Los Cardones National Park

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Los Cardones National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Los Cardones.
Map showing the location of Los Cardones National Park
Map showing the location of Los Cardones National Park
LocationSalta Province, Argentina
Coordinates25°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
Area650 km2 (250 sq mi)
Governing bodyAdministración 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 protects an area of the Argentine Monte ecoregion.[1] 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.


Most of the park has an arid climate that is characterized by a large thermal amplitude (large difference between day and night temperatures).[2] The park receives an average rainfall of 150 mm (5.9 in); most of it falling between November to March.[2] Snowfall is extremely rare in low-lying areas.[2] Mean temperatures range from 11 °C (51.8 °F) in winter to 18 °C (64.4 °F) in summer.[2]



  1. ^ Dellafiore, Claudia, Southern South America: Southern Argentina, stretching northward (NT0802), WWF: World Wildlife Fund, retrieved 2017-04-12
  2. ^ a b c d "Parque Nacional Los Cardones" (in Spanish). Administración de Parques Nacionales. Retrieved 16 October 2016.