National Park Service

National Park Service

  • Category: Travel
  • Release Date:
  • Current Version: 1.5
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • Developer: National Park Service
  • Compatibility: Android
  • Links: Google Play Store
478 Ratings
$ 0

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

  • 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.
  • 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. 👍👍👍😁
  • 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?
  • Just from exploring the app* 3/5

    By janeva lewis
    I enjoyed knowing all the parks having access to those parks and actually knowing how to operate the app with out feeing silly or confused. User friendly app Big texts Decent sized pics to show what the description is talking about The parks really do look like they’re pictured, as far as I’ve found it’s very helpful for adventurers and hikers. Or some one wanting to explore a new place! 100% recommend! Can’t wait to use it on my free weekends this summer😋
  • Glad to see NPS is back but need to save visit information 4/5

    By guxdude
    I used the old passport app and loved it. Was great recording my experiences. This app is great with full information on all the parks. Just disappointed there is no way to record at least date of visit. All we can do is add to list of parks visited or want to visit. Would love more options but still glad to have this online resource available again. Thanks NPS!
  • Missed the Mark 2/5

    By Spanky McNarma
    Love the downloadable maps. Not-so-loved the tiny text in the maps and the voice tours don’t play with any consistency.
  • Great App…love download for offline…want export/share to app on other devices 5/5

    By bwmoore22
    I really love this app; it has helped tremendously in trip planning, and the download for offline use is extremely helpful. The list capability is also especially helpful for trip planning and keeping track of which parks we have yet to visit on our quest to visit all. It would be helpful to be able to export and/or share a list and automate downloads for parks on the list with another user.
  • Beautiful but … 4/5

    By NewMexiKen
    Needs capability to sync or export/import lists and favorites between devices. As is, every time you get a new iPhone or iPad you have to start all over!
  • State search 5/5

    By c-law9
    Great app, maybe add an option to search by state? I’ve been to a few national parks, can’t remember their names but remember the state.
  • Almost a 5 star app 4/5

    By wjjpl
    And it would be for me if I could add the date we’d visited a park to My List of Parks Visited. So glad to get this app; really had missed the old passport app. Also, am I missing a login? I’d love to be able to sync my visits across my devices.
  • Unorganized Application 3/5

    By Info. Provider
    Using this app for 5 apps exploring every part of it, I have come to my conclusion that it is unorganized. This app needs two sections One: National Parks Second: Everything else There is no section nor filter to separate the National Parks from the miscellaneous parks. So the app is approved but not great.
  • Great app - remember to download the park 4/5

    By TrvlnFoolSue
    Remember to download the park before you go. We’ve used it for Gettysburg & Valley Forge so far. Wished I’d known about before we went to Acadia. The only thing it doesn’t have is a way to check off those that you’ve seen (I’m spoilt by the World Heritage app).
  • Can’t see the number of units visited 4/5

    By Bzyquilter
    Under “my list” I have a list called “parks I have visited.” It is supposed to have a number after that, showing how many park units I have visited. It doesn’t show the whole number. It shows “2…” so I can’t see my total. Can you please enlarge that field? This one issue is why I gave it four stars instead of five. Otherwise it’s a great app and I love it!
  • It’s great to have all of this information available, but… 3/5

    By CLYDEinStLouis
    I wish there was an “account” feature that would allow me to save my settings and lists and allow them to sync between devices. If I’m missing this somewhere, please help me out here. An option to save and use current America The Beautiful Passes would be great as well to have.
  • Adding a park as “visited” 5/5

    By Transport.
    In the older version of this app it was easy to go through and check a park as visited. How does a user mark a park or NM as visited? I cannot figure it out.
  • Not too useful in offline mode 3/5

    By ms401
    Even when a park is downloaded for offline use, the app still takes several moments to try connecting before giving up, then opening a park takes several more moments before the option to use offline data is offered. Why not load the offline data first and then add anything else if available? There is very little connectivity on Southern Utah in the Mighty Five and so far this has not been very useful.
  • Honestly super user friendly 5/5

    By JC1234836451
    I never rate apps but this is an awesome app for any NP traveler. Lots of info on parks
  • Worthless waste of time. 1/5

    By MSStatz
    Typical bureaucratic waste of taxpayers money!
  • Great App but….. 4/5

    By Salbatcat
    There are a few things that could use an update. I love the photo idea where it places the NPS logo in the corner, but it can take forever to go thru my photos to pick an old one. Please add the option to select photos from your Albums. I have all my photos in Albums and it would be so much faster to find a photo if I could access them. And the logo needs to have more pixels, it is blurry when added to photo. And it would be nice to be able to add a park to ones visited while you have that park open. Thanks - I hope these are easy fixes.
  • Educational and Fun 4/5

    By jgilreath
    I would give this 5 stars except it is not easy to add a location to your visited list. There should be a tab like the Favorites tab. Other then that it was nice to have a recording of important information for the site.
  • Pass Upload Please! 4/5

    By casey486
    Overall, it’s pretty handy (and beautiful!). PLEASE add an option to upload the various park passes, such as Access, Senior, etc. (and to add more than 1 pass per app for families that may be traveling with various elderly, disabled, 4th graders, etc., without every single family member needing to have the app). I understand verification of identity can still be requested on site (ID, driver’s license), but in the 21st century, who still carries around a physical copy of every card acquired through the years? I always keep my driver’s license, a debit card, and a credit card on me, but that’s it! I would hate to miss the opportunity to visit a park with my lifetime pass because I don’t still carry around the 20+ physical cards I’ve accumulated over the years. I keep my own digital copy of my pass (and have proof of identity), but I don’t know if the entrances will accept this in lieu of the physical card.
  • Awesome start. Hoping for many more features. 4/5

    By Jentropy
    Honestly this is one of my favorite apps. Even if I’m not traveling, I like to load the app and explore parks from afar. I love how much love and energy went into this app. It’s obvious that the content comes from people who love the parks as much as we do. Here’s what I’d love to see: Improve offline access: being able to save parks for offline use is awesome. However, the app spends a really long time trying to load when you don’t have internet access before finally giving an error message and then loading after a delay. I wish the app would start in offline mode (offline is default) and then access the internet once the app is loaded. Sort by ability or activity level: I wish I didn’t have to load every single item in a list to see if a trail or thing is ADA accessible. Maybe add an icon to the items on a list… or add a filter. Passport stamp locations: I love this feature. Can the items on this list be clickable? Take me to the entry for that visitors center, so I can find info on accessing it. More pictures: I’m disabled and physical access can be an issue. It’s so cool to be able to see places I’ll never be able to visit. Show me the super advanced hikes I’ll never get to. And show us more wildlife we might have trouble seeing on our visit! I’ve got a million suggestions but you all are busy people. Thanks for making a cool app. Looking forward to updates.
  • What Happened to Trailheads? 3/5

    By IH8Computers!
    Downloaded this when I saved a new trailhead in old app and it told me the old app would be discontinued. Disappointed to find I was unable to find the Mount Marshall Trailhead and save it for our next hike. When I searched Mount Marshall all I got was the overlook at mm19, not the trailhead 3 miles back at mm16. I hope trailheads and trail info will be added soon!!
  • Easy to use, needs one thing 4/5

    By THELittlediva
    This app is very easy to navigate, very clear. I like the fact that you can create lists - what a great feature. I wish you could add a park to one of your lists while you are on that park’s page in the app.
  • Good info, could use tweaks 4/5

    By Zeusifus
    App is very nice if you know where you’re going, tons of information! Please make it so you can select any park from the map portion though, the forced filtering option is very unintuitive and frustrating.