Among the 390 parks run by the National Park Service are several renowned for fall wildlife viewing opportunities. Here are seven national parks besides Grand Teton and Yellowstone that offer excellent chances of wildlife viewing this fall, according to the National Park Service, and some of the animals you may be able to see there:
Badlands National Park (South Dakota): bison, bighorn sheep, elk. Info: 605-433-5361, www.nps.gov/badl.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Tennessee and North Carolina): black bear, deer, elk. Info: 865-436- 1200, www.nps.gov/grsm.
Olympic National Park (Washington): black bear, elk. Info: 360-565-3130, www.nps.gov/olym.
Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado): elk, mule deer, moose, bighorn sheep, black bears, coyotes, cougars. Info: 970-586-1206, www.nps.gov/romo.
Shenandoah National Park (Blue Ridge Mountains near Luray, Va.): black bear, white-tailed deer. Info: 540-999-3500, www.nps.gov/shen.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota): bison, elk, wild horses. Info: 701-623-4466, www.nps.gov/thro.
Yosemite National Park (California’s Sierra Nevadas): mule deer, black bear. Info: 209-372-0200. www.nps.gov/yose.
If you’re partial to a particular animal, you might want to consult the National Parks Conservation Association Web site, www.npca.org/wildlife_protection/wildlife_facts. Click on any animal in the left-hand column, and you’ll be taken to a page that lists the national parks in which that animal can be found.
You can also look up any individual park on the National Park Service Web site (www.nps.gov/parks.html) to see what wildlife it is known for.