The Best Phone Apps for
Park Information

Want to find the best phone apps to make camping reservations? Find out about the native animals? Find park services? Use these apps to get all the park information you need.

Most of these apps include GPS maps. Your device will need WIFI capabilities to function properly. Check your device before downloading. I’d hate for you to be disappointed. Then go off on a hiking, kayaking, horse backing riding, and anything else that you might want to do. While you are having fun remember to take pictures and upload them to Facebook, Twitter or to the app's website. These park apps will bring a lot of information your way. For more information on National Parks accessibility check out the recommended website below. Happy traveling.

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By GlobalMotion Media, Inc
4 STARS out of 5

The official California State Parks Foundation app, created by EveryTrail, is an ever-growing informational phone app. You will be able to find parks near you, and read about their highlights and history. With this phone app you will also be able to make campground reservations. While in the park, find the best hikes. Navigate the hiking trails using detailed maps, descriptions of points of interest, and photos. There is an endless list of hiking trails with photos to really peak your interest. This is a real winner. Can’t wait for more parks to be added.

Share your own experience by tracking your hikes, taking pictures and uploading to EveryTrail, Facebook and Twitter. By using this feature you can see the type of terrain, type of hiker you need to be to have fun on the trail.

Note: This App uses GPS and continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

FREE Version:  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

FREE Version: Android™

BackCountry Navigator PRO
CritterMap Software
4.5 STARS out of 5

TRY the DEMO version to make sure you like the maps in your country. This is a phone app that has everything going for it. Use offline topographical maps and GPS on hike trails without cell service. The GPS in your smart phone can get its position from GPS satellites, and you don’t have to rely on your data plan to get maps. Have more fun and safe GPS adventures. The BackCountry phone app has many built in map sources and allows you to create your own maps with Mobile Atlas Creator.

Here are some of the outdoor GPS activities BackCountry Navigator has been used for:

•Hiking both on hiking trails and off trail.
•Hunting trips for hunting wild game in rugged areas.
•Recon for the hunt or a live hunting trip.
•Search and Rescue (SAR).
•Bait fishing or fly fishing with a buddy: mark your favorite fishing spots and navigate.
•Camping trips to find that perfect camping site or find your way back to camp.
•Kayak and canoe trips on inland lakes and streams or marine, coastal waters.
•Backpacker trips: using topo maps of wilderness areas and national forests to navigate on trails with the GPS.
•Snow adventures including snowmobiling, skiing (alpine or cross country) and snowshoeing.

PAID Version: Android™

NOTE: If you've already purchased this or any paid app, you can install it at any time from 'My Apps' in the Android Market.

Oh, Ranger! ParkFinder™
By American Park Network
4.5 STARS out of 5

My favorite Park phone app. Find the parks nearest you with the activities you want to do. You can find a park pictorially or by a list. This is a well-written comprehensive database of every national park, state park and federal public land in America. Each location is cross-referenced with information about available activities, so you can search for the park nearest you with your favorite activities. It easy to navigate through the app to find the information you need. This phone app was created by the same team that publishes the little green Oh, Ranger!® guides to national parks and public lands, read by 20+ million park-lovers.

A few of the items and activities found in Oh Ranger™ ParkFinder includes:

• Maps & Directions
• Important Phone Numbers
• Seasonality/Weather
• Auto Touring
• Bicycling
• Bird Watching
• Boating
• Camping
• Caving
• Climbing
• Fishing
• Golfing
• Hiking
• Historic & Cultural Touring
• Horseback Riding
• Hunting
• Off Highway (OHV) Use
• Picnicking
• RVing
• Tennis
• Water Sports
• Wildlife Watching
• Winter Sports

FREE Version:  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

Park Wildlife
By Shearwater Marketing Group
3.5 STARS out of 5

This is a guide to 100 parks in the US. The 100 parks included in this phone app are a representative sampling of the hundreds of parks in the national park system that support critical wildlife habitat. They include Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, Gettysburg National Military Park, and Olympic National Park.

The guide is full of useful information about each park such as major sites within it, directions, hours and fees, and links and phone numbers to make reservations or get more information. Intended for novices and experts alike, the users can easily find within the guide the wildlife they are most likely to encounter. Find endangered or non-endangered wild life and get information on habitat, food, and travel range. Find species of mammal, reptile, bird, plants and more.

This field guide was developed for the National Parks Conservation Association by At the heart of this phone app is eNature’s comprehensive, geographically segmentable database of U.S. wildlife, both animals and plants.’s core content of wildlife information includes almost 6,000 individual species and is the same data set used to create the printed Audubon Field Guides. All the data has been carefully reviewed and vetted by leading biologists, zoologists and other natural history specialists.

FREE Version:  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

National Park Reference 1
WAGmob (Simple 'n Easy)
3.5 STARS out of 5

A handy phone app reference for US National Parks: Covers parks in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, Washington. Includes Denali, Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Saguaro, Kings Canyon, Redwood, Yosemite, Death Valley, Hawaii Volcanoes, Crater Lake, Arches, Mount Rainier, ...and more

Provides information about the park, attractions, history, hours, seasons, how to get there, fee, things to do and much more.

PAID Version: Android™

Park Maps
By Big Air Software, LLC
2.5 STARS out of 5

GPS enabled maps of over 250 U.S. National Parks, Monuments, and Recreational Areas. Every map is very high resolution and easy to read. You can view them in landscape or portrait mode. Maps are downloaded to the phone, so no internet connection is needed after the maps are downloaded. GPS navigator only available on iPhone 3G, so check your device.

Some of the maps include: Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite, San Francisco Golden Gate Recreation Area, Lake Mead, Delaware Water Gap, Everglades, Statue of Liberty, Olympic National Park, Cuyahoga Valley, Rocky Mountain National Park, Zion, Grand Teton, Point Reyes, Cape Hatteras, Rock Creek Park, Acadia, Gulf Islands, Glen Canyon, Glacier National Park, Gettysburg, Josua Tree, Mt. Rainier, Shenandoah NP, Isle Royal, Bryce Canyon, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Canaveral, Sequoia, Arches, Lake Meredith, Death Valley, Badlands, Cumberland Gap, Muir Woods, Fort Sumpter, Padre Island, Kings Canyon, Petrified Forest, Wright Brothers Memorial, Mammoth Cave, White Sands, Canyonlands, Denali, Glacier Bay, Pictured Rocks, Lassen Volcanic, Redwood, Colorado National Monument, Carlsbad Caverns, and many more. Many of the phone apps have great websites. See this website for a complete list. Website link also at the bottom.

Great for hiking, camping, and for RV trips. Have fun exploring!!!!

PAID Version:  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

Camp & RV
By Allstays LLC
4.5 STARS out of 5

With so many phone apps out there: Don’t take one more trip without Camp & RV, the ultimate outdoor travel app. You will be able to find Campgrounds, RV Parks and related services online or offline. See all places on the map view or look info up by type of location and by city. Includes an image search for campground photos. Everything from BLM camping to Walmart parking. Cell service is required for full GPS functionality. Location services enabled and Internet required for maps but other information is downloaded into your device.

•18,156 campgrounds: (US & Canada)
Expanded detail view lists amenities like open season, rate range, sites, hookups, amps, big rigs access, tents or no tents, club discounts (Good Sam, Camp Club USA, 1000 Trails, etc), water, showers, toilets/restrooms, tables, pool, playground, laundry, propane, pet-friendly, RV dump station, age restrictions, storage, firewood, boat launch, seasonal sites and internet access.
•State Parks
•National Parks
•National Forest
•Army Corps of Engineers
•Military famcamps
•County/City Parks
•E Lodge Member Parking
•Even primitive hike-in/boat-in/rough road spots that other apps exclude. Every point has coordinates, address or directions and phone. 96% have amenities and official website links.

You are able to help keep this app updated by sending in your own review, question or requests to:

PAID Version:  -  iPhone  |  iPod  |  iPad

PAID Version: Android™

Visit these recommended sites:

Pacific Island National Parks: Where there is Beauty and History

U.S. National Park Service: Find A Park and more

U.S. National Park Service: Accessibility Information

California State Parks: Discover the many states of California

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