52 Best National Park Books for 2024

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If you are looking for the best national park books, I’ve found 52 that you need to know about! Along with my favorites, you’ll also discover books on every facet of our national parks.

Of course you’ll find the usual guides and coffee table books but there is so much more when it comes to books about our national parks. Get ready to learn about cookbooks, art books, history, fiction, books by national park rangers, kids books, and so much more. Let’s get started!

National Park Guides

There's nothing like sitting down with a comprehensive guide book to plan a national park trip. Before I know it, I'm immersed in the photographs, ideas for what to see and do, advice on where to stay plus insider tips that truly make the trip a memorable one.

National Park Coffee Table Books

Sometimes, I want to sit down with a coffee table book filled with visual inspiration and information. These best-selling national park coffee table books will do just that. And there are so many to choose from. Get ready to be inspired!

National Park Hiking Books

Putting your feet on the ground is the best way I know of to experience a national park. But it helps to know what to expect, especially if you have a fear of heights (like me).

Knowing what to expect is crucial to a fun hiking experience. Thankfully, there are many books and maps to help us out.

Books about National Park Lodging

Did you know that there’s a special name for those gorgeous, rustic lodges you find in national parks? It’s called Parkitecture, a special mix of rustic building elements that give a nod to nature.

Don’t wait until you arrive to learn about these historic national park lodges. Read a book, first!

National Park Cookbooks

Relive travel memories through cooking? Yes, you can. Discover national park cookbooks from the chefs who work there. But these books include so much more.

National Parks History

While most of us visit national parks for the fabulous outdoor experiences, history plays a part, too. Reading about the epic journeys that influenced leaders of the day to preserve these lands puts a fresh perspective on how U.S. national parks came to be. Like all history, there’s the good and the bad, but it’s all worth reading about.

National Parks Books for Kids

National parks books make great gifts for the grandkids. From activity books to campground survival books, you’re sure to find just the right one.

Books by National Park Rangers

When it comes to information, I like going to the source. Do you?

National park rangers have a ringside seat when it comes to visiting and enjoying national parks. Lucky for us, several rangers have written about their experiences. Which book will you choose?

National Parks Fiction Books

Sometimes I want to forego the guide books and informational sources to sit down with a good read. And what better setting for a fictional book than one of the sixty-two national parks spread across the U.S. From mysteries to adventure, here’s a sampling of fiction books set in national parks that are sure to keep you entertained.

National Park Art Books

You’ll discover many art books inspired by the spectacular scenery found in U.S. National Parks. From pages filled with acclaimed artists to coloring books where you create the art, there’s a book for every national park lover.

As you can see, there’s a national park book for all interests and ages. Which one will you read, first?

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