It is a gift. It is a sacrifice. It is a duty of many, taken up by few. This site is dedicated to the men and women of the American military, past and present. The National Park Service preserves and shares the stories of the American military over the last three centuries. We also provide opportunities for our military community to connect to the beautiful landscapes and important history they defend.

National parks and the military have strong ties going back to the establishment of Yellowstone as the world's first national park in 1872. The U.S. Cavalry watched over America's national parks and did double duty, serving as the first park rangers until the National Park Service was created 44 years later. During World War II, many parks were set aside for the training and care of military personnel. Today, dozens of national parks commemorate military battles and achievements.

Discover the people who have protected our freedom. Learn about the places that shaped our military history and culture. Explore opportunities for active-duty military, veterans, and their families.


men in colonial uniforms firing muskets

War & the Declaration of Independence

The revolution that forever shook the world.

Memorial Day display at War In The Pacific

Find Your National Park

There are over 400 national parks to visit. Many have a military connection. Find your park.

Two women sit gazing at the river.

Parks For Healing

Discover how veterans' park visits can help them in their transition to civilian life after combat.

A raft full of people in Alsek Lake with Glaciers in the background.

Get Outside & Get Away

Find new adventures at a national park near you.

Last updated: July 8, 2018