Maintenance Backlog

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The national parks are special places of wonder. We must meet the challenge of preserving them for our children and grandchildren.

Each year, more than 300 million visitors come to national parks knowing they will have an exceptional experience. Maintaining the roads and bridges, visitor centers, historic buildings, trails, and campgrounds that make parks such incredible places to visit is an enormous task. Over the years, aging facilities, growing visitation, and limited resources have made that task even harder, resulting in a backlog of maintenance work. We have an integrated set of systems to record and track the maintenance needs of park facilities, including the delayed repairs that are collectively called "deferred maintenance."

We're working to address the maintenance backlog to preserve parks and provide a world-class visitor experience. You can get involved with your national parks, from participating in a park friends group to volunteering and working with us!

Last updated: April 19, 2021