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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 RangeHP293
2.Mount Rainier National ParkMount Rainier13,24614,411Cascade RangeHP2768
3.Glacier Bay National Park and PreserveMount Fairweather12,96315,325Saint Elias MountainsHP21
4.Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and PreserveMount Blackburn11,59016,390South-Central Alaska7
5.Sequoia National ParkMount Whitney10,07814,498Sierra NevadaHP3657
6.Haleakala National ParkHaleakala10,02310,023HawaiiHP690
7.Lake Clark National Park and PreserveRedoubt Volcano909710,197Aleutian RangesHP8
8.Olympic National ParkMount Olympus78387969Northwest U.S. Coast RangesHP523
9.Great Basin National ParkWheeler Peak756313,063Great Basin RangesHP826
10.Katmai National Park and PreserveMount Griggs72007600Aleutian RangesHP11
11.Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkMauna Loa707913,679HawaiiHP222
12.Grand Teton National ParkGrand Teton653013,770Greater Yellowstone RockiesHP532
13.Death Valley National ParkTelescope Peak616811,048Great Basin RangesHP874
14.Gates of the Arctic National Park and PreserveMount Igikpak60768276Brooks RangeHP2
15.Lassen Volcanic National ParkLassen Peak522910,457Cascade RangeHP1171
16.Glacier National Park (USA)Mount Cleveland522610,466Central Montana Rocky MountainsHP104
17.North Cascades National ParkMount Spickard47798979Cascade Range122
18.Saguaro National ParkMica Mountain46088664Southwest Basins and RangesHP145
19.Great Smoky Mountains National ParkClingmans Dome45036643Blue Ridge MountainsHP1858
20.Kenai Fjords National ParkIceworm Peak45005800South-Central Alaska0
21.Big Bend National ParkEmory Peak44857825Southwest Basins and RangesHP364
22.Kobuk Valley National ParkMount Angayukaqsraq34004700Brooks RangeHP9
23.Yellowstone National ParkElectric Peak338910,969Greater Yellowstone Rockies58
24.National Park of American SamoaLata Mountain31693169SamoaHP8
25.Guadalupe Mountains National ParkGuadalupe Peak30298749Southwest Basins and RangesHP1244
26.Crater Lake National ParkMount Scott30098929Cascade RangeHP429
27.Rocky Mountain National ParkLongs Peak294014,255Southern Rocky MountainsHP1022
28.Kings Canyon National ParkNorth Palisade289414,242Sierra NevadaHP292
29.Yosemite National ParkMount Conness264712,590Sierra Nevada445
30.Joshua Tree National ParkSpectre Peak25464482Great Basin Ranges196
31.Shenandoah National ParkHawksbill21484050Blue Ridge MountainsHP484
32.Grand Canyon National ParkVishnu Temple18137533Colorado Plateau2
33.Canyonlands National ParkJunction Butte17206400Colorado Plateau7
34.Zion National ParkThe East Temple17097709Colorado Plateau8
35.Mesa Verde National ParkPark Point Lookout16118571Colorado PlateauHP218
36.Channel Islands National ParkSoledad Peak15891589Central and Southern California Ranges12
37.Pinnacles National ParkNorth Chalone Peak15443304Central and Southern California RangesHP215
38.Acadia National ParkCadillac Mountain15281528Northern U.S. AppalachiansHP1075
39.Capitol Reef National ParkGeorge Benchmark12897289Colorado Plateau15
40.Virgin Islands National ParkBordeaux Mountain12861286Puerto Rico and Virgin IslandsHP44
41.Black Canyon of the Gunnison National ParkRed Rock Benchmark10827802Southern Rocky Mountains7
42.Arches National ParkElephant Butte8235653Colorado PlateauHP92
43.Isle Royale National ParkMount Desor7921394Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP47
44.Redwood National ParkRodgers Peak7902790Northwest U.S. Coast Ranges0
45.Bryce Canyon National ParkRainbow Point7609115Colorado PlateauHP352
46.Great Sand Dunes National ParkStar Dune7508598Southern Rocky Mountains47
47.Hot Springs National ParkMusic Mountain6401400Ozark HighlandsHP108
48.Badlands National ParkNorth Pinnacle5153255Great Plains39
49.Petrified Forest National ParkPilot Rock5146234Colorado PlateauHP35
50.Carlsbad Caverns National ParkDouble Benchmark3986238Southwest Basins and Ranges1
51.Wind Cave National ParkRankin Ridge3935013Great PlainsHP141
52.Theodore Roosevelt National ParkBuck Hill2802840Great Plains81
53.Voyageurs National ParkVoyageurs High Point Tower2601400Midwest-Great Lakes AreaHP39
54.Mammoth Cave National ParkIndian Hill North200800Appalachian Plateaus3
55.White Sands National ParkWhite Sands National Park High Point1164116Southwest Basins and RangesHP13
56.Cuyahoga Valley National ParkPeninsula Hill100800Midwest-Great Lakes Area6
57.Indiana Dunes National ParkMount Baldy93703Midwest-Great Lakes Area15
58.Biscayne National ParkTotten Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP18
58.Dry Tortugas National ParkLoggerhead Key High Point1010Piedmont-Southeast CoastHP18

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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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