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National Parks Notecard Collection


Original pen and ink illustrations of Xplorer Maps current National Park Maps.  Set of 12.

Product Description

This set of 12 hand-illustrated notecards includes 6 different National Park Maps, 2 of each. Notecards are 5″x7″ and include a white envelope. The National Parks notecard collection features:

  • Banff National Park Map
  • Glacier National Park Map
  • Grand Canyon National Park Map
  • Olympic National Park Map
  • Yellowstone National Park Map
  • Yosemite National Park Map

Text on the back of the notecards is as follows:

“Banff National Park”
In the fall of 1883, three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers stumbled across a cave containing hot springs on the eastern slopes of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.  From that humble beginning was born Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and the world’s third. Spanning 6,641 square kilometers (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers, Banff National Park is one of the world’s premier destinations.

“Glacier National Park”
On May 11th, 1910, President Taft signed legislation designating Glacier our nation’s 10th National Park. Known to Native Americans as “Shining Mountains” or “Backbone of the World”, Glacier encompasses 1.1 million acres of spectacular scenery, 750 miles of hiking trails, nearly 70 species of mammals, 270 species of birds and the renowned glacier carved landscapes that date back millions of years.

“Grand Canyon National Park”
Although attracting visitors since the 1890’s, the main part of the Grand Canyon was not officially designated a National Park until 1919 and it wasn’t until 1975 that the entire length of the Inner Canyon was included. It also received designation as a World Heritage Site in 1979. Although not the deepest or the longest, the Grand Canyon is arguably the most spectacular and certainly the most famous. Varying from 600 feet to 18 miles wide, with gorges as deep as 6,000 feet and approximately 277 miles long, the park encompasses over 1.2 million acres and attracts more than 4 million visitors annually.

“Olympic National Park”
Officially designated a National Park in 1938 by FDR, Olympic National Park comprises almost 1 million acres of which more than 95% was designated by Congress in 1988 as protected wilderness. The lush and ancient rainforests, stunning alpine environment and spectacular coastal shoreline combine to attract nearly 3 million visitors annually. Olympic has also been designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve and World Heritage Site for its relatively unspoiled wilderness and outstanding scenery.

“Yellowstone National Park”
Yellowstone was established in 1872 as America’s first national park—an idea that spread worldwide. Old Faithful and the majority of the world’s geysers are preserved here and they are primarily responsible for the park’s initial designation that encompasses approximately 3,500 square miles and attracts more than 3 million visitors annually. A mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, it is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.

“Yosemite National Park”
Although not officially America’s first national park, Yosemite is widely considered to be the birthplace of the national park idea and the pioneering of wilderness conservation in general. Yosemite National Park was established in 1890 and today the park encompasses almost 1,200 square miles in the Sierra Nevada mountains, ranging in elevation from approximately 2,000 to 13,000 feet. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its distinctive landscape features, diverse ecosystems and exceptional natural beauty, Yosemite attracts almost 4 million visitors annually.

All images are from original watercolors, pen and ink illustrations or oil paintings from artist and Xplorer Maps co-founder, Chris Robitaille. See more of Chris’ work at WWW.ROBITAILLEPAINTINGS.COM.


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