Visiting national parks is about to get easier than ever, thanks to a new app just released by the National Park Service. The new app, called National Park Service, contains accessibility information, lodging reservation, hike suggestions, audio tours, restaurant hours, and downloadable maps for use in all 423 NPS units across the country.
According to Outside, a National Park Service spokesperson said, “Parks are continuously adding content to their sections of the app, so always check back to see if favorite parks have added more info.”
Although the app is still in its beta version, users can already take advantage of many of its features. You can customize your homepage with your favorite parks, take unique audio tours of things like Star Wars filming locations in Death Valley, and learn in-depth geographic history about volcanoes and other natural phenomena.
The park’s most useful feature is likely the streamlining of the visitor experience. No longer do national park enthusiasts have to download separate apps for each park — this one-app-fits-all approach covers all your bases and is perfect for getting alerts on closures and road conditions, booking campgrounds, and looking for nearby food options.