Soaring mountains, towering rain forests, glacier-carved lakes, lush river valleys, and rugged beaches. Where else other than Olympic National Park can claim these diverse and breath-taking characteristics?
In 1909, President Theodore Roosevelt issued a proclamation creating Mount Olympus National Monument to protect the summer range and breeding grounds of Olympic Elk. In fact, when re-designating it as a National Park in 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt nearly named it “Elk National Park” due to it being home to the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt Elk in the world.
The largest herd of Elk in the world; how big is Olympic National Park?
This incredible park encompasses nearly one million acres of land, with 95 percent specifically designated as wilderness. Olympic National Park also protects 73 miles of wild Pacific coastline (added to the park in 1956) and is also home to the third largest glacial system in the contiguous U.S. The park boasts the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the history of the National Park Service (next to the Everglades) which encompasses the tallest dam removal project ever in US history with the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. In 1976, the Olympic National Park became an International Biosphere Reserve, and in 1981 it was designated a World Heritage Site.
In other words, it is really really big! And, really really cool!