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This page lists the US National Parks in the order in which they were designated National Parks. That date can be different from the date when the land was first designated and protected as a NPS land, and from the date when the National Park was established. More specically:


1872 Yellowstone 
1890 Yosemite (CA SP 1864)
     Sequoia 
1899 Mount Rainier 
1902 Crater Lake
1903 Wind Cave 
1906 Mesa Verde
1910 Glacier 
1915 Rocky Mountain
1916 Lassen Volcanic (Cinder Cone NM & Lassen Peak NM 1907)
     Hawaii Volcanoes (originally Hawaii NP)
     Haleakala (originally part of Hawaii NP)
1917 Denali 
1919 Grand Canyon (NM 1908)
     Zion (Mukuntuweap NM 1909)
     Acadia (Sieur de Monts NM 1916, renamed Acadia 1929)
1921 Hot Springs (Reservation 1832)
1926 Shenandoah (established 1935)
1928 Bryce Canyon (NM 1923)
1929 Grand Teton
1930 Carlsbad Caverns (1923)
1934 Everglades (established 1947)
     Great Smoky Mountains (established 1940)
1938 Olympic (Mt Olympus NM 1909)
1940 Kings Canyon 
     Isle Royale
1941 Mammoth Cave
1944 Big Bend
1956 Virgin Islands
1962 Petrified Forest (NM 1906)
1964 Canyonlands
1966 Guadalupe Mountains (established 1972)
1968 North Cascades
     Redwood 
1971 Capitol Reef (NM 1937)
     Voyageurs (established 1975)
     Arches (NM 1929)
1978 Theodore Roosevelt (National Memorial Park 1947)
     Badlands (NM 1929)
1980 Channel Islands (NM 1938)
     Biscayne (NM 1968)
     Katmai (NM 1918)
     Glacier Bay (NM 1925)
     Gates of the Artic (NM 1978)
     Kenai Fjords (NM 1978)
     Kobuk Valley (NM 1978)
     Lake Clark (NM 1978)
     Wrangell St. Elias (NM 1978)
1986 Great Basin (Lehman Caves NM 1922)
1988 National Park of American Samoa (established 1993)
1992 Dry Tortugas (Fort Jefferson NM 1935)
1994 Death Valley (NM 1933)
     Saguaro (NM 1933)
     Joshua Tree (NM 1936)
1999 Black Canyon of the Gunnison (NM 1933)
2000 Cuyahoga Valley (National Recreation Area 1974)
2003 Congaree (Congaree Swamp NM 1976)
2004 Great Sand Dunes (NM 1932)
2013 Pinnacles (NM 1908)
2018 Gateway Arch (Jefferson National Expansion Memorial 1935)