The National Park system started with the Yellowstone Act of 1872. It set apart a piece of land by the headwaters of the Yellowstone River as a public park. From that beginning came a worldwide national park movement. Today more than 100 nations contain some 1,200 national parks or equivalent preserves.
Of course, within the USA, more and more pieces of federal land became part of the park system. By 1916, there were 35 national parks and monuments and President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the growing list. The National Park System of the United States now comprises almost 400 areas covering more than 84 million acres in 49 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands.
Sooner or later just about every President pays a visit to the National Park system. Of course, many of the presidential libraries and museums are part of the National Park system, but beyond that, the great outdoors does beckon and even the POTUS find themselves touring.
But there are also those wonderful bits of trivia that humanize our Presidents and highlight our parks as well.
Did you know any of these fun tidbits? Just in time for President’s Day, here are some fun facts about parks and U.S. presidents provided by Xanterra Parks & Resorts: