Atlas of the National Parks focuses in-depth on 33 National Parks based on criteria derived from the spirit of the 1918 directive to “seek out scenery or features so extraordinary as to be of national importance, ‘exemplifying the highest accomplishment of stream erosion… the oldest rock forms… and the luxuriance of deciduous forests.’” Within the pages about these 33 parks, the reader will discover the historical reasons for the formations of these parks, both ecological and human-created, as well as some of the current day issues the parks face. Near the end, 28 other parks each get a single page briefly highlighting their creation.
Not a travel guide, this book is more for those who seek to appreciate the formation, creation, and beauty of the National Parks. Filled with wonderful images and maps, a history lover or a lover of National Parks in general, will surely enjoy this oversized book.
A thinking person's guide to America's National Parks by Robert Manning, et al,
National Geographic the National Parks: an illustrated history by Kim Heacox