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The Newest National Parks to Visit in 2016

HuffPost Logo By Viator of HuffPost | Slide 1 of 8: The National Park Service, making people happy for 100 years.

President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill 100 years ago directing the Department of the Interior "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Thus began the organization that would be known as the National Park Service (NPS). Yellowstone was the first and, over the years, more than 50 parks have been added.

In 2015, the NPS established seven new national parks, bringing the total number to 58. These new parks include a desert on the edge of Las Vegas, a supervolcano and the birthplace of America's 16th president. The addition of these seven parks adds 250,000 acres of protected land to the total. The last significant addition prior to this was during the Carter presidency; 1,974,005 acres were added with the adoption of the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978. This year, to celebrate the centennial anniversary of U.S. national parks, make plans to visit the newest additions. While these parks are new to the NPS, they're not totally brand-new sites. However, with the new funding (and title of national park), these lesser-known gems won't remain under the radar for long.

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