Los Cardones National Park

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Los Cardones National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Parque Nacional Los cardones.jpg
Los Cardones.
Location Salta Province, Argentina
Coordinates 25°07′30″S 66°10′55″W / 25.125°S 66.182°W / -25.125; -66.182Coordinates: 25°07′30″S 66°10′55″W / 25.125°S 66.182°W / -25.125; -66.182
Area 650 km²
Established 1996
Governing body Administración de Parques Nacionales

The Los Cardones National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Los Cardones) is a national park of Argentina, located in the center-west of the province of Salta, within the San Carlos and Cachi Departments, in the Argentine Northwest.

The park has an area of 650 square kilometres, with hills and ravines at the height levels between 2,700 m and 5,000 m. It gets its name from the prevalence of bush formations of cardon grande cactus. It features fossil remains of extinct animals, as well as dinosaur tracks.

The protected area was created in 1996, when the National Parks Administration acquired the land from private owners.