List of U.S. National Parks by elevation
This is a list of United States National Parks by elevation. Most of America's national parks are located in mountainous areas. Even among those located close to the ocean, not all are flat. Those few that are low lying preserve important natural habitats that could never exist at high altitude. Several national parks protect deep canyons with great vertical relief. There are also three national parks whose primary features are caves, the depths of which are still being explored.
Highest and lowest points in each US National Park
Criteria: Points on this list are the highest and lowest points within each national park and its associated national preserve, if it has one. It does not include adjacent or associated national recreation areas, parkways, memorials, or forests, but does include private property within park boundaries. Footnotes are given to mention other notable high or low points, when appropriate.
Additional National parks:
45—American Samoa: Lata Mountain is the highest point of American Samoa, on the island of Ta'u at 963 m (3,159 ft)Lata Mountain
51 - U.S. Virgin Islands. Highest Point in the park is Bourdeaux Mountain 1,277 feet (389 m). Outside of the park, the highest peak is Crown Mountain at 474 m (1,555 ft)Crown Mountain (United States Virgin Islands)
- The AT thru the Smokeys - The Appalachian Trail crosses through Great Smokey Mountains and Shenandoah National Parks. It reaches its highest point at Clingmans Dome.
- Skyline Drive map and profile - Skyline Drive runs the length of Shenandoah.
- PCT Elevation Profiles - The Pacific Crest Trail goes through seven national parks.
- North Cascades - Washington section K
- Mount Rainier - Washington section I
- Crater Lake - Oregon section C
- Lassen Volcanic - California section N
- Yosemite - California sections H & I
- Kings Canyon - California section H
- Sequoia - California sections G & H
- Wonderland Trail - An elevation profile of the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier.
- Denali topo - The Yentna River is in the preserve portion of Denali; the Bearpaw River is the lowest point in the designated park, at 493'.
- Sequoia topo
- Kings Canyon topo - This topo show the Kings River as it flow out of main section of the park; the lowest point in the entire park is on the Kaweah River at the junction of Sequoia National Forest, Sequoia National Park, and the General Grant Grove section of Kings Canyon National Park.
- Teton topo
- Great Sand Dunes FAQ's; #11 - Tijeras Peak is in the preserve portion of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. The highest point in the park excluding the preserve is on the north border line between park and preserve, southwest of Mount Herard, at an altitude of 10,520 feet.
- "Elevations and Distances in the United States". Reston, Virginia: USGS. April 29, 2005. Retrieved October 24, 2011. Originally published in 1995.
- N. Cascades topo - Goodell Creek is at the lowest elevation in N. Cascades Nat'l Park; the adjoining and jointly managed Ross Lake National Recreation Area descends to 350' at the Skagit River.
- Grand Canyon topo - The highest lookout on the rim itself is Point Imperial whose elevation as given by the NPS is 8,803'.
- Lake Mead Water Level, 1935-present; 1,173' is the mean. The min and max are 1,125' and 1,229', respectively.
- Bryce Canyon; Nature
- Bryce topo
- Black Canyon; Located on private property within the park boundaries.
- Gunnison topo
- Crater Lake topo
- This is even lower than the bottom of the crater, which, at 1,943' deep and with a surface elevation of 6,178', would be at approximately 4,235'.
- Mesa Verde For Teachers; #6
- Mesa Verde Answer Sheet; #6 - The park map is mislabeled; therefore the answer given is incorrect.
- Mesa Verde topo
- Arctic - As the Kobuk River flows from park to preserve, its elevation is 675'; as it flows out of the preserve its elevation is 280'.
- Katmai (Mt. Denison) - Other sources list Mount Griggs as highest.
- Canyonlands topo
- Carlsbad Caverns - Cave Tours ; The deepest cave chamber is 1,027 feet below the surface.
- Carlsbad Caverns; Hiking.
- Petrified Forest
- Petrified Forest topo; Official park map - As the Puerco River flows westward, it crosses out of federally owned land at 5,305 feet; private land within park boundaries along the river to the west is at lower elevation.
- Joshua topo - The aqueduct is most likely located on its own right-of-way, therefore, park land may not necessarily extend to the water's edge.
- Wind Cave-Cave Q&A; The deepest point inside the cave is at the surface of several subterrainian lakes, situated at 3,630 ft.
- Kobuk Valley FAQ's; #3
- Shenandoah topo
- Channel Islands - There is a higher peak on Santa Cruz, Devil's Peak, but it is on land owned by the Nature Conservancy and is not part of the national park.
- Cuyahoga - Land ownership in Cuyahoga Nat'l Park is often difficult to ascertain, and therefore there is some ambiguity regarding this park's true highpoint.
- NPS search
- National Park Service
- www.climb.mountains.com These two external lists may not necessarily agree 100% with Wikipedia's list, but serve as useful comparisons. The primary difference is that these lists do not include associated national preserves.
- Postholer Maps; contains clear, zoomable topographic maps of the entire USA.