The Pocket Ranger® National Parks Passport app is now available!

This FREE all-inclusive outdoor guide was created by ParksByNature Network, LLC, and is sponsored by Subaru.

Powered by Pocket Ranger® technology, the app contains everything you need to plan a trip to the national parks, navigate them once you get there, and share your experiences afterward. 2016 marks the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, with special events happening at the parks all year long.

The app includes information on over 400 national parks, recreation areas, monuments, historic sites, etc., coast-to-coast from Acadia National Park to Zion National Park. Also learn about Subaru’s Zero-Landfill Initiative; a partnership with the NPS and NPCA to utilize Subaru’s expertise to reduce the over 100 million pounds of garbage generated by people visiting the parks each year. Starting with Denali up to Grand Teton, Subaru is helping to make a difference.

Highlighted features include:

•Sleek user interface (UI) -- more photo-centric home screen design.
•Photo galleries on each park description page.
•Explore feature to optimize search capabilities, allowing a various ways to search by location, activities, category, and site name, making it easier to find the perfect recreational destination.

The app also has rich GPS features, such as:

•Advanced GPS Maps, complete with an accuracy and distance indicator, which allow you to access trail data, record tracks from hikes, runs, or bike rides, and view elapsed time and distance traveled.
•Easy-to-cache GPS Terrain Map tiles, which ensure that navigation remains possible in the event of lost mobile reception.
•Photo waypoint feature allowing you to snap a photo and mark and record the coordinates of plant life, animal species or landscape views. Post or share these remarkable finds with family and friends with the click of a button.
•Friend Finder features that tracks friends and family around the parks.
•Built-in compass.
•Potentially life-saving Alert feature that supplies GPS coordinates to designated contacts in case of an emergency.

Other standard features make exploring the great outdoors a breeze:

•Thorough information on all NPS units including general policy, activities, trails, park maps and much more.
•Detailed, cacheable maps of facilities, trails and campgrounds.
•Up-to-date news weather information.
•Sharing features for sharing current positions, waypoints and recorded tracks via Facebook, Twitter, or email.
•Plus so much more!

The enhanced features on the app are designed to function in areas with little to no mobile reception; however, some of the features require mobile data reception in order to function properly.

Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What’s New

Version 6.7.0

Performance enhancements and bug fixes!

Ratings and Reviews

2.7 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

13R4D ,

Terrible Functionality

One part of the app will list a particular park but won't link to any site specifics. When you search for that park there is nothing found. The inconsistency and the lack of information concerning park hours, address, services, etc. make this app almost completely useless and endlessly frustrating.


OK, but...

Seems odd that the app only works in "portrait" mode.

I had just downloaded it and was setting my iPad on the table to have a look, thinking it would automatically spin to "landscape", and it just stays stuck in portrait.

Need to make it more user-friendly in that way, please.

BouncyBeaner65 ,

Booooooo 👎🏼

This app is spammy garbage. You can’t click anything without a full-page ad popping up. Plus, half the features are incorrect. What’s the point of an app where you can literally Google all of this information and not having intrusive ads everywhere?

BTW, as someone who worked at this company, the five star reviews are all fake and written by former employees.


ParksByNature Network LLC
116.8 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


English, Portuguese, Spanish

Age Rating


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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