20 Hilarious One-Star Reviews of National Parks

Unique, majestic, and always captivating. America’s national parks are full of awe-inspiring landscapes, once-in-a-lifetime sights, and up-close looks at wild animals. It’s nature at its most beautiful. Vacation at these parks, and you’ll walk away with unforgettable, closely-cherished memories. Yet not everyone leaves happy. Some visitors experience the sights and sounds of the U.S. national parks and walk away leaving one-star reviews. What happened? Where did their trip go wrong?

We scoured the internet and found 20 one-star reviews of national parks that give us a clue as to what these unhappy visitors were thinking. They’re surprising, silly, and downright hilarious. Whatever experience you walk away with, you can now mark those memories on one of our National Parks Scratch-Off Posters! Use it to keep track of every national park you visit so you never forget where you’ve been, and can easily plan where you’d like to go next.

Check out these 20 Hilarious One-Star Reviews of National Parks and see if you agree. We doubt it.

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Some people take things too literally. And FYI, Yogi Bear is from Jellystone.


Joshua Tree National Park, California

It’s beautiful, fragrant, and a California staple. Except of course for all those trees.


Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Every year, millions of people flock to the Grand Canyon. But not everyone is impressed.


Denali National Park, Alaska

The tallest mountain in America just isn’t exciting enough for everyone.


Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

It’s been made famous in books, songs, and movies. But some people can take it or leave it.


Everglades National Park, Florida

If you don’t like water, why would you visit one of the largest wetlands in the U.S.?


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Just in case there’s any confusion, erupting volcanoes are dangerous. You don’t want to be anywhere near them.


Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana

The Indiana Dunes National Park is known for, guess what, sand dunes. But there’s another side to it some people just can’t handle.


Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

Apparently, it’s not the treacherous water surrounding this park you want to be wary of.


Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri

Who ever said sardines didn’t have their place in a national park?


Glacier National Park, Montana

Wild animals might look cuddly, but be warned. They’re cold-blooded killers.


Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Carlsbad is a natural wonder amazing to be hold. At least for some people.

Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina and Tennessee

When you’ve gotta go, you’ve gotta go…


Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio

Who would have thought a park would have bugs?


Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Not everyone appreciates good fog.


Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Badlands National Park gets its name for a reason.


Big Bend National Park, Texas

We’ve seen enough dinosaur movies to know lizards don’t play nice.


Arches National Park, Utah

The arches are magnificent, but unless they look like the license plate, who cares?


Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

According to some, the first thing you need in the park...is Wi-Fi, not their natural beauty.


Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Everyone knows deer are the most dangerous animal in the wild.


So did you laugh yourself silly reading these reviews? If you’re like us, you know national parks are some of the most majestic places you can visit, despite what these one-star reviewers would have you believe. Don’t listen to them, see these parks in person and make up your own mind. Chances are when you arrive you’ll forget any minor inconveniences you had finding parking or a good sandwich shop, and be swept away by the natural beauty of the place.

And as always, make sure to mark your travels on your Newverest scratch map. It’s a great reminder of all the beauty you’ve seen, and all the beauty you have yet to see. How many national parks can you visit in one year? Drop us a line and let us know which was your favorite! Maybe we can get some five-star reviews that will give these one-stars a run for their money. 

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