National Park Service

The National Park Service has officially launched a new mobile app that’ll help in reshaping the travel industry. The app was published under the title “National Park Service” on both Apple Store and Google Play Store, aiming to ease access to information about the travel industry.

National Park Service (NPS) is a free app that provides its users with several features including lodging reservations, accessibility information, hiking and biking suggestions, restaurant hours and even downloading maps for offline use. The app aims to enable users to access all information they need in one place, and to this date, it has over 423 units.

Although the app is still in beta version, NPS currently has features that make it very useful for national parks fans. For instance, you can find the nearest unit by tagging your location and planning ahead for your upcoming road trips. The app also enables visitors to pin their favorite parks to the top so they can revisit them on the app without hurdles.
Additionally, the park data is downloadable for offline use and provides visitors with the ability to run guided audio tours. Also, NPS suggests the best spots and top recommendations all around the country.

 Access maps, bookmark trails, see park alerts, and more (Photo: NPS/App Store)

Access maps, bookmark trails, see park alerts, and more (Photo: NPS/App Store)

By far, the most important feature of the app is that it has all information in one place. In other words, visitors don’t have to download an app for each park they visit and then uninstall it on their mobile. Instead, the app has images of all park passport stamps and where users can get them. Additionally, people can create and send virtual postcards.
In conclusion, the National Park Service app sends alerts on road closures, essential information, and advice. However, since it’s in beta version, the app lacks some important information about caves, hiking destinations, and other activities that are missing.

A Park Service spokesperson said that at this time it’s focusing on finalizing content and testing features, noting that “parks are continuously adding content to their sections of the app, so always check back to see if favorite parks have added more info.”

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