These Are The Most ‘Extreme’ National Parks In The U.S.

What do you think of when you hear "extreme?" The word is meant to describe a subject that goes beyond any other measure related to it. An "extreme" temperature, for example, is hotter (or colder) than what is typical for that time of year.

These parks from the National Park Service run the gamut of "extreme." Some are the biggest parks, some are the most obscure, while others are extreme in other ways. Would you dare visit these locations?

The Coldest National Park

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The coldest national park is in the state where you might expect it to be — Alaska, the most northern state in the U.S. The cold temps reach down to negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit at their most bitter cold! This happens at Denali, the national park named after the tallest mountain in North America (formerly named Mt. McKinley, after the nation’s 25th president).

The national park takes up more than just the mountain it’s named after, however — in fact, Denali National Park is just shy of 9,500 square miles in size. Most of the coldest temps happen on the mountain itself, but we recommend dressing warm, whether you’re scaling the mountain or just enjoying other parts of the park.