Largest and Smallest National Parks in America

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3. Denali
>Total land area: 4,740,911 acres
> Location: Alaska
> Privately owned land: 2,598 acres — or 0.1% of total park
> Recreation visits in 2020: 54,850 — or 0.1% of all NP visits
> 5-year change in visits: -90.2%

Denali National Park is home to the tallest mountain in North America. If you’re travelling through the park by car, you won’t have to worry about getting lost. There is only one road, it’s 92 miles long, and the park has just one entrance.

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2. Gates of the Arctic
>Total land area: 7,523,897 acres
> Location: Alaska
> Privately owned land: 162,795 acres — or 2.2% of total park
> Recreation visits in 2020: 2,872 — or 0.004% of all NP visits
> 5-year change in visits: -73.3%

Gates of the Arctic National Park in Northern Alaska is the second largest national park in America, with over 7.5 million acres of total land area. Unlike most other parks, Gates of the Arctic does not have any roads, trails, or any type of visitor services. Fewer than 3,000 people visited the remote and rugged park in 2020.

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1. Wrangell-St. Elias
>Total land area: 8,323,146 acres
> Location: Alaska
> Privately owned land: 348,840 acres — or 4.2% of total park
> Recreation visits in 2020: 16,655 — or 0.02% of all NP visits
> 5-year change in visits: -79.3%

Wrangell St. Elias National Park is America’s largest national park, rising from the Pacific Ocean up to 18,008-foot Mount St. Elias. When combined with the land from the preserve, the park has 13.2 million acres — the same size as Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Switzerland combined. Four major mountain ranges meet in the park, which include nine of the 16 highest peaks in the U.S. Near the coast is North America’s largest sub-polar icefield, Bagley Icefield.

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