41 Best National Park Books in 2023

Looking for a good book? Books and guidebooks are one of the best ways to learn about National Parks. The best National Park books can inspire your next adventure, help plan your trip, entertain your kids, and everything in between.

Explore 40+ books on this list including the best National Park guidebooks and planning guides, the best National Park coffee table books, the best National Park books for kids, memoirs and adventure stories, books about National Parks history, and the best National Park books about death, disaster, and true crime.

In other words, no matter what you like, there’s a National Park book on this list you’ll love!

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The Best National Park Guidebooks & Planning Guides

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or want in-depth planning tools for your upcoming trip, these National Park guidebooks and planning guides are a great resource. We use many of these guidebooks when planning our own National Park trips.

They’re an invaluable resource (especially when you remember that most National Parks don’t have internet service!). The best guide books not only get you to the must-see sights, but help you explore the hidden gems and share valuable insider-info to make your next trip a success.

National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States (9th Edition)

My go-to resource when planning a new National Parks trip is the National Geographic Guide to the National Parks (9th edition). This guidebook is an excellent resource for planning your next National Parks trip.

This guide includes suggestions for where to stay, what to see, when to visit, as well as historical and scientific information about each Park. The guide also includes info on State Parks and other public lands to check out during your trip.

The most recent 9th edition (published 2021) includes information on 62 of the 63 National Parks, and does not include New River Gorge.

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National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States (3rd Edition)

The ultimate planning guide for the die-hard National Park fan, this 500+ page guide from National Geographic includes not just the National Parks, but National Seashores, Battlefields, Monuments, Recreation Areas, and more.

The Complete National Parks of the United States includes gorgeous full-page photographs, detailed maps, suggested activities, and planning tips.

The 3rd Edition was published in 2022, and includes 423 of the 424 current National Park Service units.

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100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do

Never be bored again with this epic to-do list by National Geographic. This book explores 100 of the best National, State, and local Parks in the United States and Canada, with dozens of suggestions for what to do and see at each of them.

This guide includes classic must-see Parks like Acadia National Park, Central Park in NYC, and the National Mall in Washington DC. This colorful book also features lesser-known gems like Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, the Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Missouri.

Need inspiration? This book has dozens of Top 10 lists to inspire your adventure, like the Top 10 River Trips, Top 10 Museums, and Top 10 Wildlife Encounters.

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The Complete Guide to National Parks of the United States by Fodor’s Travel Guide

Explore like a local with the Fodor’s Complete Guide to the National Parks of the USA guidebook.

This National Park guidebook to all 63 National Parks includes recommendations written by local guides on the best sights, hotels, restaurants, and hikes to help you plan your trip.

Trip-planning tools like the best times to visit, how to avoid crowds, and suggested itineraries are included.

This guide also includes photo-filled features on best National park experiences (in case your bucket list needed to be any longer!). Check out their lists like the Ultimate Experiences, Best Campgrounds, Best Lodges, and more.

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Moon USA National Parks: The Complete Guide to All 63 National Parks

The Moon USA National Parks guide covers all 63 National Parks. This National Parks book is filled with beautiful photographs and essential planning information.

Whether you’re planning an extended road trip or a quick getaway, this guide covers exactly what you need to know. The pages are filled with details on the must-see stops in every park, and tips on what to see if you only have one day.

The guide also includes detailed lodging and camping information for each National Park, permit and reservation information, as well as more planning tips like when to go and beating the crowds.

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Your Guide to the National Parks by Michael Joseph Oswald

This award winning guide to the National Parks by travel writer Michael Joseph Oswald simplifies your trip-planning without skimping on the important details. Lodging, camping, and hiking tables make planning your itinerary as easy as possible.

This guide is a particularly good choice for hikers, with suggested trails listed by difficulty. Your Guide to the National Parks also includes highlights of where to go and what to see, and features insider-tips like the best spots for sunset.

This National Parks guidebook is also the winner of the National Outdoor Book Award.

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Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges

Can’t decide where to stay? The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges is the definitive guide to all things hotel, motel, inn and lodge inside the National Parks. I always recommend staying inside the National Parks, whenever possible, and this guide will help you plan your stay. (Why? Skip the entrance station line, beat the crowds… check out more reasons here).

From the rustic grandeur of the Old Faithful Inn to the unbelievable views of the Grand Canyon Lodge (North Rim), many of these historic lodges and inns are a destination in their own right.

This guide is packed with beautiful photographs, as well as tips for picking the perfect accommodations to suit your needs.

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Secrets of the National Parks by National Geographic

Explore hidden gems and go beyond the crowded trails with Secrets of the National Parks by National Geographic.

This guide explores lesser-known, but no less amazing hikes and sights inside 32 National Parks, including Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite.

Discover how to visit Acadia’s Jordan Pond without the massive crowds, and what 90% of visitors to the Grand Canyon never get to see below the rim.

This guide includes must-know tips for getting off the beaten path from rangers and park experts, as well as insider tips for visiting the “must-see” destinations at the Parks.

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The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes by Backpacker

If your National Parks trip is all about the hikes, then don’t miss this guide from Backpacker Magazine. Consider The National Parks Coast to Coast: 100 Best Hikes your curated list of the best hikes in the National Parks system.

Written with hikers in mind, this guide includes full color photographs, detailed hike profiles, and maps for planning your next great adventure.

The guide also includes interviews and tips from National Park experts and rangers on planning your visit and the incredible importance our National Parks play in protecting the American wilderness.

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Looking for more affordable guides to your favorite National Park? Check out the Brooke in Books National Park Itinerary Guides here!

The Best National Park Coffee Table Books

Relive your best adventures and get inspired for your next trip with these stunning National Park coffee table books. Perfect for displaying in your living room or on your nightstand, these books have stunning photographs, dive deep into the history of the parks, and even provide a little humor. No matter your decor ✨vibe, there’s a National Parks coffee table book perfect for you on this list.

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea by Ken Burns

Ken Burns is the godfather of American documentary filmmaking. His stunning work The National Parks: America’s Best Idea is a cinematic love letter to America’s most beautiful places. The coffee table companion book is no less gorgeous.

Explore the history behind our National Parks, from the first explorations of the West by Europeans, to the founding of Yellowstone, the world’s first National Park, to the modern National Park system.

This illustrated history captures the beautify of the National Parks, past and present, as well as the historic figures, both famous and unknown that helped shape “America’s Best Idea.”

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National Geographic Atlas of the National Parks

With stunning photos from Acadia to Zion, and let the Atlas of the National Parks by National Geographic inspire your next great adventure.

As you would expect from anything National Geographic, this book is filled with gorgeous photographs of stunning landscapes and intimate details of your favorite Parks.

Written by a former park Ranger, Jon Waterman, this book is a splendid introduction to the geology, the wildlife, and the history that makes each park so special.

Even though, yes technically this is more of a coffee table book than planning guide, this National Parks book contains loads of information on weather, wildlife and planning tips.

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Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks, Third Expanded Edition by QT Luong

Author and photographer QT Luong’s masterpiece photography book documents the stunning landscapes of America’s National Parks in this coffee table book. Every National Park lover will appreciate this gorgeous book, but photographers will especially love whats inside.

More than 600 breathtaking photos capture familiar landscapes, and unknown hidden gems inside all 63 National Parks. Author QT Luong has spent his career, and over 300 trips, documenting the National Parks through his lens.

Each Park includes detailed maps and a Park history. But what really sets this book apart is that the author has included information about how and when each shot was taken, inviting amateur and professional photographers alike to recreate and reimagine this photographs themselves.

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Roaming America by Renee & Matthew Hahnel

In 2017, after winning the green card lottery and moving to America from Australia, Renee (better known on Instagram as @ReneeRoaming ) and her husband Matthew embarked on an epic 7 month road trip in their new homeland and visited every National Park.

Roaming America is part photography coffee table book (both Renee and Matthew are professional photographers) part adventure narrative, and part guidebook.

Not only is this book packed with helpful info and personal travel tips, but as 2 professional adventure photographers, the visuals in this book are to die for.

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The Parklands: Trails and Secrets from the National Parks of the United States

A National Parks guide book as beautiful as it is helpful, Parklands: Trails and Secrets from the National Parks of the United States shares secrets, essential tips, and fun facts for planning the ultimate National Park Adventure.

Parklands is published by Parks Project, the conservation-first apparel and home-goods company that donates a percentage of all its profits to protecting our National Parks.

In keeping with their focus on conservation, this book highlights sustainable and low-impact travel tips for visiting the Parks.

National Parks of America by Lonely Planet (2nd Edition)

Let Lonely Planet, the maker of some of our favorite guidebooks around the world, take you on an informative and beautiful tour of the wilderness in this National Parks coffee table book.

This book is filled with maps, wildlife illustrations, and highlights of the best activities and trails to see in every park, as well as stunning photographs to inspire your next adventure.

This vibrant National Parks coffee table book includes 62 National Parks (sorry, New River Gorge – may be next time!).

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Walks of a Lifetime in America’s National Parks by FalconGuides

Whether its a short scenic path or a multi-day backpacking trip, a hike is the best way to really experience our incredible National Parks.

Walks of a Lifetime features spectacular mountain hikes, desert trails, and forest paths that absolutely belong on your National Parks bucket list.

In addition to gorgeous, coffee table-worthy photographs, this book includes travel information and tips for planning your next great National Parks hike.

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Subpar Parks

Proof that you really can’t please everyone, Subpar Parks is a humorous collection of National Park reviews from visitors that were not-so-impressed.

This New York Times bestseller is based off author Amber Share’s a wildly popular (and hilarious) Instagram Account @subparparks, coupled with beautiful illustrations to accompany the most savage (and stupid) one star.

Personal favorites include complaints that Glacier National Park is “too cold” and the hoodoo rock formations of Bryce Canyon “Too orange. Too spiky.”

And then of course this review of Yellowstone’s geothermal wonders: “Save yourself some money: boil water at home.”

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The Best National Park Books for Kids

Get your littles excited for their upcoming trip (or keep them entertained on the long drive to the Park) with these National Park books for kids.

National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide USA

Are you ready to start exploring the National Parks with your kids? This National Parks guide book from National Geographic Kids will pique their curiosity and stoke their imaginations.

This book includes beautiful photos, maps, fun facts about wildlife and plants, and fun things to do in every National Park.

Whether you’re planning a trip to Acadia or Zion, this guide will help your little explorers enjoy the experience.

This book is intended for kids ages 8 to 12 years. This book was published in 2016, so it won’t include the most recently established National Parks.

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National Geographic Kids’ Junior Ranger Activity Book

Calling all future National Park Rangers! The Junior Ranger Activity Book by National Geographic Kids includes dozens of puzzles, games, jokes, fun facts, and activities for the future naturalist, hiker, or Park Ranger.

Keep the kids entertained on the long road trip to the Park, or help get them excited for their trip, by learning about the wildlife and history they will see.

This book is intended for kids ages 8 to 12 years old. This book was published in 2016, so it won’t include the most recently established National Parks.

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National Parks A to Z

Explore the National Parks A to Z (Acadia to Zion that is) with this illustrated picture book.

National Parks A to Z celebrates the history, wildlife, and plants of our National Parks, and teaches kids important lessons about exploring the outdoors, like Leave No Trace and how to be safe around wild animals.

This book is intended for kids ages 3 years and older.

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Who Pooped in the Park?

In my experience, nothing gets a kid’s attention better than a little potty-humor, and “Who Pooped in the Park?” does just that!

Different versions of this book are available online and in National Park gift shops across the country, ranging from “Who Poped in the Park?: Great Smoky Mountains National Park” to “Who Pooped on the Colorado Plateau?” (which is the copy we lovingly gifted to our niece and nephew 😘).

Each book explores the National Parks through the wildlife that live there – and the scat and tracks they leave behind.

Many kids (and adults) head to the National Parks to encounter exciting wildlife like bears, bison, and wolves. But these creatures are often elusive, and kids (and adults) might be disappointed if they don’t get to see their favorite creatures up-close.

Who Pooped? Is a fun and informative way to show kids that signs of our favorite animals are all around us, even when we don’t see them!

This book is intended for kids ages 7 to 10.

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National Parks of the U.S.A.

Tour the stunning National Parks of the USA with this beautifully illustrated book, winner of the 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book Award by the National Science Foundation.

This book is filled with maps, and vivid illustrations of the flora and fauna of our National Parks. This book aims to teach kids what makes our wilderness and Parks so special, and why we need to protect them!

There are 21 Parks in this book, including: Acadia, Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Channel Islands, Death Valley, Denali, Everglades, Glacier, Glacier Bay, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Hawaii volcanoes, Isle Royale, Mesa Verde, Olympic, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, Virgin Islands, Yellowstone, and Yosemite.

This book is intended for kids ages 3 to 10.

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The Best National Park Memoirs and Adventure Stories

Some National Park adventures are so extraordinary (or so hilarious) they simply beg to be written down. These best National Park memoirs and adventure books range from the truly funny Bill Bryson’s classic tale of hiking the Appalachian Trail, to the profound and moving tales of discovering yourself outside.

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail runs more than 2,100+ miles from the mountains of northern Georgia to the peaks of Maine. Along the way it passes through two National Parks – Great Smoky Mountains and Shenandoah.”

Bill Bryson’s hilarious memoir of  attempting to “thru-hike” – that is, walk the entire length of the trail – in this classic bestseller.

Along the way, Bryson describes in amusing detail the colorful companions and characters he meets along the way, the history of the trail and the ecology, and misadventure he encounters along the way.

This book is a must-read for all armchair adventurers!

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Thirst by Heather “Anish” Anderson

You may have heard of Cheryl Strayed’s bestseller book Wild (or seen the Reese Witherspoon movie adaptation) but most hikers agree that Heather “Anish” Anderson’s memoir Thirst is a far more gripping account of what it really takes to hike the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.

Heather achieved what feels like the impossible by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in the “FKT” – the fastest known time – conquering all 2,650 miles in 60 days, 17 Hours, and 12 Minutes in 2013.

Heather’s journey is powerfully told in her memoir. From every mile she spent nearly dying of thirst in the scorching July heat of the California desert, to the impossible task of climbing multiple Sierra Nevada passes a day, for days on end, to set a blistering pace of more than 40 miles per day.

In between, Heather explores what it means to turn away from a “traditional” lifestyle, and examines what drives a person to do something so extraordinary.

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Leave Only Footprints by Conor Knighton

This New York Times bestseller and Outside Magazine Book of the Year chronicles Conor Knighton’s journey to visit every single National Park in a single year.

To recover from a broken heart (and broken engagement) Knighton set out on what would be the road trip of a lifetime as he explored America, from Acadia to Zion.

Along the way, the book weaves together beautiful descriptions of each of these fantastic Parks, as well as the people and experiences that make them so iconic. If you’ve ever dreamed of setting your own bucket-list goal of visiting every National Park, this National Park book is a good place to start.

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Feral by Emily Pennington

Emily Pennington’s set quest to visit every National Park in a single year, certainly didn’t go according to plan. After spending a decade working as an assistant to high-powered executives in Los Angeles, Emily decided to ditch the conventional and answer the call of America’s best wild places.

Setting off in Gizmo, her minivan, Emily encounters more than just bears and snow in 2020. Along the way, she must face a breakup, wildfires, and of course a global pandemic.

Feral explores not only her quest to every National Park, but how to navigate the hard moments, big and small, on the journey of life along the way.

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Ranger Confidential by Andrea Lankford

For 12 years Andrea Lankford had what many of us would consider to be the dream job: she was a National Park Ranger in some of America’s most beloved, and most wild parks.

Ranger Confidential is an inside look at what really goes on in places like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Denali National Parks. Go beyond the tall pines and peaks to the people that keep us safe from the wildlife, the wildlife safe from the people, and sometimes, the people safe from each other.  

You’ll never look at our National Parks, and the people who run them the same way again.

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The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams

The Hour of Land is a personal celebration of our National Parks by acclaimed author and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams.

This book paints a series of intimate portraits of 12 National Parks and National Monuments, from the Grand Tetons to Big Bend. This book is an exploration of their natural beauty, history, and a meditation on our relationship to these wild places.

Williams asks the question in The Hour of Land, “what are we searching for” when we visit our National Parks, and “what do we find?”

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Campfire Stories: Tales from America’s National Parks

Campfire Stories is a lovingly edited collection of six tales from America’s National Parks.

The collection of stories includes excerpts from well known figures like John Muir, Bill Bryson, as well as tales from indigenous peoples and pioneer diaries.

Campfire Stories includes tales and information on six parks: Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion.

An “About this Story” section accompanies each tale, and includes information on why the editors selected this story, how they discovered it, and information about the Park.

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Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks by Mark Woods

On the cusp of his 50th birthday, author Mark Woods decided to indulge his mid-life crisis and reconnect with the National Parks he had explored as a young child.

Woods planned a grand National Park trip with his mother, wife, and not-so-enthusiastic daughter. What starts as a quest to write about the future of our National Parks becomes a meditation on family, loss, the legacies we leave behind, and how our National Parks fit into it all.

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Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

Considered a classic among outdoor memoirs and the conservation movement, Desert Solitaire by activist, Park Ranger, and anarchist Edward Abbey is a provocative and beautiful work.

Abbey worked for two seasons as a Ranger in Arches National Monument (now National Park). During that time, he fell in love with the beauty and solitude of the Southwest, forming the basis of his first non-fiction work, Desert Solitaire.

Throughout his life, Abbey would have a complicated relationship with the National Park Service, lamenting what he believed to be “industrial tourism” and the commodification and taming of the wilderness. Nonetheless, his descriptions of, and love of the wilderness remains as poignant and relevant today as when it was first published in 1968.

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.” – Desert Solitaire

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The Best National Park History Books

How did our National Parks come to exist? Who were the legends, the explorers, the architects, and the peoples who shaped our public lands? These National Park books about history explore the exciting, and sometimes complicated, story of our National Parks, from the indigenous peoples who first inhabited them, to their fragile future.

The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America

It’s hard to imagine the National Park Service as it is today, or even the landscape of the American west existing as we know it, without one man: President Theodore Roosevelt.

Between 1901 and 1909, the “naturalist President” set aside more than 230 million acres of wild America for preservation. Roosevelt’s crusade for the wilderness would lead to the creation of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Antiquities Act, and eventually pave the way for the National Park Service.

This New York Times bestseller biography takes a detailed look at the story and policies of President Roosevelt and his quest to remake the wilderness of America.

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A River Running West: The Life of John Wesley Powell

Explorer, scientist, and writer John Wesley Powell defied death, survived the inhospitable desert, conquered the raging rapids of the Colorado river, and introduced the world to the Grand Canyon.

A River Running West tells the story of this larger-than-life hero of the American West. After barely surviving the Civil War, Powell would emerge as one of the West’s first advocates and conservationists. Powell spent years in the American Southwest collecting plants, fossils, and learning the language of the indigenous peoples who thrived there for centuries.

At it’s heart, this biography studies the perilous expedition of 1869, in which Powell and his men attempted to map and study the mighty Colorado river, eventually becoming the first people to raft the entire length of the Grand Canyon.

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Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks

We like to think of our Natural Parks as “untamed” and “untouched” wilderness. The truth is they are anything but. For centuries, the land that is now our National Parks was lived on, hunted on, farmed on, explored, and cared for by Indigenous people of North America.

So, where did they go?

Dispossessing the Wilderness examines the painful but true history of how Indigenous people were wiped from our National Parks. This book helps tell the overlooked history of our public lands, and a conflict that continues to this day.

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That Wild Country: An Epic Journey through the Past, Present, and Future of America’s Public Land

National Parks have been called “America’s best idea” – but how did we get them? The history of public lands in the United States is winding and full of bitter fighting over just what, and who, our “public” lands really serve.

That Wild Country by outdoorsman and author Mark Kenyon is part travel narrative of Kenyon’s own travels and part history of how our public lands came to be the cherished and endangered institutions they are today.

In doing so, Kenyon paints a portrait of just what makes our Public Lands so essential, and what must be done to preserve them for ourselves, and generations to come.

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The Power of Scenery: Frederick Law Olmsted and the Origin of National Parks

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was dedicated the world’s first National Park. But have you ever wondered where the idea came from? The Power of Scenery explores the unlikely origins of the National Parks and their ties to the visionary architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

Olmsted is best known as the architect of New York City’s Central Park. Olmsted believed that city parks were vital for the happiness and success of community. As the Nation began to explore, and exploit, its natural resources, Olmsted drafted a vision for the preservation of majestic lands like Yosemite, which would eventually become the blueprint for the National Parks.

This National Park book looks in-depth at the genesis of America’s “best idea” and how the National Park model has spread around the world.

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The Best National Park Books About Death, Disaster & True Crime

Fans of true crime podcasts and disaster movies – this list is for you! Sure, there may be something a little morbid about our fascination with avalanches, climbing disasters, and unsolved murders, these best National Park books about death and disaster offer a glimpse into how we can hopefully keep ourselves and everyone else safe in our National Parks.

Wild Rescues: A Paramedic’s Extreme Adventures in Yosemite, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton

Take an insiders look at the exciting and extreme world of National Park Service paramedics. These medical providers respond to the worst emergencies in the most remote and isolated wilderness areas.

In 2014, author Kevin Grange left his job as an EMS in Los Angeles to pursue his dream of joining the National Park Service. Grange received a real crash course in wilderness medicine when he was assigned to the vast wilds of Yellowstone National Park.

In Wild Rescues Grange shares hair-raising tales of rescue and danger in the National Parks, and a realization that as he was fighting to save his patients, he was also fighting for the very soul of the Parks he loved so much.

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Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park

Take a morbid look at the world’s first National Park. Death in Yellowstone explores the many ways people have met their fate in this rugged and unique National Park.

These accidents range from tragedy to foolishly preventable and serve as a cautionary tale about “what to do” and “what NOT to do” in Yellowstone. Learn about grizzly attacks, boiling hot springs, bison charges, and backcountry avalanches that have claimed lives here.

The super-successful Death in Yellowstone launched a dozen spin-off books, like Death In Yosemite (also on this list). You can buy them in most National Park bookstores or online!

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Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite

Take a morbid trip to Yosemite National Park in this National Park book Yosemite is home to soaring granite cliffs, flowing waterfalls, and sees millions of visitors a year. The vast majority of these visitors leave with a lifetime of memories, but some, tragically, never leave at all.

Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite, another of the ” Death In…” book series, examines the accidents & tragedies that ended lives inside Yosemite National Park.

Although this National Park book is definitely for the morbidly-inclined, there is so much to learn from each of these sad events, including how to avoid a similar fate ourselves.

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Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders

In 1996, two experienced backcountry hikers, Lollie Winans and Julie Williams, ventured into Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park for a week of backcountry camping. When the pair never returned, rangers went looking for them, and stumbled upon a horrific and violent murder scene.

The unsolved deaths of Lollie and Julie have touched the lives of everyone who knew them, and searched for them. In Trailed, award winning journalist Kathryn Miles dives deep into the case. She turns over every piece of evidence in her quest to finally uncover the truth.

Trailed is the result of one tenacious journalist’s obsession, and a call to make the outdoors safe for all women.

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The Last Season

In the summer of 1996, seasoned backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson set off on his usual backcountry patrol of the high-sierra in Kings Canyon National Park. After 28 years, Randy was the most seasoned backcountry ranger in the Sierras, California’s ultra-rugged and remote mountain range.

But after that day in 1996, Randy was never seen again.

In The Last Season, the author explores the incredible life and puzzling disappearance of Randy Morgenson, which remained unsolved for years.

The winner of the National Outdoor Book Award, this is one of the best National Park books for true-crime and adventure lovers, alike.

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