Let a park ranger be your guide! The National Park Service App is the brand new official app for all 420+ national parks. Find interactive maps, tours of park places, on-the-ground accessibility information, and more. The app was created by National Park Service staff—people who know national parks—to help you make the most of your visit. With all of these parks and a brand new app, it will take some time to finish creating content for each park. If you don’t find what you’re looking for now, check back regularly as our rangers work to complete the experience for each of our parks.
Unlike other apps, NPS Mobile takes authoritative information from park rangers and combines it with a great suite of features. Here’s a quick look at some of those features.
Interactive Maps: Each park has a detailed map that includes points of interest, along with roads, trails, and other information to plan your trip.
Park Tours: What is there to see? Self-guided tours take you to interesting places in the park. Discover popular destinations as well as places off the beaten track. It’s like having a ranger by your side to guide your trip, giving you suggestions for places to go, directions to get there, and things to do once you arrive.
Amenities: It's the little—and sometimes not so little—things that can make or break a park visit. Learn where you can find and access transportation, food, restrooms, shopping, and more.
Accessibility: The app offers a fully accessible experience with tools to benefit visitors with accessibility needs, such as audio descriptions of exhibits along trails and roads and in visitor centers.
Offline Use: No internet access? No problem! You can download content from entire parks for offline use. It’s especially handy if you’re exploring remote areas in parks or concerned about data limits.
Share Your Visit: Tell your friends and family about the fun things you did by creating and sharing virtual postcards with scenes from the park.
Things to Do: What do you want to do in a park—hike? Take a bus tour or scenic drive? Visit a museum? Join a ranger program? Become a junior ranger? Discover all the fun, entertaining, and educational activities parks have to offer.
News, Alerts & Events: What’s happening? Get news and events for all parks—or selected parks of your choosing.
And that’s just a start! The NPS Mobile app also includes passport stamp locations, fees, visitor center hours and locations, and more.
This one single app includes every one of the 420+ sites in the National Park System, no matter how big or small. Here are just some of the parks you'll find: Acadia, Arches, Big Bend, Bryce Canyon, Crater Lake, Death Valley, Everglades, Glacier, Golden Gate, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Smokies, Joshua Tree, Mammoth Cave, Mount Rainier, Mount Rushmore, Olympic, Redwoods, Rocky Mountain, Sequoia and King Canyon, Shenandoah, Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion.
• Fixed an issue with the swipe-able on-boarding screens which caused them to reappear every time a user restarted the app. Now, you should only see these introductory screens the first time the app is opened on your device.
• Campgrounds were not appearing on the main map for each park. This has been corrected.
• Also squashed some bugs and made a few minor design tweaks.
Ratings and Reviews
The app I’ve been waiting for
This is a great app - nice work NPS!
One suggestion for the developers: it would be nice if you could filter the 423 NPS units by their ‘type’. I’d love to just see a list of the 63 National Parks or 85 National Monuments etc.
I’m working my way towards visiting all 63 National Parks and it would be helpful for me if I could browse the list of just those parks or see a map with only those parks. Scrolling through all 400+ can be cumbersome - especially on a phone.
Great idea! Needs improvement!
Loving the concept behind this app. It makes a lot of our hopes and dreams of visiting all these places seem within our reach. But there are some serious quality of life issues with this app, some previously mentioned in other reviews. The BIGGEST problem is users cannot add locations to their favorites/visited places directly from the map. We are forced to scroll through 500 line items to find our places, when simply clicking it from the map view would be really easy and more fun.
Please consider making the map more interactive. People interested in this stuff ARE MAP NERDS and we need to be able to click on things in the map, and play with filters to find what we want a little easier. GREAT EFFORT SO FAR! God bless America!
Developer Response ,
This change is on our list of fixes to implement in the coming months. We have identified a few usability enhancements such as the one you've mentioned and will implement as soon as we are able to. Thanks for the feedback!
Nice App, Convenient
Since the passport app went away, this is a great alternative to keeping track of what parks you wish to visit, which you have been to, and spots to locate passport stamps. Another big plus is being able to download park data so you can access it offline or without data in some of the more remote areas. One of the features I really enjoy is the create a postcard where you can upload photos and get a little logo and park name over your images, the drawback to this (for me so far) has been the app doesn’t load your entire camera roll so you can’t access older photos. Hopefully the next update fixes this, but otherwise rejoice! An up to date app with all your park needs is here!
Developer Response ,
Hi, thanks for the helpful review! Regarding the camera roll issue, this is likely due to the way that Apple now asks you for permission to access your photos. There are now 3 choices: Select Photos, Allow Access to all Photos, or Don't Allow Access. It's probable that you accidentally chose Select Photos, which limits the app's ability to see all photos on your camera roll. If you go into settings to Privacy --> Photos --> and check that the National Park Service app is set to "All Photos" rather than "Selected Photos". If this doesn't fix your issue, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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- National Park Service
- 117.7 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
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With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.