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NPS Launches A Single Feature-Rich App For National Parks

A digital screenshot of the Death Valley home page on the new National Parks Service App.
Screenshot / National Parks Service App
The app features different national parks, each with its own home page, which guides the user through a variety of activities like tours, sunset or sunrise locations and lodging.

The National Park Service just dropped an early version of its new app.

The free app, available to Android and Apple users, offers features including downloadable trail maps, lodging reservations and even audio tours.

For example, many of the scenes in the iconic movie Stars Wars were filmed in Death Valley National Park. “A wise old Jedi and a young Luke Skywalker once stood on top of this iconic ridge overlooking Mos Eisley,” the app's tour guide says as you swipe through an interactive map. The app also has live webcams and air quality trackers as well news updates and event calendars.

“The beta version of the new NPS mobile app recently became available in app stores as part of a soft launch,” the agency said in a statement. “At this time, we are focusing on finalizing content and testing features in preparation for the upcoming public launch. More information on the app will be available in the coming months.”

This story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, KUNR in Nevada, the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West in Montana, KUNC in Colorado, KUNM in New Mexico, with support from affiliate stations across the region. Funding for the Mountain West News Bureau is provided in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Stephanie Serrano (she/her/ella) is an award-winning multimedia bilingual journalist based in Reno, Nevada. Her reporting is powered by character-driven stories and is rooted in sound-rich audio. Her storytelling works to share the experiences of unserved communities in regards to education, race, affordable housing and sports.
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