Did you know that there are 61 national parks in the U.S. National Park System? (As of this writing.) I thought it would be fun to look at them alphabetically with this little rhyme…
A is for Acadia, American Samoa, and Arches.
B is for Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, and Bryce
Also Black Canyon of the Gunnison (which does not rhyme nice).
C is for Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Congaree,
Channel Islands, Crater Lake, all starting with “C”.
Also Carlsbad Caverns and Cuyahoga Valley.
D is for Death Valley, Dry Tortugas, Denali
E is for Everglades, home of things creepy crawly.
F is a letter with no park to claim
Though many historic sites have “Fort” in their name.
G is for parks that are all great and grand: Gates of the Arctic, Gateway Arch, Glacier, Glacier Bay,
And Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Basin have much to display.
Then there’s Great Smoky Mountains, Great Sand Dunes and Guadalupe.
H is for Hot Springs, Haleakala, Hawai’i Volcano,
I is for Indiana Dunes and Isle Royale where moose go.
J is simply for Joshua Tree
K for Kings Canyon, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kobuk Valley.
L is for Lake Clark and Lassen Volcanic
M is for Mount Rainier, Mesa Verde, Mammoth Cave (gigantic).
N is for North Cascades, O for Olympic
P is for Petrified Forest and a Pinnacles picnic.
Q is a letter that so far’s been forgotten,
R is for Redwood and the wild Rocky Mountain.
S is for Saguaro, Shenandoah, Sequoia
T is for Theodore Roosevelt – and park lovers owe ya.
V is for Virgin Islands and Voyageurs Parks
W is for Wind Cave and Wrangell-St. Elias landmarks.
X is for, well, let’s rename it Xaguaro,
Y for Yosemite and Yellowstone, that look to tomorrow.
Z is for Zion, the last at this time
And that’s parks A-Z, and the end of my rhyme.