Prepare for Risks on Your National Park Visit

The National Parks are federally protected land meant to preserve unique natural areas and provide recreation for the public. Every year, visitors from all over the world flock to the parks to enjoy beautiful vistas, take hikes, and spot wildlife. The team at Cocoweb helped out these visitors by analyzing park safety. There’s a safest parks list and a most dangerous parks list. Knowing the risks before you leave can help you make safe choices on your visit.

The safest park on the list is also the only one within city limits. It’s the Gateway Arch in Missouri, which was built to feature the giant steel arch rather than conserve the natural landscape. It makes perfect sense that the only urban park is the safest one. Here are the top 10 safest parks overall:

  • Gateway Arch National Park
  • Indiana Dunes National Park
  • Mammoth Cave National Park
  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Haleakalā National Park
  • New River Gorge National Park
  • Congaree National Park
  • Virgin Islands National Park

Plenty of the National Parks can be dangerous because they host such extreme wilderness and weather and they’re home to species that can be dangerous. The most dangerous park on the list is North Cascades in Washington. This is a very remote park full of high peaks that attract mountaineers. If someone were to slip and fall, cell service is limited and it’s difficult for rescue crews to reach that person quickly. Here are the ten most dangerous parks:

  1. North Cascades National Park
  2. Lake Clark National Park
  3. Denali National Park
  4. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
  5. Isle Royale National Park
  6. Gates of the Arctic National Park
  7. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
  8. Grand Teton National Park
  9. Yellowstone National Park
  10. Glacier Bay National Park

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