Places that should be National Parks

Sandia Mountains of New Mexico – photo by author

The photos speak for themselves, but the list below are some of the beautiful and inspiring places in the United States (and one in Canada) that this author believes should be National Parks. Some are already part of the National Park System, but should be upgraded to “National Park” status from national monument, lakeshore, or recreation area status. Others are state parks, national wildlife refuges, or a tribal park. Other suggestions are most welcome. Enjoy!


Horseshoe Bend (currently a National Monument)


Okefenokee Swamp (currently a National Wildlife Refuge)

Okekenokee Swamp in Georgia – Source:


Cahokia Mounds (currently a state park)


Loess Hills

Loess Hills of Iowa – Source:


Flint Hills


Sleeping Bear Dunes (currently a National Lakeshore)

Porcupine Mountains (currently a state park)

Navajo Nation:

Monument Valley Tribal Park – should be added only in coordination and support of the Navajo Nation

Monument Valley in the Navajo Nation – Source:

New Mexico:

Bandelier – (currently a National Monument)

Jemez – (currently a National Recreation Area)

Rio Grande Del Norte (currently a National Monument)

Rio Grande del Norte in New Mexico – Source:

Sandia Mountains (currently part of Cibola National Forest) – see photo at the top of the post

Valles Caldera (currently a National Preserve)

New York:

Niagara Falls (both the USA and Canada sides)

Niagara Falls – Source:


Newark Earthworks (currently a state historic site)

South Dakota:

Custer State Park


Guadalupe Salt Flats

Palo Duro Canyon (currently a state park)

Lighthouse Rock in Palo Duro Canyon in Texas – Source:


Bonneville Salt Flats


Great Dismal Swamp (currently a National Wildlife Refuge)


Mount St. Helens (currently a National Volcanic Monument)

Mt. St. Helen in Washington – Source:
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