National Parks -
National Parks are listed by Country
Parque Nacional Iguazu - The majestic horseshoe
shaped Iguaza Falls are taller than Niagara Falls and twice as wide with a 275
cascading waterfall spread. More than 85 species of orchids are found in
Lanín - 412,000 hectares - the snow-capped, 776-metre Volcano Lanín is its centerpiece, dominating the landscape.
The reserve includes 24 lakes of glaciered origin. The north half of the
park is dominated by the pehuén or Araucaria araucana,
that covers western valleys and slopes.
National Park was established in 1898 - a national treasure
consisting of 21,000 square kilometers - home to an impressive number of
species, including 336 tree species. Kruger National Park
is the largest game reserve in South Africa. Explore an untamed ecosystems!
Trails - Photo: Picture Newsletter
- one of the world's leading conservation and
scientific research bodies. Explore the beauty and
diversity of South African National Parks! Experience self-drive
safaris, game viewing, guided walks and hiking, bird-watching,
4x4 trails, mountain biking, golf, canoeing and swimming.
Field National Park, Tasmania - Welcome to Tasmania's
wilderness - a Mecca for bush walkers! The park covers an area of
16265 ha and almost a third of the island is protected within 14
national parks and reserves. The parks ecosystem ranges from
swamp gum forests, (a species of eucalyptus with heights up to
85m) at lower elevations, through rainforest to
alpine vegetation at the tops of the mountains. The park is home
to endangered species, a Fern forest, some of the worlds tallest
trees and famous Russell Falls.
Explore 2 million hectares of the richest Rain forest in the Amazon's,
one of the largest biodiversity reserves in the world. Madidi is
home to more than a thousand species of birds.
Canadian Parks - 45 parks exist across Canada, preserving
vast tracts of wilderness parkland to protect its natural
habitats and species. Explore magnificent scenery, climb
glaciers and visit a temperate rain forest! Enjoy an
overabundance of wildlife! Visit the migrating birds and
butterfly haven 'Point Pelee', Ontario! Explore the ocean floor
during the New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy's extreme low tide which draws 200
billion tons of water! Photo: Icefield's Parkway
||Banff National Park, Alberta is located in the
Canadian Rocky Mountains. The park is spanning 6,641
square kilometer of valley's, glaciers and ice-fields, lush
meadows, natural mineral hot springs, towering jagged
snow-capped mountains, lakes and rivers. You will find some of the world's best hiking and skiing. Did
you know a pair of million-dollar overpasses were constructed
above the Trans-Canada Highway so that animals could cross the
highway safely? Photo: Moraine Lake, courtesy PDPhoto.org
||Cape Breton Highlands, Nova
Scotia - home of the
spectacular Cabot Trail, the most beautiful drive in North
America. The northern section of the Cabot Trail is carved into
the sides of mountains. The trail winds around the northern
shore of Cape Breton passing through the majestic highlands of
Cape Breton National Park and climbs to heights of more than 400
m. Spectacular cliffs, coastal wilderness and awe-inspiring
views of the Gulf of St. Lawrence!
Park, is one of seven national parks in British Columbia
with a size
of 1,349 square kilometer. The Park was formed by glaciers and
consists of steep rugged mountains, narrow valleys and an unique cave
system with Nakimu Cave being Canada's largest. Unique stands of
Cedrus and Tsuga and a vast variety of plant and
endangered wildlife species are found in this warm moist
climate. Photo: The Weeping Wall
||Jasper National Park, Alberta - from Lake Louise
travel the 225 kilometer dramatic Icefield Parkway to
Jasper. Jasper is known for its crashing waterfalls, accessible
glaciers, raging rivers and the Miette Hotsprings Pool. Don't
miss the Athabasca Glacier and the thunder of Athabasca Falls. Photo:
Jasper sunrise, courtesy PDPhoto.or
||St. Elias National Park and
Preserve, the "mountain kingdom of North America", a world treasure!
25% of the preserve consists of glacial ice, mountain peaks
above 4877 m (16000 feet), including Mount Elias at 5486 m (18008 feet).
National Park - founded in 1967, "the kingdom of
untamed nature" stretches 60 miles along the French-Spanish
border. Spectacular landscapes, cliffs, gorges and lakes! The
park consist of two zones with the central zone having the most
spectacular landscapes and is almost uninhabited. The north
slope forests are covered with fir trees and the south slope
forests are mainly inhabited by Scotch pines.
- High alpine sanctuary in the Savoie Region consisting of five
nature reserves, a central zone and peripheral zone. Explore Monolithe
de Sardičres and Pointes de la Gličre!
|| Visit the best and most prestigious ARBORETA and BOTANIC GARDENS around the
Killarney National Park - establ. in 1932 - covers 10,000
hectares (25,000 acres) of mountain, moorland, woodland,
waterways, parks and gardens. Designated a Biosphere Reserve by
UNESCO in 1981!
Nikkō National Park - The 80,000-hectare (200,000-acre) park is located in the Kantō
region, well known for the Futaarasan Shrine, founded by Shodo
in 784 and rebuilt in 1619. Lake Chuzenji (Chuzenjiko), located
at the foot of the sacred volcano Mount Nantai in Okunikko
("Inner Nikko"), was formed by lava flows of the now
extinct volcano several thousand years ago. Majestic cedars!
||Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park
with magnificent Mount Fuji at its core!
Fiordland National Park
- Te Wahipounamu - a masterpiece of tortured
rock, rainforest and deep southern ocean. Milford Sound (Piopiotahi)
- a rare view of nature on a grand scale - 1,200,000 ha
of mountainous, rugged and remote wilderness was hand
crafted by ancient glaciers. Spectacular scenery!
Photo: Mitre Peak, 1700 m of sheer rock walls
||Tongariro National Park
- The park has active and extinct volcanoes: Volcanic
and Tongariro a diverse range of
ecosystems and some spectacular landscapes. Some Māori
religious sites within the park are tabu.
Negara, formerly King George V National Park - over 4343
square kilometers (434,300 ha) is one of the earth's oldest rain
forest with a history that stretches back to 130 million years
ago inhabited with over 10,000 species of plants and 350 species
of birds. Activities include Bird watching, cave exploration,
jungle trekking, white-water rafting, fishing, guided nature
walks and mountain climbing.
Garajonay National Park
in the Canary
Islands, the most important remaining laurisylvan forests.
Nacional del Teide, the volcanic
highlands with amazing landscapes and flora.
Ordesa Nacional Parque in the Pyrenees
||National Forests in California
(USDA Forest Service) - The coniferous forests of
the Sierra Mountains of California with their bold, jagged peaks are the
grandest and most beautiful in the world. The spectacular wilderness of
the High Sierra is located in eastern California in the Sierra
Nevada. A Hikers and Backpackers paradise!
National Park - Majestic Sequoias, stunning beauty
and some of the most striking scenery in the world are mother natures magnificent
creations awaiting you in Sequoia Park!
The park was created in 1890. The
Mountains of California - by John Muir.
Photo: Zumwalt Medow (courtesy PDPhoto.org)
||The Sonoran Desert
stretches through parts of southern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico and
southeastern California. lt has
the greatest diversity of vegetative growth of any desert in North
America with more than
2000 plant species. An amazing landscape diversity: From
cold conifer forests to hot deserts. The Coniferous Forest is dominated
by Pinus ponderosa. Pseudotsuga menziesii, Aboies spp. and Picea spp.
occur at higher elevations. Also found are: Tropical Forest, Temperate
Deciduous Forest, Desert, Thornscrub, Grassland and Chaparral. Sonoran
Desert (World Wildlife Fund)
||Yellowstone National Park
- Established in 1872, located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. The Park is
home to a large variety of wildlife. The Upper Geyser Basin boasts the
largest concentration and the worlds largest Geysers. Visit:
Research Center and Photo
"A thousand Yellowstone wonders are calling,
'Look up and down and round about you!'" John Muir 1894 - Photo: Morning Glory Pool,
||Yosemite National Park,
CA - A 1,930 kilometer wilderness park in the High Sierra noted for its
waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows and ancient Giant Sequoias.
Photo: Half Dome
of Diamonds State Park - Explore an unique geological
"gem" - "The world's only diamond site where you
can search and keep what you find."
||Visit a Photo
Gallery of Waterfalls from around the world