National Park Service 4+

The official app of 420+ parks

National Park Service

Designed for iPad

    • Free



The Official NPS App – Your Ultimate National Park Companion!

• Explore 420+ national parks effortlessly with interactive maps, self-guided tours, and essential on-the-ground information.

• Interactive Maps: Plan your trip with detailed park maps, including points of interest, trails, and essential information.

• Park Tours: Discover park highlights with self-guided tours, just like having a ranger by your side.

• Amenities: Find transportation, dining, restrooms, and more for a hassle-free visit.

• Plan Your Visit: Access fee and pass information, operating hours, and other essential details to help you plan your visit.

• Accessibility: Enjoy a fully accessible experience with audio descriptions for points of interest and exhibits, making it inclusive for all.

• Offline Use: No internet? No worries! Download park content for offline exploration, perfect for remote areas.

• Share Your Visit: Create virtual postcards to share your park experiences with friends and family.

• Things to Do: Explore hiking, bus tours, museums, ranger programs, and more for a fun-filled visit.

• News, Alerts & Events: Stay updated with park news and events.

• Passport Stamps, Fees & More: Access park-specific details all in one place.

Discover all 420+ National Park System sites, from iconic landmarks like Yellowstone and Yosemite to hidden gems. Download the official NPS App now for an unforgettable park adventure!

What’s New

Version 1.16.2

-Minor update for saving and merging lists.

We're excited to share our biggest app update in the last three years. What's New:

Unified Search:
- "Find a Park" and "Search" are now one, with a new backend for faster, more accurate results. You can also adjust search distance for nearby parks.

Favorites and Saved Lists:
- Responding to feedback, this feature has been redesigned for easier list creation and park saving. Add notes to any list, park, or place for better trip planning and memories.

Augmented Reality (AR):
- Try the new AR feature at select viewpoints in Joshua Tree and Acadia, part of our beta test to bring a new dimension to your visits. More parks will get AR experiences in the coming months.

Improved Navigation:
- We've made changes to give you more space for content and a consistent way to access park maps.

Additional Improvements:
- This build includes many bug fixes and UI enhancements for a smoother app experience.

We hope you enjoy these updates and look forward to your feedback. As always please leave an app review to tell us what you like and what you think could be better.

The National Parks App Team

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
675 Ratings

675 Ratings

SteveW1599 ,

Very good app. Maps need improvement

Overall, I think this app is pretty well put together, and anyone visiting a National Park or NPS-maintained site should have this app downloaded. It is very nice that you can download individual parks for offline use. This is especially helpful for parks where there might not be cell service. However, there are a couple things that I would change about the app.
First, there should be a way to link your park passes (daily entry, tours, A the B, etc.) to the app. That way you can have everything organized in one place.
Second, the maps for individual parks, especially the larger ones, are way too cluttered. Using Yellowstone as an example, there are 515 unique markers on the Yellowstone map. Before it was shuttered, the old Yellowstone app had the PERFECT setup for the map. It would have large markers for the most used points of interest (Old Faithful, Grand Prismatic, Mammoth Hot Springs, etc.), while having smaller markers for less used points (trailheads, vault toilets, picnic areas, etc.) Then, when you zoomed out on the map, you would only see the large, important markers. As you zoomed in, the smaller, less used markers would appear. This helped tremendously by keeping the map from being too littered with markers and by making it easy to find the famous points of interest that most people will be looking for.

Jentropy ,

Awesome start. Hoping for many more features.

Honestly this is one of my favorite apps. Even if I’m not traveling, I like to load the app and explore parks from afar. I love how much love and energy went into this app. It’s obvious that the content comes from people who love the parks as much as we do. Here’s what I’d love to see:

Improve offline access: being able to save parks for offline use is awesome. However, the app spends a really long time trying to load when you don’t have internet access before finally giving an error message and then loading after a delay. I wish the app would start in offline mode (offline is default) and then access the internet once the app is loaded.

Sort by ability or activity level: I wish I didn’t have to load every single item in a list to see if a trail or thing is ADA accessible. Maybe add an icon to the items on a list… or add a filter.

Passport stamp locations: I love this feature. Can the items on this list be clickable? Take me to the entry for that visitors center, so I can find info on accessing it.

More pictures: I’m disabled and physical access can be an issue. It’s so cool to be able to see places I’ll never be able to visit. Show me the super advanced hikes I’ll never get to. And show us more wildlife we might have trouble seeing on our visit!

I’ve got a million suggestions but you all are busy people. Thanks for making a cool app. Looking forward to updates.

NPS Adventurer ,

You fixed it!

After the latest update (1.16) the app was no longer opening! It kept crashing but looks like you fixed it! Thank you so very much! It’s a nice build now that’s it’s working again. For everyone out there who was having issues like me, this is what I did to make it work again. I had to completely delete the app and then reinstall it. Unfortunately I lost all my data in the process. That is a bummer and have to start logging all my stops again but it’s worth it. The version is very smooth and doesn’t freeze up anymore! It was worth it. This app is great and so are the people who work on it for us. Also, for those of you who wants your lists back, they are still there, under favorites you can make as many new lists as you like just like before. This app helps tremendously with all your NPS needs and planning. May I remind everyone also that’s it’s free! Safe travels everyone and happy exploring!

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the great review. We're happy you're enjoying visiting parks and using the app along the way. We appreciate the suggestion about map clustering and promise we'll take a fresh look at how the pins combine. We agree it's nice to see your accomplishments all at once.

App Privacy

The developer, National Park Service, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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