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Most Prominent Peaks of US National Parks

RankLand NamePeak Prom-Ft  Elev-Ft Range (Level 3)HPAscents
1.Denali National Park and PreserveDenali20,14620,310Alaska RangeHP206
2.Mount Rainier National ParkMount Rainier13,24614,411Cascade RangeHP1983
3.Glacier Bay National Park and PreserveMount Fairweather12,96315,325Saint Elias MountainsHP15
4.Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and PreserveMount Blackburn11,59016,390South-Central Alaska7
5.Sequoia National ParkMount Whitney10,07814,498Sierra NevadaHP2511
6.Haleakala National ParkHaleakala10,02310,023HawaiiHP472
7.Lake Clark National Park and PreserveRedoubt Volcano909710,197Aleutian RangesHP3
8.Olympic National ParkMount Olympus78387969Northwest U.S. Coast RangesHP356
9.Great Basin National ParkWheeler Peak756313,063Great Basin RangesHP529
10.Katmai National Park and PreserveMount Griggs72007600Aleutian RangesHP9
11.Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkMauna Loa707913,679HawaiiHP159
12.Grand Teton National ParkGrand Teton653013,770Greater Yellowstone RockiesHP345
13.Death Valley National ParkTelescope Peak616811,048Great Basin RangesHP558
14.Gates of the Arctic National Park and PreserveMount Igikpak60768276Brooks RangeHP2
15.Lassen Volcanic National ParkLassen Peak522910,457Cascade RangeHP793
16.Glacier National Park (USA)Mount Cleveland522610,466Central Montana Rocky MountainsHP66
17.North Cascades National ParkMount Spickard47798979Cascade Range90
18.Saguaro National ParkMica Mountain46088664Southwest Basins and RangesHP82
19.Great Smoky Mountains National ParkClingmans Dome45036643Blue Ridge MountainsHP1293
20.Kenai Fjords National ParkIceworm Peak45005800South-Central Alaska0
21.Big Bend National ParkEmory Peak44857825Southwest Basins and RangesHP239
22.Kobuk Valley National ParkMount Angayukaqsraq34004700Brooks RangeHP9
23.Yellowstone National ParkElectric Peak338910,969Greater Yellowstone Rockies31
24.National Park of American SamoaLata Mountain31693169SamoaHP7
25.Guadalupe Mountains National ParkGuadalupe Peak30298749Southwest Basins and RangesHP831
26.Crater Lake National ParkMount Scott30098929Cascade RangeHP279
27.Rocky Mountain National ParkLongs Peak294014,255Southern Rocky MountainsHP667
28.Kings Canyon National ParkNorth Palisade289414,242Sierra NevadaHP205
29.Yosemite National ParkMount Conness263012,590Sierra Nevada271
30.Joshua Tree National ParkSpectre Peak25464482Great Basin Ranges141
31.Great Sand Dunes National ParkMount Zwischen224612,006Southern Rocky Mountains8
32.Shenandoah National ParkHawksbill21484050Blue Ridge MountainsHP325
33.Grand Canyon National ParkVishnu Temple18137533Colorado Plateau2
34.Canyonlands National ParkJunction Butte17206400Colorado Plateau0
35.Zion National ParkThe East Temple17097709Colorado Plateau2
36.Mesa Verde National ParkPark Point Lookout16118571Colorado PlateauHP138
37.Pinnacles National ParkNorth Chalone Peak15443304Central and Southern California RangesHP155
38.Acadia National ParkCadillac Mountain15281528Northern U.S. AppalachiansHP768
39.Channel Islands National ParkEl Montanon13331808Central and Southern California RangesHP131
40.Capitol Reef National ParkGeorge Benchmark12897289Colorado Plateau9
41.Virgin Islands National ParkBordeaux Mountain12861286Puerto Rico and Virgin IslandsHP34
42.Black Canyon of the Gunnison National ParkRed Rock Benchmark10827802Southern Rocky Mountains1
43.Arches National ParkElephant Butte8235653Colorado PlateauHP60
44.Isle Royale National ParkMount Desor7921394Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP30
45.Redwood National ParkRodgers Peak7902790Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges0
46.Bryce Canyon National ParkRainbow Point7609115Colorado PlateauHP238
47.Hot Springs National ParkMusic Mountain6401400Ozark HighlandsHP75
48.Badlands National ParkNorth Pinnacle5153255Great Plains23
49.Petrified Forest National ParkPilot Rock5146234Colorado PlateauHP23
50.Carlsbad Caverns National ParkDouble Benchmark3986238Southwest Basins and Ranges1
51.Wind Cave National ParkRankin Ridge3935013Great PlainsHP104
52.Theodore Roosevelt National ParkBuck Hill2802840Great Plains44
53.Voyageurs National ParkVoyageurs High Point Tower2601400Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP23
54.Mammoth Cave National ParkIndian Hill North200800Appalachian Plateaus0
55.Indiana Dunes National ParkMount Holden153763Midwest-Great Lakes Area10
56.Cuyahoga Valley National ParkPeninsula Hill100800Midwest-Great Lakes Area0
57.Biscayne National ParkTotten Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP15
57.Dry Tortugas National ParkLoggerhead Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP13

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List Description

Note that there are three National Parks where a most prominent peak is impossible to determine:

  • Everglades: A giant swamp.
  • Congaree: A small swamp.
  • Gateway Arch: A small urbanized tract of land.

The extent to which there are local maxima on the ground surface of these areas is very low, and in the swampy areas there may be quite a bit of change. So it seems best to leave there three parks off the list.

The low and swampy Key Biscayne and Dry Tortutagas National Parks are on islands, so the island high point is also the prominence point.

 


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