Denali National Park

Highest North American National Parks

Which National Park has the highest elevation? What about the lowest?

The Highest & Lowest US National Park

The top three highest elevation National Parks are all in Alaska. Denali National Park‘s Denali Peak stands at over 20,300 ft (6,100 m) above sea level. It is the highest point in North America, edging out Mount Logan in Canada by over 700 ft.

Denali National Park

Denali National Park

Best Months: June, July & August
Hours: Open year-round, but facilities and services are limited in winter
Entrance Fee: $15 per adult, valid for 7 days

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Mount Rainier is the highest National Park in the lower 48 (contiguous) states. Mount Rainier Peak stands at over 14,100 ft (4,392 km) high and is located in Washington state.

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Best Months: July, June, August & September
Hours: Open all year, 24 hours a day
Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

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The lowest point in the US is Badwater Basin in Death Valley. It’s elevation of 282 feet below sea level is also the lowest point in North America.

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

Best Months: March, April, October & November
Hours: The park is open daily, 24 hours a day, all year
Entrance Fee: $30 per vehicle, valid for 7 days

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Maximum Elevations of US National Parks

Many National Parks have negligible max elevations due to being oceanfront parks, like the Everglades, Biscayne, and Dry Tortugas in Florida. Because of this, not all parks are shown in this table.

RankNameState(s)Elevation PointElevation
#1Denali National ParkAKDenali Peak20,310 ft(6,190 m)
#2Wrangell-St. Elias National ParkAKMount Saint Elias18,008 ft(5,489 m)
#3Glacier Bay National ParkAKMount Fairweather15,300 ft(4,663 m)
#4Sequoia National ParkCAMount Whitney14,505 ft(4,421 m)
#5Mount Rainier National ParkWAMount Rainier Peak14,411 ft(4,392 m)
#6Rocky Mountain National ParkCOLongs Peak14,259 ft(4,346 m)
#7Kings Canyon National ParkCANorth Palisade Peak14,242 ft(4,341 m)
#8Grand Teton National ParkWYGrand Teton Peak13,770 ft(4,197 m)
#9Great Sand Dunes National ParkCOTijeras Peak13,610 ft(4,148 m)
#10Yosemite National ParkCAMount Lyell13,114 ft(3,997 m)
#11Great Basin National ParkNVWheeler Peak13,065 ft(3,982 m)
#12Yellowstone National ParkID,MT,WYEagle Peak11,358 ft(3,462 m)
#13Death Valley National ParkCA,NVTelescope Peak11,049 ft(3,368 m)
#14Glacier National ParkMTMount Cleveland10,466 ft(3,190 m)
#15Lassen Volcanic National ParkCALassen Peak10,457 ft(3,187 m)
#16Lake Clark National ParkAKRedoubt Volcano10,197 ft(3,108 m)
#17North Cascades National ParkWAGoode Mountain9,220 ft(2,810 m)
#18Grand Canyon National ParkAZLookout tower near the North Rim’s main entrance9,165 ft(2,793 m)
#19Bryce Canyon National ParkUTRainbow Point9,115 ft(2,778 m)
#20Black Canyon of the Gunnison National ParkCOPoison Spring Hill9,040 ft(2,755 m)

20 Highest Canadian National Parks by Elevation

Mount Logan in the Kluane National Park Reserve is the highest peak in Canada, standing 19,541 ft (5,956 m) high.

The next four highest Canadian National Parks are all within the Canadian Rockies as Jasper, Banff, Yoho and Kootenay round out the top 5. We actually developed a road trip that visits 3 of the 4, but you could easily add in the last one if you added an extra day.

RankNameProvince(s)Elevation PointElevation
#1Kluane National Park ReserveYTMount Logan19,541 ft(5,956 m)
#2Jasper National ParkABMount Columbia12,274 ft(3,741 m)
#3Banff National ParkABMount Forbes11,867 ft(3,617 m)
#4Yoho National ParkBCMount Goodsir11,703 ft(3,567 m)
#5Kootenay National ParkBC,ABDeltaform Mountain11,240 ft(3,426 m)
#6Glacier National ParkBCMount Dawson11,079 ft(3,377 m)
#7Waterton Lakes National ParkABMount Blakiston9,619 ft(2,932 m)
#8Nahanni National Park ReserveNTMount Nirvana9,098 ft(2,773 m)
#9Mount Revelstoke National ParkBCMount Inverness8,698 ft(2,651 m)
#10Quttinirpaaq National ParkNUBarbeau Peak8,583 ft(2,616 m)
#11Nááts’ihch’oh National Park ReserveNT(unnamed peak)8,058 ft(2,456 m)
#12Auyuittuq National ParkNUPenny Ice Cap6,955 ft(2,120 m)
#13Sirmilik National ParkNUAngilaaq Mountain6,378 ft(1,944 m)
#14Ivvavik National ParkYTArthur Laing Peak5,774 ft(1,760 m)
#15Torngat Mountains National ParkNLMount Caubvick5,420 ft(1,652 m)
#16Mealy Mountains National Park ReserveNL3,871 ft(1,180 m)
#17Vuntut National ParkYTVuntut High Point3,773 ft(1,150 m)
#18Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage SiteBCMount de la Touche3,668 ft(1,118 m)
#19Grasslands National ParkSKGrasslands National Park High Point3,301 ft(1,006 m)
#20Wood Buffalo National ParkAB,NTWood Buffalo National Park High Point3,169 ft(966 m)