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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

245 Fossil Parks

map of U.S. showing location of fossil parks
At least 245 National Park System areas preserve fossil resources.

National Park System units with documented paleontological resources include sites where fossils occur in-place in the rock (in situ), in museum collections, and/or within a cultural context.

Alaska

Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve
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Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
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Cape Krusenstern National Monumnet
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Denali National Park and Preserve
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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
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Glacier Bay Park and Preserve
Katmai National Park and Preserve
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Kenai Fjords National Park
Kobuk Valley National Park
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Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
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Noatak National Preserve
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
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Alabama

Little River Canyon National Preserve
Natchez Trace Parkway* (AL, MS, TN)
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Russell Cave National Monument
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Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site

Arkansas

Buffalo National River
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Hot Springs National Park
Pea Ridge National Military Park

Arizona

Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument
Coronado National Memorial
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Fort Bowie National Historic Site
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area* (AZ, UT)
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site
Lake Mead National Recreation Area* (AZ, NV)
Montezuma Castle National Monument
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Navajo National Monument
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
Parashant National Monument
Petrified Forest National Park
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Pipe Spring National Monument
Saguaro National Park
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Tonto National Monument
Tumacacori National Historical Park
Tuzigoot National Monument
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Walnut Canyon National Monument
Wupatki National Monument
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California

Cabrillo National Monumnet
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Channel Islands National Park
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Death Valley National Park* (CA, NV)
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Eugene O'Neill National Historical Park
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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John Muir National Historic Park
Joshua Tree National Park
Lava Beds National Monument
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Mojave National Preserve
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Pinnacles National Monument
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Point Reyes National Seashore
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Redwoods National Park
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
Yosemite National Park

Colorado

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site
Black Canyon of the GunnisonNational Park
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Colorado National Monument
Curecanti National Recreation Area
Dinosaur National Monument* (CO, UT)
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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
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Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Mesa Verde National Park
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Rocky Mountain National Park
Yucca House National Monument

Connecticut

Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)

Washington D.C.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park* (DC, MD, WV)
Lincoln Memorial
National Mall and Memorial Parks
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Rock Creek Park
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Washington Monument

Florida

Big Cypress National Preserve
Biscayne National Park
Canaveral National Seashore
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
De Soto National Memorial
Dry Tortugas National Monument
Everglades National Park
Fort Matansas National Monument
Gulf Islands National Seashore* (FL, MS)
Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve

Georgia

Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
Cumberland Island National Seashore
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Fort Frederica National Monument
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Ocmulgee National Monument

Guam

War In the Pacific National Historical Park
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Hawaii

Haleakala National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park

Iowa

Effigy Mounds National Monument
Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
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Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail* (ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA)

Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
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Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument
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Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail* (ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA)
Nez Perce National Historical Park* (ID, MT, OR, WA)
Yellowstone National Park* (ID, MT, WY)
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Illinois

Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail* (ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA)

Indiana

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

Kansas

Fort Scott National Historic Site
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail* (ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA)
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
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Kentucky

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area* (KY, TN)
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park* (KY, TN, VA)
Mammoth Cave National Park
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Massachusetts

Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
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Cape Cod National Seashore
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
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Maryland

Antietam National Battlefield
Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)
Assateague Island National Seashore* (MD, VA)
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park* (DC, MD, WV)
Fort Foote Park
Fort Washington Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway* (MD, VA)
Greenbelt Park
Oxon Cove Park & Oxon Hill Farm
Piscataway Park
Suitland Parkway

Maine

Acadia National Park
Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)

Michigan

Isle Royale National Park
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Minnesota

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
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Voyageurs National Park

Missouri

George Washington Carver National Monument
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail* (ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA)
Ozark National Scenic Riverways
Ulysses S Grant National Historic Site
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Mississippi

Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield Site
Gulf Islands National Seashore* (FL, MS)
Natchez Trace Parkway* (AL, MS, TN)
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Vicksburg National Military Park
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Montana

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area* (MT, WY)
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Glacier National Park
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Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail* (ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA)
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument
Nez Perce National Historical Park* (ID, MT, OR, WA)
Yellowstone National Park* (ID, MT, WY)
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Nebraska

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
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Chimney Rock National Historic Site
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail* (ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA)
Niobrara National Scenic River
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Scotts Bluff National Monument
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Nevada

Death Valley National Park* (CA, NV)
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area* (AZ, NV)

New Hampshire

Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)

New Jersey

Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area* (NJ, PA)
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Gateway National Recreation Area* (NY, NJ)

New Mexico

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Bandelier National Monument
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Chaco Culture National Historical Park
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El Malpais National Monument
El Morro National Monument
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
Petroglyph National Monument
Salinas Pueblo Mission National Monument
White Sands National Monument

New York

Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)
Gateway National Recreation Area* (NY, NJ)
Roosevelt Vanderbilt National Historic Sites
Saratoga National Historical Park

North Carolina

Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)
Blue Ridge Parkway* (NC, VA)
Cape Hattaras National Seashore
Cape Lookout National Seashore
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Great Smoky Mountains National Park* (NC, TN)

North Dakota

Knife River Indian Village National Historic Site
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail* (ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA)
Theodore Roosevelt National Park
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Ohio

Cuyahoga Valley National Park
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Hopewell Culture National Historical Park
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial

Oklahoma

Chickasaw National Recreation Area
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Oregon

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site* (OR, WA)
John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
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Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail* (ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA)
Lewis and Clark National Historical Park
Nez Perce National Historical Park* (ID, MT, OR, WA)
Oregon Caves National Monument
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Pennsylvania

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area* (NJ, PA)
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Fort Necessity National Battlefield
Gettysburg National Military Park
Independence National Historical Park
Valley Forge National Historical Park
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South Carolina

Congaree National Park
Fort Sumter National Monument
Kings Mountain National Military Park

South Dakota

Badlands National Park
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Jewel Cave National Monument
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail* (ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA)
Missouri National Recreational River
Wind Cave National Park
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Tennessee

Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area* (KY, TN)
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park* (KY, TN, VA)
Fort Donelson National Battlefield
Great Smoky Mountains National Park* (NC, TN)
Natchez Trace Parkway* (AL, MS, TN)
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Shiloh National Military Park
Stone's River National Battlefield

Texas

Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument
Amistad National Recreation Area
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Big Bend National Park
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Big Thicket National Preserve
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Lake Meredith National Recreation Area
Padre Island National Seashore
Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Utah

Arches National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
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Canyonlands National Park
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Capitol Reef National Park
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Cedar Breaks National Monument
Dinosaur National Monument* (CO, UT)
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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area* (AZ, UT)
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Golden Spike National Historic Site
Hovenweep National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument
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Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Timpanogos Cave National Monument
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Zion National Park
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Vermont

Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)
Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park

Virginia

Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)
Assateague Island National Seashore* (MD, VA)
Blue Ridge Parkway* (NC, VA)
Colonial National Historical Park
Cumberland Gap National Historical Park* (KY, TN, VA)
Fort Monroe National Monument
George Washington Birthplace National Monument
George Washington Memorial Parkway* (MD, VA)
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Petersburg National Battlefield
Prince William Forest Park
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Richmond National Battlefield Park
Shenandoah National Park

Virgin Islands

Buck Island Reef National Monument
Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve
Virgin Islands National Park

Washington

Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site* (OR, WA)
Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail* (ID, IL, IA, KS, MO, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, WA)
Mount Rainier National Park
Nez Perce National Historical Park* (ID, MT, OR, WA)
North Cascades National Park
Olympic National Park
San Juan Island National Historical Park

Wisconsin

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Saint Croix National Scenic River

West Virginia

Appalachian National Scenic Trail* (CT, GA, MA, MD, ME, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TN, VA, VT, WV)
Bluestone National Scenic River
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park* (DC, MD, WV)
Gauley River National Recreation Area
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
New River Gorge National River
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Wyoming

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area* (MT, WY)
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Devils Tower National Monument
Fossil Butte National Monument
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Fort Laramie National Historic Site
Grand Teton National Park
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Yellowstone National Park* (ID, MT, WY)
   Park fossil highlight...

Last updated: September 28, 2012