What in the size? A break down of the US National Parks by Size

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The National Parks come in all shapes and sizes.  The largest national park in the United States is the size of Maryland.  While the smallest is 9 times smaller than Central Park in New York City, New York.  It is truly astounding when one realizes that the national parks of the United States take up 52 million acres of the land area. That is about 2% of the land area of the United States.  Here is a break down of the US National Parks by Size

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The United States National Parks have been inspiring generations. The parks come in all sorts of sizes. Here is a breakdown of the National Parks by size.

List of the Largest National Parks

National Park State Acres Comparable Country, State or Island
Wrangell-St. Elias Alaska 8,323,146.48 Moldova
Gates of the Arctic Alaska 7,523,897.40 Maryland
Denali Alaska 4,740,911.16 Slovenia
Katmai Alaska 3,674,529.33 Connecticut
Death Valley California and Nevada 3,373,063.14 Montenegro
Glacier Bay Alaska 3,223,383.43 Montenegro
Lake Clark Alaska 2,619,816.49 Lebanon
Kobuk Valley Alaska 2,219,790.71 Puerto Rico
Everglades Florida 1,750,716.16 Palestine
Grand Canyon Arizona 1,400,539.30 Trinidad and Tobado
Glacier Montana 1,201,647.03 Cape Verde
Olympic Washington 922,649.41 Rhode Island
Big Bend Texas 801,163.21 Iturup Island (Russia)
Joshua Tree California 790,635.74 Makira (Solomon Islands)
Yosemite California 761,747.50 Zemlya Georga Island (Russia)
Kenai Fjords Alaska 669,650.05 Unalaska Island (Alaska)
Isle Royale Michigan 571,790.30 Luxembourg
Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee, North Carolina 522,426.88 Alor Island (Indonesia )
North Cascades Washington 504,780.94 Mauritius
Kings Canyon California 461,901.20 Comoros
Sequoia California 404,062.63 Ã…land Islands (Finland)
Canyonlands Utah 337,597.83 Faroe Islands (Denmark)
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes Hawaii 323,431.38 Lougheed Island (Canada)
Grand Teton Wyoming 310,044.22 Mill Island (Antarctica)
Rocky Mountain Colorado 265,795.20 Tahiti (French Polynesia)
Channel Islands California 249,561.00 Hiiumaa (Estonia)
Badlands South Dakota 242,755.94 São Tomé and Príncipe
Capitol Reef Utah 241,904.50 São Tomé and Príncipe
Mount Rainier Washington 236,381.64 São Tomé and Príncipe
Petrified Forest Arizona 221,390.21 Turks and Caicos Islands
Voyageurs Minnesota 218,200.15 Attu Island (Alaska)
Shenandoah Virginia 199,217.77 Kiribati
Crater Lake Oregon 183,224.05 Tonga
Biscayne Florida 172,971.11 Federated States of Micronesia
Zion Utah 147,237.02 Saint Lucia
Redwood California 138,999.37 Guam (United States)
Great Sand Dunes Colorado 107,341.87 Curaçao (Netherlands)
Lassen Volcanic California 106,589.02 Antigua and Barbuda
Saguaro Arizona 91,715.72 Jan Mayen (Norway)
Guadalupe Mountains Texas 86,367.10 Grenada
Great Basin Nevada 77,180.00 Malta
Arches Utah 76,678.98 Maldives
Theodore Roosevelt North Dakota 70,446.89 Bonaire (Netherlands)
Dry Tortugas Florida 64,701.22 Saint Kitts and Nevis
Mammoth Cave Kentucky 54,011.91 Sauvie Island (Oregon)
Mesa Verde Colorado 52,485.17 Pine Island (Florida)
Acadia Maine 49,075.26 American Samoa (United States)
Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico 46,766.45 Washington, D.C
Bryce Canyon Utah 35,835.08 Wallis and Futuna (France)
Wind Cave South Dakota 33,970.84 Christmas Island (Australia)
Haleakalā Hawaii 33,264.62 Christmas Island (Australia)
Cuyahoga Valley Ohio 32,572.24 Vieques (Puerto Rico)
Black Canyon of the Gunnison Colorado 30,780.76 Jersey (United Kingdom)
Pinnacles California 26,685.73 Montserrat (United Kingdom)
Congaree South Carolina 26,539.22 Montserrat (United Kingdom)
Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands 14,940.00 San Marino
American Samoa American Samoa 8,256.67 Macau (China)
Hot Springs Arkansas 5,548.01 Tuvalu
Gateway Arch Missouri 90.9 Vatican City

 

Rank by size National Park State Acres Comparable Country or State
1 Wrangell–St. Elias Alaska 8,323,146.48 Moldova
2 Gates of the Arctic Alaska 7,523,897.4 Maryland
3 Denali Alaska 4,740,911.16 Slovenia
4 Katmai Alaska 3,674,529.33 Connecticut
5 Death Valley California, Nevada 3,373,063.14 Montenegro
6 Glacier Bay Alaska 3,223,383.43 Montenegro
7 Lake Clark Alaska 2,619,816.49 Lebanon
8 Yellowstone Wyoming, Montana, Idaho 2,219,790.71 Puerto Rico
9 Kobuk Valley Alaska 1,750,716.16 Palestine
10 Everglades Florida 1,400,539.3 Delaware
11 Grand Canyon Arizona 1,201,647.03 Trinidad and Tobago
12 Glacier Montana 1,013,125.99 Cape Verde
13 Olympic Washington 922,649.41 Rhode Island
14 Big Bend Texas 801,163.21 Iturup Island (Russia)
15 Joshua Tree California 790,635.74 Makira (Solomon Islands)
16 Yosemite California 761,747.50 Zemlya Georga Island (Russia)
17 Kenai Fjords Alaska 669,650.05 Unalaska Island (Alaska)
18 Isle Royale Michigan 571,790.30 Luxembourg
19 Great Smoky Mountains Tennessee, North Carolina 522,426.88 Alor Island (Indonesia )
20 North Cascades Washington 504,780.94 Mauritius
21 Kings Canyon California 461,901.20 Comoros
22 Sequoia California 404,062.63 Åland Islands (Finland)
23 Canyonlands Utah 337,597.83 Faroe Islands (Denmark)
24 Hawaiʻi Volcanoes Hawaii 323,431.38 Lougheed Island (Canada)
25 Grand Teton Wyoming 310,044.22 Mill Island (Antarctica)
26 Rocky Mountain Colorado 265,795.20 Tahiti (French Polynesia)
27 Channel Islands California 249,561.00 Hiiumaa (Estonia)
28 Badlands South Dakota 242,755.94 São Tomé and Príncipe
29 Capitol Reef Utah 241,904.5 São Tomé and Príncipe
30 Mount Rainier Washington 236,381.64 São Tomé and Príncipe
31 Petrified Forest Arizona 221,390.21 Turks and Caicos Islands
32 Voyageurs Minnesota 218,200.15 Attu Island (Alaska)
33 Shenandoah Virginia 199,217.77 Kiribati
34 Crater Lake Oregon 183,224.05 Tonga
35 Biscayne Florida 172,971.11 Federated States of Micronesia
36 Zion Utah 147,237.02 Saint Lucia
37 Redwood California 138,999.37 Guam (United States)
38 Great Sand Dunes Colorado 107,341.87 Curaçao (Netherlands)
39 Lassen Volcanic California 106,589.02 Antigua and Barbuda
40 Saguaro Arizona 91,715.72 Jan Mayen (Norway)
41 Guadalupe Mountains Texas 86,367.10 Grenada
42 Great Basin Nevada 77,180.0 Malta
43 Arches Utah 76,678.98 Maldives
44 Theodore Roosevelt North Dakota 70,446.89 Bonaire (Netherlands)
45 Dry Tortugas Florida 64,701.22 Saint Kitts and Nevis
46 Mammoth Cave Kentucky 54,011.91 Sauvie Island (Oregon)
47 Mesa Verde Colorado 52,485.17 Pine Island (Florida)
48 Acadia Maine 49,075.26 American Samoa (United States)
49 Carlsbad Caverns New Mexico 46,766.45 Washington, D.C
50 Bryce Canyon Utah 35,835.08 Wallis and Futuna (France)
51 Wind Cave South Dakota 33,970.84 Christmas Island (Australia)
52 Haleakalā Hawaii 33,264.62 Christmas Island (Australia)
53 Cuyahoga Valley Ohio 32,572.24 Vieques (Puerto Rico)
54 Black Canyon of the Gunnison Colorado 30,780.76 Jersey (United Kingdom)
55 Pinnacles California 26,685.73 Montserrat (United Kingdom)
56 Congaree South Carolina 26,539.22 Montserrat (United Kingdom)
57 Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands 14,940.00 San Marino
58 American Samoa American Samoa 8,256.67 Macau (China)
59 Hot Springs Arkansas 5,548.01 Tuvalu
60 Gateway Arch Missouri 90.9 Vatican City

 

All National Parks by Size data collected from the National Park Service Reports.

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The United States National Parks have been inspiring generations.  The parks come in all sorts of sizes.  Here is a breakdown of the National Parks by size.  

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Jennifer Melroy

Jennifer has been obsessed with national parks as a child.  This Tennessee native spent her childhood exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and traveling with her parents to National Parks and around the Caribbean.  She is always planning her next adventure and is ready to see the world while trying to visit all 59 National Park (*She is ignoring the hunk of concrete that just became a national park).

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2 thoughts on “What in the size? A break down of the US National Parks by Size

  • 22 Jul 2018 at 2:14 am
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    What a great idea! I love the way you’ve compared the size of each national park to a small country. It puts things into perspective when you realise that the Grand Canyon National Park is the size of Trinidad and Tobago!

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    • 27 Jul 2018 at 4:21 pm
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      Thanks. It was fun figuring out which countries they were similar size to.

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