List of national parks and national forests in Argentina

The National Parks of Argentina make up a network of 30 national parks in Argentina. The parks cover a very varied set of terrains and biotopes, from Baritú National Park on the northern border with Bolivia to Tierra del Fuego National Park in the far south of the continent (see List of national parks of Argentina).

The creation of the National Parks dates back to the 1903 donation of 73 square kilometres of land in the Lake District in the Andes foothills by Francisco Moreno. This formed the nucleus of a larger protected area in Patagonia around San Carlos de Bariloche. In 1934, a law was passed creating the National Parks system, formalising the protected area as the Nahuel Huapi National Park and creating the Iguazú National Park. The National Park Police Force was born, enforcing the new laws preventing tree-felling and hunting. Their early task was largely to establish national sovereignty over these disputed areas and to protect borders. Five further national parks were declared in 1937 in Patagonia and the service planned new towns and facilities to promote tourism and education. Six more were declared by 1970.

List of national parks and national forests in Argentina:

1. List of national parks and national forests in North-East of Argentina

Chaco National Park: It was created in 1954 in order to protect a sample of the Eastern Chaco, composed mainly of warm lowlands, with an annual summer rainfall between 750 and 1,300 mm.

Iguazú National Park – home of the Iguazu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site: located in the Iguazú Department, in the north of the province of Misiones, Argentine Mesopotamia. It has an area of 550 km2 (212 sq mi).

Mburucuyá National Park: It is located in the north west of the Corrientes Province around 150 km from the city of Corrientes and covers an area of 176 square kilometres of the Iberá Wetlands.

Río Pilcomayo National Park: Established on September 29, 1951 to protect the natural features (grasslands, marshes, creeks, lakes and forests), typical of the Humid Chaco ecoregion, the park is included in the Ramsar Convention’s list of wetlands of international importance.

2. List of national parks and national forests in North-West of Argentina

Baritú National Park: The Baritú National Park is a national park of Argentina, located in the Santa Victoria Department, in the north of the province of Salta, in the Argentine Northwest.

Calilegua National Park: The Calilegua National Park is a national park of Argentina, located at the southeast of the province of Jujuy (Argentine Northwest), at the Ledesma Department, on the eastern slopes of the Calilegua hills.

Campo de los Alisos National Park: The Campo de los Alisos National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Campo de los Alisos) is a national park of Argentina, located in the Chicligasta Department, province of Tucumán.

Copo National Park: The Copo National Park is a national park of Argentina, located in the Copo Department, province of Santiago del Estero. It has an area of 1142.5 km².

El Rey National Park: The El Rey National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional El Rey) is a national park of Argentina, located in the Anta Department, province of Salta, in the Argentine Northwest, 80 km from the provincial capital.

Los Cardones National Park: The Los Cardones National Park is a national park of Argentina, located in the center-west of the province of Salta, within the San Carlos and Cachi Departments, in the Argentine Northwest.

3. List of national parks and national forests in Central of Argentina

Campos del Tuyu National Park: Campos del Tuyú National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Campos del Tuyú) is a national park in Argentina, in Buenos Aires Province.

El Palmar National Park: El Palmar National Park (in Spanish, Parque Nacional El Palmar) is one of Argentina’s national parks, located on the center-west of the province of Entre Ríos, mid-way between the cities of Colón (54 km) and Concordia (60 km).

Islas de Santa Fé National Park: Islas de Santa Fé National Park

Predelta National Park: The Predelta National Park is a national park of Argentina, located in south-west of the province of Entre Ríos, 6 km south from Diamante, in the Argentine Mesopotamia, at the beginning of the Paraná River Delta.

Quebrada del Condorito National Park: Quebrada del Condorito National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Quebrada del Condorito) is a national park in Argentina, in Córdoba Province.

4. List of national parks and national forests in Cuyo of Argentina

El Leoncito National Park: The El Leoncito National Park is a national park of Argentina, located at the Calingasta Department, in the southwest of the province of San Juan.

Los Venados National Park (projected, in San Luis)

San Guillermo National Park: San Guillermo National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional San Guillermo) is a national park in Argentina, in the Iglesia Department of San Juan Province.

Sierra de las Quijadas National Park: Sierra de las Quijadas National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Sierra de las Quijadas) is a national park in Argentina, in San Luis Province.

Talampaya National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000: Talampaya National Park is a national park located in the east/centre of La Rioja Province, Argentina.

5. List of national parks and national forests in Patagonia of Argentina

Lago Puelo National Park, Laguna Blanca National Park, Lanín National Park, Lihué Calel National Park, Los Alerces National Park, Los Arrayanes National Park, Los Glaciares National Park – also a UNESCO heritage site, Nahuel Huapi National Park, Francisco P. Moreno National Park, Monte León National Park, Tierra del Fuego National Park.