Past Military Uses of Parks

It began with the U.S. Army protecting Yellowstone National Park before it was even a national park. The War Department transferred management of historic military sites to the National Park Service in the 1930s. During World War II, the Army, Navy, and others were permitted to use the parks for rest and relaxation as well as training. National park units along the coasts were used for a variety of military installations. Learn about the collaborative efforts between the U.S. Military and the National Park Service. The tradition continues today.
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    Last updated: November 10, 2017