In Honor of National Park Week We Uncover Ten Bizarre Facts Related to our National Parks
- Dry Tortugas National Park is actually surrounded by water (it’s a group of seven islands off Key West).
- Conversely, Capitol Reef National Park is nowhere near the water, it’s in the middle of the desert in Utah.
- There are many US National Forests, but Petrified Forest isn’t one of them (it’s a National Park).
- An event can be part of the National Park Service (i.e, the National Cherry Blossom Festival )
- There’s a high school among the National Parks (Central High School in Little Rock, AR)
- There are several National Parks outside the 50 states (but in US territories Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa)
- National Parks aren’t limited to this planet…there’s a Craters of the Moon National Monument (though it’s actually in Idaho)
- Two National Parks have the word Devil in them (Devils Tower and Devils Postpile National Monuments)
- Several rivers and trails are designated as National Parks such as the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail that cuts across many states.
- A musical style can be designated a National Park as in the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park.
- Extra Bonus: Jellystone really isn’t a National Park (we thought we’d clear this up as someone searched for it in our new national park pages).