Volcano Types in Parks

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aerial view of a large cinder cone
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Arizona

NPS photo.

Introduction

National parks are great places to experience the range of terrestrial volcanic landforms. For example, visitors to Mount Rainier can be inspired by a majestic composite volcano. At Capulin Volcano National Monument, visitors can walk around the rim and into the crater of a cinder cone.


Some parks only contain only one type of volcano, or even a single volcano. Other parks have multiple volcanoes within their boundaries, sometimes of multiple types.

Based on the number of different types of volcanoes it contains, Yellowstone National Park has the most volcanic diversity of any unit of the National Park System as it contains 6 different types of volcanoes. Aniakchak, Katmai, and Wrangell-St. Elias national parks and preserves in Alaska each contain 5 different types of volcanoes.

Crater Lake National Park is the second most diverse volcanic park in the Lower 48 as it contains 5 different types of volcanoes. Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lava Beds National Monument, both in Northern California, each contain 4 different types of volcanoes.

Explore Park Volcano Types

list of park names and the volcano types that occur in the park
ParkStateCinder ConeComposite VolcanoShield VolcanoCaldera"Super Volcanoes"DomeTuff Ring/MaarFissure VolcanoVolcanic Field (Monogenetic)

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Explore Parks with Volcanoes

  1. Aniakchak National Monument, Alaska—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  2. Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  3. Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  4. Big Bend National Park, Texas—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  5. Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home ] [npshistory.com]

  6. Coronado National Monument, Arizona—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  7. Crater Lake National Park, Oregon—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  8. Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  9. Death Valley National Park, California & Nevada—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  10. El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  11. Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  12. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  13. Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Arizona—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  14. Haleakala National Park, Hawaii—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  15. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai’i—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  16. Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawai’i—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  17. Katmai National Park, Alaska—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  18. Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  19. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Arizona and Nevada—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  20. Lassen Volcanic National Park, California—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  21. Lava Beds National Monument, California—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  22. Mojave National Preserve, California—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  23. Mount Rainier National Park, Washington—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  24. National Park of American Samoa, American Samoa—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  25. Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  26. Petroglyph National Monument , New Mexico—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  27. Saguaro National Park, Arizona—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  28. Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  29. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Arizona—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  30. Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  31. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  32. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

  33. Zion National Park, Utah—[Geodiversity Atlas] [Park Home] [npshistory.com]

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Last updated: November 18, 2022