Monday, December 16, 2019
Tune into the national parks

The National Park Foundation and the National Park Service invite you to tune into PARKTRACKS, an innovative audio experience to help counter the hustle & bustle of city life, and tap into the trends of tranquility and mindfulness. PARKTRACKS will virtually transport you to national parks across the country with sounds captured by the National Park Service’s Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division.

Hit play below and tune in to the relaxing sounds of America’s national parks.

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Part of the reason I watch Sunday Morning is to hear the sounds of nature @ the end. What a peaceful ending to a hectic week.
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 10:21

I too watched Connor Knighton’s piece. I was playing the parktrack (12 minutes) to see if my partner noticed. Wasn’t until the elk calls that they peaked their head around the corner trying to figure out where all the sounds were coming from. It was a great morning giggle to watch that reaction. Thanks National Parks. The tour and education sharing with Rangers is wonderful!
Monday, April 13, 2020 - 10:12

Found this while stuck inside social distancing and I've been listening on repeat while I work. Any chance you have more audio for us to enjoy while we can't travel to the parks?
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 12:18

Yes!! You'll love all the options here: https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/photosmultimedia/sounds-ambient-soundscapes.htm#weather
Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 09:26

Sequoia & Kings Canyon NPs: https://www.nps.gov/seki/learn/exploring-soundscapes.htm
Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 17:18

This is so wonderful. Wouldn't it be neat if there were a list of what animals/species were making the sounds?!
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 01:36

Hello, just wondering in which park this clip was captured?
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 11:48

Hello Matt! The audio is a compilation of over 150 sounds from parks all over the country.
Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 12:11

Thank you....and thank you to ll bean for including the link in their email. For 12 wonderful minutes I closed my eyes and my husband and I were hiking in one our wonderful National Parks. Music for the soul. We'll get through this together.
Friday, April 10, 2020 - 13:45

Is there a way to download these, in order to easily play when needed?
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 10:45

Yes! Just click the 3 dots next to the audio and a download option will appear.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 18:12

Thank you for this gift--a wonderful escape to the wilds of our national parks. Is there any way to download this track?
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 12:05

Thank you for the link to all the soundscapes for RMNP! I created a list for my husband and I as we shelter in place and as he battles cancer during this health crisis as well. I am curious if there are other National Parks with compilations like this on their site? I don't see it listed for BIBE and GCNP (the other two NPs we have had the opportunity to visit). Thank you SO much for providing this.
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 12:30

In early March, in Olympic National Park, in a heavy snow fall, hiking with snow shows through deep snow in the middle of the night with a friend, we had abandoned our attempt to climb Mt. Olympus to get help to another climber who had been swept away in an avalanche. (He turned out to be uninjured.) We stopped to rest and heard the most amazing sound. We stood still, turned off our head lamps and heard the sound of the snow landing on the surface and the sound of our own hearts beating. It was the most intense silence I’ve ever “heard.”
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 12:57

Could you please create a podcast or website dedicated solely to the sounds of every natural park during each season? A huge undertaking but would be a beautiful thing. If possible include descriptions of what can be heard (animals, insects, natural elements).🙏🏼
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 13:11

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks: https://www.nps.gov/seki/learn/exploring-soundscapes.htm
Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 17:20

Amazing! A serious accident has prevented me recently from visiting and enjoying nature’s best. My gratitude for bringing it to me! (Loud Sigh...) Music to my ears and peace for my soul.
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 14:14

My husband & I just ate our Easter dinner listening to several nature sound tracks. The relaxing and beautiful sounds transported us. I will be coming back to hear more ! Loved this, thank-you NPS.
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 16:08

Just found this site. I love it !! Going to sleep very soon tonight. I find this so relaxing. Are there more sites like this?
Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 20:04

I heard about this on CBS Sunday Morning also, and am sharing it with all my stuck at home friends now. Bringing nature into our homes is wonderful. Thank you.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 19:22

Beautiful, what an antidote to the jarring sounds of everyday city life. I can picture walking through Yosemite or Zion early in the morning. Thank you!
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 12:00

What a wonderful idea for so many reasons including the fun I had with family members!😃 Thank you!!
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 08:56

Hello, Is there a list of what is being played when? I am looking for the name of the Native American in the chant from 3:20 - 1:50 and where this chant was recorded. Thank you!
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - 15:11

Hello Paloma! The audio is a compilation of over 150 sounds from parks all over the country. You can find a variety of sound clips in the Sound Gallery of the National Park Service's Natural Sounds and Night Sky Division here: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/sound/gallery.htm Hope this helps!
Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 09:17

Wonderful sounds of nature -- soothing & inspiring. I can listen on my computer; is there a recording somewhere to purchase for friends who are not online but could use some chilling out time? Thanks!
Friday, December 4, 2020 - 11:12

Hi Ellen! Glad to hear you enjoyed PARKTRACKS. You can download the audio track (click the three dots near the volume button) and put the audio on a CD for those not online to enjoy. Hope that helps!
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 15:47

This recording has been such a gift. I've listened to it so often when I needed to recenter and calm myself because of anxiety due to the political state of our country and Covid 19.
Friday, May 21, 2021 - 18:09

The Parktrack is amazing! It's relaxing, comforting, and inviting!! I can't wait to get on the road and explore the parks and hear the sounds firsthand. Thank you so much for putting this together - I plan on sharing it on FB!
Saturday, July 10, 2021 - 10:35

This was wonderful. What a great idea! I really enjoyed hearing the sounds of nature for a little audio "get away" on a Monday! Thank you.
Monday, August 15, 2022 - 12:30

Happy National Relaxation Day! Thank you for those sounds of nature. They broke the deafening silence of my first foray into full time RVlife, which I’m currently spending at Mt. Greylock Campground Park.
Monday, August 15, 2022 - 16:13

This audio is so peaceful and beautiful. I would love for you to consider making this available on your national parks app that can be used for sleep and relaxation. I know people would be glad to pay a fee to download these wonderful sounds.
Monday, August 15, 2022 - 20:51

This soundscape is great. I wish there was one for each park or different seasons in the same park. However, I prefer the sound-only soundscapes to the ones with accompanying videos. Because the human visual attention span is so short there is a tendency to keep the scenes very short (a few seconds) before the next cut/clip. Human audio attention span is much longer. You can comfortably listen to an immersive soundscape for 10-15 minutes before your ear starts to get bored.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 - 09:09

I LOVE this! I often take recordings of the places I visit to “relive” the memory. Close your eyes and picture an alpine lake with fog rolling across it, early in the morning…perfect If I could also bottle the smell I would. I heard elk, wolves?, crow, chipmunk?, and things I didn’t recognize. Loved this, thank you for sharing. I’m guessing the sounds were a melange of animals mixed into the recording?
Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 08:06
ACE volunteer restoring trail at Wupatki Citadel Ruin
Photo credit: Dawn Kish
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