coast8The group of granite mountains on Mount Desert Island.

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