"There is nothing so American as our national parks.... The fundamental idea behind the parks...is that the country belongs to the people.”
- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Welcome to the home of the America's National Parks Podcast. In the coming weeks, we'll begin to explore our nation's treasures, their history, their people, and their stories. From Denali, the tallest mountain peak, to Death Valley's Badwater Basin, 282 feet below sea level. 2000 pound bison that roam Yellowstone's Lamar Valley, and the nightly flight of hundreds of thousands of Brazilian free-tailed bats from Carlsbad Caverns' gaping opening. Redwood trees approaching the height of a 40-story building. Bronze and Marble temples in Washington, D.C., honoring the founders of our nation, and battlefields where the blood of too many of the next generations would be reclaimed by the earth. Nearly 90 million acres of land, 18,000 miles of trails, 75,000 archaeological sites, 27,000 historic and prehistoric structures, and the 20,000 rangers and 246,000 volunteers that protect it all, at over 400 individual National Park Service units.
We'll begin soon with our first full episode exploring a 400-mile cave system that is more than an underground dreamland, it's the embodiment of American History, from ancient native people to the civil rights movement.
Until then, listen to our "episode zero," a preview episode of sorts: