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Atlas of the National Parks

An Inside Look at the Beauty That Drives More Than 330 Million Visitors to America’s Parks Each Year


A map is the greatest of all epic poems. Its lines and colors show the realization of great dreams. GILBERT H. GROSVENOR, LEGENDARY EDITOR OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE

WITH MORE THAN 200 maps — both historical and contemporary — informative graphics and inspiring images, Atlas of the National Parks, by Jon Waterman (National Geographic; Nov. 19, 2019; ISBN: 978-1-4262-2057-9; US $65/CAN $86; 432 pages), showcases the entirety of America’s spectacular park system for the very first time. This authoritative atlas joins National Geographic’s best-in-class National Parks publishing program, providing travelers with an unparalleled look at our nation’s most treasured parks — including the virtually unexplored Indiana Dunes National Park.

From the white sand beaches of Dry Tortugas to the snowy peaks of Denali, this captivating book tells the unique stories of America’s 61 beloved national parks and takes readers on an epic journey through the extraordinary and unique features that distinguish each.

Organized by region, each insightful chapter provides aspiring travelers with an up-close look at what makes each park special via striking imagery and state-of-the-art graphics reflecting its magnificent landmarks, representative wildlife, climate, culture, archaeology, recreational offerings and more. Each park entry includes at least one brand-new map, created by National Geographic in collaboration with the National Park Service.

Through the pages of this impressive atlas, readers can dive deep into the phenomenal attractions that keep visitors coming back to these majestic parks time and time again, including the following:

  • An overview of “park superlatives,” including the tallest waterfall, deepest lake and largest tree
  • An inside look at the first and most iconic national park, Wyoming’s Yellowstone
  • An in-depth look at the many flowering species that call the Great Smoky Mountains home
  • An explanation of the 1.9 billion-year-old volcanic and metamorphic strata that lie at the bottom of the Grand Canyon
  • Front-country campgrounds and backcountry camping opportunities found throughout the Rocky Mountains
  • The story of the remarkable carriage road of Acadia National Park that set the standards for road building in its counterparts

Whether you’re traveling near or far, via camper van or horseback, on foot or bicycle, this comprehensive atlas will evoke awe and instill pride in America’s grand national park system, making readers more excited than ever to discover and explore the lands that make this country unique.

About the Author:

Jon Waterman is an award-winning author, filmmaker and adventurer who has received three grants from the National Geographic Society Expeditions Council. In addition to exploring and documenting various parts of the United States, he is a former ranger for the National Park Service and a longtime wilderness guide. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Adventure, Outside and Backpacker and his books include “Running Dry,” “In the Shadow of Denali,” “Where Mountains Are Nameless” and “Arctic Crossing,” among others.

About the Book:
  • Title: Atlas of the National Parks
  • Author: Jon Waterman
  • Publisher: National Geographic
  • Pub Date: November 2019
  • Price: US $65.00/CAN $86.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-4262-2057-9
  • Pages: 432 pages; 300 photographs
  • Format: Hard Cover

About National Geographic Partners:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit or

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