So in anticipation of summer tourists taking selfies with Bison, people throwing rocks off the rim of the Grand Canyon, and boy band morons desecrating pristine hot springs, we wanted to provide the reading public with some info that will inspire respect for the NPS and the servants who uphold its ideals.
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Here are the 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The NPS
1) The National Park Service oversees roughly 84 million acres of pristine habitats, national monuments, and wilderness areas. The state of Kansas is only 52 million acres!2) The most visited National Park is Great Smoky Mountains National Park with over 10.5 million visitors annually. 3) Over 307 million people visit our national parks and monuments each year! 4) The National Park Service oversees 75,000 archeological sites. 5) The highest peak in the United States is the 20,320′ Denali that lies within Denali National Park. 6) 247 threatened and endangered species live within the National Park Service boundaries. 7) The National Park Service looks after approximately 18,000 miles of trail (that’s 3/4 of the Earth’s circumference!) 8) The world’s largest single organism– General Sherman (Giant Sequoia tree) is housed inside Sequoia National Park. 9) Crater Lake in Crater Lake National Park is the deepest lake in the US at 1,943. (That’s enough to sink the entire One World Trade Center!) 10) Wrangell St. Elias National Park in Alaska is the biggest chunk of land under the NPS’ watch at 8.3 million acres. That’s bigger than each of the 9 smallest states in the country!