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Outdoors in the Pacific Northwest
National Parks in USA

The Go Northwest! definition of the Pacific Northwest includes the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, with a small extension into Wyoming via Yellowstone National Park.

National Parks in the United States are administered by the National Parks Service (NPS), which is headquartered in Washington, DC. The NPS is one of four United States federal land management agencies. The other three are the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, and the Fish and Wildlife Service. The NPS is designated by law to "promote and regulate the use of the...national parks...which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein".

Since 1872 the National Park System has grown to include more than 370 areas covering more than 80 million acres. All have been found to have natural, cultural, or recreational resources of national significance.

National Park System "units" come in many forms:

  • National Battlefields (1 in the Northwest)
  • National Cemeteries
  • National Historical Parks (3 in the Northwest)
  • National Historic Sites (3 in the Northwest)
  • National Lakeshores
  • National Memorials (1 in the Northwest)
  • National Monuments (5 in the Northwest)
  • National Parks
    The NPS describes these as "generally large natural places having a wide variety of attributes, at times including significant historic assets. Hunting, mining and consumptive activities are not authorized." (7 in the Northwest)
  • National Parkways
  • National Preserves
  • National Recreation Areas (3 in the Northwest)
  • National Reserves (2 in the Northwest)
  • National Rivers
  • National Seashores
  • National Trails
  • Affiliated Areas (2 in the Northwest)

NPS Web Sites

ParkNet
This is the "home page" for NPS. To find pages on a particular National Park at this web site, click "Find a park" and then, scroll down and use the advanced search to find parks by name, location, actitivity or topic or scroll down to the map and click on a state. (Go Northwest! also has direct links to the individual Parks.)

National Park Reservation Service
Official NPS web site for making online campground and tour reservations.

Park Geology Tour of National Parks
Great tours with descriptions, photos and maps.

More Web Sites

National Park Foundation
The official nonprofit partner of the NPS, and whose activities include fundraising and land acquisition. To find pages on a particular National Park at this web site, click "Guide to National Parks". (Go Northwest! also has direct links to the individual Parks.)

National Park Photos
The National Park Service Digital Image Archive is an online resource designed to provide quality, downloadable digital images for print, web, and multimedia use.

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