Disclaimer

Third-Party APIs and Services

The National Park Service (NPS) utilizes basemap, geocoding, and routing services from a number of different providers in its digital maps. This usage of, and any reference to, non-U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) products does not constitute an endorsement by the DOI.

Here are disclaimers for the services and libraries the NPS uses to build its web maps:

  • Bing Maps: By viewing services hosted by Bing on this website, the user agrees to these Terms of Service set forth by Microsoft.
  • CartoDB: By viewing services hosted by CartoDB on this website, the user agrees to these Terms of Services set forth by Vizzuality.
  • Esri: By viewing maps and other services hosted by Esri on this website, the user agrees to these Terms of Use set forth by Esri.
  • Mapbox: By viewing maps and other services hosted by Mapbox on this website, the user agrees to these Terms of Service set forth by Mapbox.
  • Mapzen: By viewing maps and other services hosted by Mapzen on this website, the user agrees to these Terms of Service set forth by Mapzen.
  • OpenStreetMap: Many of the maps displayed on the National Park Service website contain data from OpenStreetMap, which is copyright OpenStreetMap and contributors and licensed under the Open Data Commons Open Database License.

You can find more information on the general NPS disclaimer page.

Boundaries

The National Park Service unit extents shown in NPMap products (Places and Park Tiles) do not all pull from the official NPS source, the Land Resources Division (Lands), and should not be considered authoritative.

Lands Data

The NPS unit extents originating with the Land Resources Division shown in NPMap products represent the legislated boundary of each park. The NPS does not necessarily own or hold any interest (easement, right of way, etc.) in all areas contained within these boundaries. Equivalently, the NPS may own an interest in lands outside the legislated boundary.

You can download the official Lands dataset, and view the full metadata, on the NPS Data Store (click through the “NPS Park Boundaries” link on that page). NPS ownership data can also be downloaded for each unit by clicking on the park level “Details” links provided. Boundary and property ownership data are a cartographic interpretation of legislation, deeds, plats, surveys, and other source data. These datasets are not engineering quality drawings and should be used for administrative purposes only.

Liability

The National Park Service shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and/or contained herein. These data and related graphics are not legal documents and are not intended to be used as such.

The information contained in these data is dynamic and may change over time. The data are not better than the original sources from which they were derived. It is the responsibility of the data user to use the data appropriately and consistent within the limitations of geospatial data in general and these data in particular. The related graphics are intended to aid the data user in acquiring relevant data; it is not appropriate to use the related graphics as data.

The National Park Service gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of these data. It is strongly recommended that these data are directly acquired from an NPS server and not indirectly through other sources which may have changed the data in some way. Although these data have been processed successfully on a computer system at the National Park Service, no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the utility of the data on another system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. This disclaimer applies both to individual use of the data and aggregate use with other data.