National Park Service

National Park Service

  • Category: Travel
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 1.8
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: National Park Service
  • Compatibility: Android
  • Links: Google Play Store
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National Park Service App

Let a park ranger be your guide! The National Park Service App is the brand new 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, directions to get there, and things to do once you arrive. 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.

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National Park Service app reviews

  • Wish Download Was Complete 4/5

    By Rkfd61107
    Great app. Nice to see where you are on trails. I wish when you download a park, it no longer requires an internet connection to navigate (it does!). Disappointing when you’re in the middle of a park with no connection.
  • Can’t mark parks as visited anymore…? 3/5

    By kyyyyycccc
    I can’t seem to mark parks as visited anymore. Not sure if it’s just me or did I forget how to add more parks to my visited list. I’ve tried updating the app but still unable to mark as visited… please help!
  • One thing needed 5/5

    By Malt Miller
    I’m a Parks geek and use this app a lot. One thing is missing. Where to find those iconic entrance/welcome signs in each Park (where/if there are any). Aside from visitor centers I’d wager more people stop for photos at these signs than anything else. Tell us where they are and include a photo!!!!
  • I have one need: see a map with all parks and make visible parks I have visited 4/5

    By David Knapp
    Good app, I have searched across all apps to find a simple app that allows me to filter only NP’s, ans then show which ones I have visited. This app comes close… but no cigar. Hoping for future updates you can merge the “places I have visited” to be indicated on the “find a park” section.
  • Map improvements 2/5

    By Seboshin
    Please provide unique symbols for points of interest instead of the same green marker for everything, or provide labels that appear after reaching a specific zoom scale
  • Needs work, but nice to see this is a thing now 4/5

    By 5lutbun5
    Still have no idea how to add parks to my “visited” list
  • Need passes added 3/5

    By Widowed Mom
    If I make a recreation.gov account and sign in with that I should be able to access the passes I reserved in the app.
  • Excellent app! (With hope for a few tweaks) 4/5

    By sps99a
    What a nicely designed app. Thanks for making it for our usage. I hope to see two features in the future: 1) a full map view of all 420ish parks (and not just a few of the parks at a time when you search by state, activity, or name. And 2) on that full map, a way to show (by pin or color) all the national park sites you have thus far visited. Thank you!
  • Audio descriptions can't be listened to if there's no internet 1/5

    By Mhxjööc
    And there never is coverage in the parks. I would like to be able to download the descriptions so that they can be used in offline mode.
  • A great app but could be better 4/5

    By HeloGuy13
    Love using the app when we visit National Parks. Recently used on a trip to the Grand Canyon. One thing that would be nice is making the app compatible with CarPlay so that when you are areas of no cell service and you have downloaded the park information the map would still work as you navigate the park. There is great info on the map and enabling it to display on CarPlay would be of great benefit. Not sure what it would take to make this happen. Thanks.
  • Needs improvement to maps 3/5

    By Debachu
    Good overall app but needs to have a better map option. Maps don’t zoom easily and the map text is hard to read. Also there should be a short cut to the map in the main menu.
  • Wish I could pay for annual pass 4/5

    By RainofTerra
    Great app, but I wish I could subscribe to the annual pass in this app and have it in my digital wallet (and be able to share that with my family). Having a recurring pass would mean I wouldn’t need to worry about paying at the entrance and the parks would have steadier income.
  • Great app for National park nerd! 5/5

    By JasonH1125
    I have been using this app to visit many National park this year. Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton…etc. I have to say this app helps me a lot for trip planning. And also self guided tour is one of the best part of this app for solo traveler. This is the app you shouldn’t miss if you are going to visit National park in the future. 👍👍👍😁
  • Essential 5/5

    By Spmc40
    Our family took a road trip this summer, visiting 10 parks & monuments in less than a month. Having a resource that gave us road & trail maps (which would show our location in real time), shuttle schedules, and other park information, turned out to be essential to getting the most out of our days. Some parks had better levels of detail, but I never regretted downloading for offline use.
  • Horrible!! 1/5

    By HolmeBass
    Horrendous performance on an iPhone 6. Wont load a damned thing. Worthless. And while it tries in vain to load things, it disables user navigation!! Terrible UX.
  • Good looking app but some problems 3/5

    By katiemara
    I tried using the Gettysburg auto tour. It would not stay loaded and was written as if somebody was standing in a certain place but the narration failed to define wear. This is probably not the apps fault but what are on the app itself. The same thing happened with a walking tour. Some information but not enough to make it useful
  • Great app - Better than I expected! 5/5

    By MrShaky
    This app has some pretty impressive features. One that I’ll highlight is the interactive maps. We were at Yellowstone and wanted to go to Daisy geyser. When you click on the map it shows the trails, a pin where the geyser is, and a blue dot where you are. I downloaded the Yellowstone section and it worked perfectly. The download stalled for my wife’s iPhone and we didn’t realize it until we were there.
  • Great for on-the-go 5/5

    By lovemarmots
    I love being able to add parks, places, and things to do to my favorites list as I plan trips. Fantastic app overall! A couple recommendations for future updates: • Add the ability to select + copy text. I’d like to be able to copy text from the app to add to my phone’s Notes app, etc. • In-app links. For example, if a Thing To Do has a hyperlink to a Place, it should take me to that Place's app page instead of opening the web browser.
  • Great app but… 5/5

    By Steve LaChappelle
    I love this app. It’s shown me a lot of parks areas I didn’t know were around me. I wish on the map layouts it would show parks you been to vs parks you haven’t when searching for new parks. Have one be green and one be brown?
  • Love this app, but... 4/5

    By DP in Pdx
    I love this app for exploring parks. We are at Yellowstone National Park and on September 3, 2022 the self-guided tour map worked great. The next day the maps through 'mapbox' did not appear to be working. Bummer as mix off-line use of the maps difficult.
  • Blank maps 2/5

    By Applesuksass
    Using latest version of app (1.5) & IOS (15.6.1). All maps are blank.
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument 1/5

    By troyw
    Why is Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument missing Why can’t I download audio descriptions? How am I supposed to use them?
  • Great App! 4/5

    By Dancerfromsamoa
    Just started interning at the National Parks and downloaded this app! It’s a wonderful resource but an idea just occurred to me. Have you guys considered making a NPS kids app for all those junior ranger books? That way you can cut paper and they can keep track of all the National Park and badges collected. Just a thought.
  • Paper Maps Still Better 2/5

    By MRG-DC
    At this point I’d prefer you pay cartographers to draw decent trail maps and then distribute those on a stripped down website. At least then I could save them to my phone a use them when I’m out of cell service range. Downloading the Data option doesn’t seem to work. Maps are poorly drawn and labeled (just the trails I mean - the background contour maps are fine). Sometimes there are waypoints but they aren’t labeled or don’t carry useful metadata. Just slapping geo data into a map is not good mapping practice.
  • Looks decent but has problems 1/5

    By Panrak
    App looks decent but at Shiloh Park only 1/2 of the times the audio would play for the auto tour. If hadn’t seen video at visitor center would have been totally lost. Still the tour was somewhat confusing so didn’t really get as much out of auto tour as should have.
  • Great App 5/5

    By Joey gumdrop
    I loved this while we were sailing around the Channel Islands. We downloaded the park and we had all the information we needed including trail maps with no cell service.
  • Suggestions 4/5

    By Kyle Ash
    I use this app tones an love it but I have a few suggestions that will make it the ultimate parks app: A search filter that shows you all 460 parks in the list and on the map. Require parks to update there section regularly and put all info such as passport cancellation info, visitor center info and gift shop info. Partnership with national forests would be great and get more people to go to them. Finally one of the biggest things are the maps, on the parks website you can see the brochure version of the map it would be good if you could do that from the app also. Thank you for making a great app that we all enjoy!
  • Natural History? 1/5

    By Lisa_bo_bisa
    The plants, animals, and rocks are missing from this app.
  • Essential 5/5

    By BLM !!!
    Used it all over Yellowstone. Works great and has all kinds of information about basically everything you need. Map is awesome.
  • Doesn’t work 1/5

    By Gilmore 143
    I’m at Gettysburg on the tour and it doesn’t work. It says there is wifi in the park. There is no wifi. I used a nephews hotspot, but when I try to play the audio, nothing.
  • Just spins when trying to open Yellowstone Park 1/5

    By AndreNY
    Just spins when trying to open Yellowstone Park Go to app support in the App Store and receive a 504 error…
  • Very useful, hope they keep improving 4/5

    By RGEarley
    I’ve used this app quite a bit for the past year and a half, and have found it very useful. It would be nice if each park had a short paragraph “synopsis” about the park. It should be simple to bring that in from the website. Also, it warns about how “big parks” can take a long time to download for offline use. Since that is such a useful feature, and might be needed with limited internet connectivity, it would be great to be able to select what information to download (visitor center info, maps, etc.) so you could prioritize.
  • Great app 5/5

    By Dennis hwa
    Great app. Whiskeytown NRA is missing from the list to add to Visited though. Hopefully it can be fixed by the next version
  • Needs Wallet feature and Sync capabilities 5/5

    By Reb Bliefernich
    Great app. Needs to have the ability to keep your logon synced between devices and web logon for all the parks you visit. It would be nice to have the ability to add your yearly parks pass to the Apple iOS wallet app so you don’t have to carry your physical card with you when entering a park. Keep up good work.
  • Very good minus a few things 4/5

    By Diamondlord19
    Very detailed info and great guides. Only major complaint is that downloading parks for offline use doesn’t seem to work. Other than that app is great!
  • This app saved us during Yellowstone’s flooding 5/5

    By schmittie215
    Wonderful app! So helpful in planning our trip to Yellowstone. Even more helpful in planning our evacuation from Yellowstone during the flooding last week. Very well thought out. Appreciate all the details in the app.
  • National Bison Range 5/5

    By Ok idoit
    Will you be updating the app for the American Bison Conservation in Moiese, Montana?
  • I love this app 5/5

    By ChrisM in AZ
    My goal is to visit all national parks. This apps gives me useful info about all of the parks. It also allows me to create lists: one for parks I have visited already, another for parks I will visit in the near future, and a third for the other parks. It makes my preparation easier. The app is not always stable, but I am happy to see new releases coming out to improve that. Despite those minor challenges, this app deserves 5 stars!
  • Doesn’t work 1/5

    By ferretxx
    I tried state search and apparently every state in the US doesn’t have a Park. Don’t download
  • Amazing for finding hiking trails 5/5

    By sofieabigail
    I love this app! The fact that you can download these parks for off-line use is essential. I love that you can look up where to hike, stargaze. watch the sunset, and more. this app has useful park closure alerts and weather updates as well.
  • Missing some important features 3/5

    By PAW4004
    It’s a nice app for the most part, but without being able to select a range, the Find Parks Near Me feature is a bit pointless.
  • Awesome, but add date visited option 4/5

    By hydnsek
    The new NPS app is great - so much useful info, and offline maps too! Plus many more park units than the old Passport app. But do miss the ability to add the date(s) I visited a park, which was part of Passport (which I assume is now deceased).
  • Not bad info but… 2/5

    By EganKris
    Many of the hikes are listed by the time it takes. What person’s age did they use? An average isn’t helpful. Why not list the distance and elevation gain for EVERY hike. A 20 year old will hike at a MUCH different rate then a 70 year old. Or a 20 year old with physical issues might hike at the same rate as a 70 year old. Include the actual distances, please!!
  • Amazing app 5/5

    By Cpareviewlady
    Our hotel suggested this app for our stay at Zion National Park. It provides not only info for the park we are visiting, but also suggested nearby parks. We are planning to go to Bryce tomorrow, but decided to go to Cedar Breaks National Monument “on the way”. If I hadn’t used the app, I never would have figured that Monument into our trip. The app is well designed, easy to use and well written. Kudos to the app developers! I plan to tell all my friends about it! Thank you!
  • No way complete 2/5

    By Sassbear
    Not as good as the old app from the view point of navigating. Cannot add a lot of parks to visited as the park is missing from the list. Even when searching a lot of parks do not show up in the list. Not possible to go from a park to visit to visited in each park site. Contacted NPS but was ignored.
  • Must have app 5/5

    By Laxy9
    Must have app for all NP visitors
  • Missing National Monuments 5/5

    By Danknob6
    We absolutely love this app! We noticed that there are a few national monuments missing from the app. Those that we have visited but are not in the app are: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument; Pompeys Pillar National Monument; Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument; Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Thanks for all the effort your team puts into this app. We use it all the time! Steve & Paige Sessions
  • Funky app 1/5

    By laurel-girl
    I mean, even the map does not work. I am on a new iPhone with the latest IOS. It’s a bummer.
  • No map? 2/5

    By FreeheelRN
    Am I missing something, or is there really not a quick link to a how to get there, or map overview, or something like that? As far as I can tell, I have to leave the app to go to Google Maps in order to see where the park actually is. Am I missing something?