There is always great joy in traveling to one our country's national parks. They are beautiful and offer so much to do, hiking, skiing, swimming, amazing natural wonders, wildlife, lodging, camping, and so much more.

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This past year they have never been busier. More than 300 million people flocked to the parks last year to surround themselves in the natural beauty and splendor.

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But guess what? They can be deadly, too. With so many people flocking to the national parks, there is a greater risk of injuries and even death.

An analysis was conducted to determine which of the 428 national parks are the deadliest with some surprising results.

Topping the list is the Grand Canyon.

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Sadly, over 165 visitors have died since 2007. Stepping too close to the rim to get that perfect picture? Never a good idea!

But most surprising is that a Michigan national park is third on the list of the deadliest national parks in the country.

What is it? Isle Royale National Park!

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Why is Isle Royale National Park Dangerous?

Shockingly, there is only one park ranger to oversee the safety of nearly 2,000 daily visitors. And people will be people and do stupid things, and, oops again, you shouldn't have done that.

Isle Royale is a remote island cluster and the survey found that it has a probability of 1 in 163,000 of people dying there. That's certainly comforting.

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These are the top 10 Deadliest National Parks:

  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  • Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska
  • Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
  • North Cascades National Park, Washington
  • Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
  • Big Bend National Park, Texas
  • Denali National Park, Alaska
  • Kings National Park, California
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
  • Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

What is the Safest National Park to Visit?

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The safest national park in the country is Gateway Arch National Park in Missouri.

 

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