Wildlife and Outdoor Hazards in Parks

National parks provide the opportunity to experience some of the most extraordinary natural and cultural resources in the world! National park environments are very dynamic, ranging from urban to historic to wilderness settings.

We’ve put together some safety tips on how to be prepared and steps to take if you encounter any of these common hazards during your trip. Remember that every park is unique. Environments and hazards can even vary within a park. Always check the park website for more specific information about local hazards and how to prepare for your specific adventure...and don’t forget to “Ask a Ranger” when you arrive at the park.

Last updated: May 4, 2023