National Park Service

4.0
952 reviews
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About this app

Let a park ranger be your guide! The National Park Service App is the 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 and directions to get there. Many tours feature audio—simply press play, lock your screen, and place your phone in your pocket to immerse yourself as you listen.

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.
Updated on
Apr 16, 2024

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
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This app may collect these data types
App activity, App info and performance, and Device or other IDs
Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

4.0
898 reviews
Arkturus Landing
February 8, 2021
Very excited about this app. As I understand it, this is still a work in progress: not all 420 parks have yet added all their information. When that's complete, it will be even better! I've already been fortunate enough to be able to use it at Yosemite and it's a game changer: suddenly there's a granularity to being able to find trails, views and other attractions, that you just couldn't get from the park brochures. And saving everything offline was a life saver with no cell signal!
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Landon Ashby (pure mahem)
February 23, 2021
I can see a couple areas for improvement. A button for quickly adding a park to the visited list. It is not straight forward on how to do this. Go to the my list then... a simple check mark icon when you are on the park much like the star for favorites or maybe make favorites & visited the same. The star indicating you've visited. I do like the app though. Also after you're first use, it would be nice if you didn't have to swipe 4x to get into the app. This was a Great Move! Thank You!
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National Park Service
February 25, 2021
Thanks for the suggestions! You'll be happy to know that we are considering some of these changes for future releases. The onboarding screens will only show one time in future iterations of the app. This was always supposed to be the intended behavior. Sorry about that! (For now, you can turn them off by toggling "Show OB" in the side menu.)
Paul Houchens
March 13, 2021
Like the look and the features, in theory. In actuality, I started to create a list of parks I have visited, saved it, and came back to finish later. When I try to add new parks, the app loops me back to the home screen. This keeps happening despite a hard restart of the phone. Just needs a little tweaking to be a really high quality experience. Update 3/11/21: The new version of the app has fixed the bug. Nice work! Now I'd like to know how to transfer my park visitation data to my new phone.
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National Park Service
February 17, 2021
Hi Paul! You'll be happy to note that we've identified this bug on some Android devices, and we are working toward a fix that should be part of an update hitting the Play Store soon. It's taking a bit of time because we have a few other bugs and fixes to add to this update.

What's new

What's New:
Minor stability enhancements in addition to:
- "Find a Park" and "Search" are now one, for faster, more accurate results.
- Try the new AR feature at select parks to bring a new dimension to your visits.
- New navigation to give you more space for content and a consistent way to access park maps.
- Other bug fixes and UI enhancements for a smoother app experience.
- New multimedia player.
We hope you enjoy these updates and look forward to your feedback.
The National Parks App Team