America’s Geologic Legacy

Come and explore the world's most magnificent rock collection—your National Parks. The science of geology will help you to better understand park scenery and Earth systems. The National Park Service uses science-based conservation methods to ensure that geologic features and systems are protected and remain as a legacy for future generations. But, our treasured geologic sites need everyone’s help and respect—most have developed through natural processes over millions of years and are irreplaceable. Learn about geology, visit the parks, and discover your Geologic Heritage.

El Malpais National Monument NPS Photo/Dale Pate

Geologic Tour

Enjoy a grand tour of geology.

Cumberland Gap Appalachian Highlands Photo by Scott Teodorski

Park Landforms

Learn about all the different landforms that exist in the National Parks.

Death Valley National Park NPS Photo/Dale Pate

Geologic Wonders

Explore the geologic wonders of our National Parks.

photo-illustration person in meadow with geologic map background

NPS Geodiversity Atlas

Check out the largest collection of NPS geoscience information ever compiled.

Gypsum Chandelier in Lechuguilla Cave - Photo by Permission - Jean Krejca

Rocks and Minerals

Rocks and minerals are all around us! They are important for learning about earth materials, structure, and systems.

Last updated: February 5, 2020


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