National Preserves are areas having characteristics associated with national parks, but in which Congress has permitted continued public hunting, trapping, oil/gas exploration and extraction. Many existing national preserves, without sport hunting, would qualify for national park designation. At present, there are 18 national preserves in the National Park System, 10 of which are located in Alaska.
Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve
Located in volcanically active Aleutian Mountains, the Aniakchak caldera features lava flows, cinder cones, and explosion pits, as well as Surprise Lake.
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
Located on the Seward Peninsula, the preserve is a remnant of the land bridge that once connected Asia with North America more than 13,000 years ago.
Big Cypress National Preserve
Area protects the watershed for the threatened ecosystem of South Florida and includes abundant subtropical plant and animal life.
Big Thicket National Preserve
The "Biological Crossroads of North America" consists of nine separate land units and four water corridors that protect a variety of ecological systems.
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
Protects a stunning array of volcanic features and hosts a number of plants and animals adapted to live in the harsh volcanic and high desert environment.
Denali National Park and Preserve
This Biosphere Reserve features 20,320-foot Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in North America, as well as a number of other mountains and large glaciers.
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve
Second largest unit of the NPS lies entirely above Arctic Circle and preserves part of Central Brooks Range, the northernmost extension of the Rocky Mountains.
Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve
Includes Mount Fairweather, the highest peak in southeast Alaska, the U.S. portion of the Alsek River, and a variety of plants and animals.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Large sand dunes in the U.S. were deposited over thousands of years by southwesterly winds blowing through the passes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Katmai National Park and Preserve
Large wilderness area includes lakes, forests, mountains, and marshlands, all with an abundance of wildlife.
Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Geological diversity includes jagged peaks, granite spires, and two active volcanoes. Lakes and rivers within park are critical salmon habitat.
Little River Canyon National Preserve
Protects the natural, scenic, cultural, and recreational resources of the Little River Canyon of northeast Alabama.
Mojave National Preserve
Protects fragile environment of the desert tortoise, and features a variety of landscapes, geologic phenomenon, historic sites, and recreation areas.
Noatak National Preserve
One of North America's largest mountain-ringed river basins with an intact, unaltered ecosystem, it features some of the Arctic's finest arrays of plants and animals.
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Protects a nationally significant example of the once vast tallgrass ecosystem. Of the 400,000 square miles of tallgrass prairie that once covered the North American Continent, less than 1 percent remains, primarily in the Flint Hills.
Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve
Protects estuarine natural resources, along with historic and prehistoric sites between northeast Florida's lower Saint Johns and Nassau rivers.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Located at convergence of the Chugach, Wrangell, and St. Elias mountain ranges, the largest unit of the NPS includes Mount St. Elias and numerous glaciers.
Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
Located along the Canadian border in central Alaska, it preserve protects 115 miles of the 1,800-mile Yukon River and the entire Charley River basin.