National park quarters Collection The National Park Quarter Designs

[photo: The Washington quarter obverse was modified in 1999 as part of the Statehood quarters program.]

The quarter obverse was modified in 1999 as part of the Statehood quarters program.

Following the popular 1999-2008 Statehood Quarters program and one-year 2009 D.C. and U.S. Territories quarters program, the United States Mint began issuing commemorative quarters with special reverse designs celebrating national parks and other national sites. From 2010-2021, a park or site is being honored in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. Territories – Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and Northern Mariana Islands. Each national park or site was selected for its natural or historical significance.

Like the Statehood quarters program, the National Park quarters are being minted and issued at the rate of five new designs per year, in approximately ten-week intervals. The coins are being released in the order that the locations were first designated as national sites. Once the scheduled ten-week period of production is over for each issue, no more quarters of that design will be minted for circulation.

The obverse side of each quarter continues to feature a smaller restoration of the original Washington quarter portrait, modeled from designer John Flanagan's 1932 plaster. With their regularly-changing designs, these quarters continue to change the face of America's coinage!

Reverse Designs (to date)

[photo: 2010 National Park Quarter designs]

2010

Hot Springs National Park – Arkansas – depicts the facade of Hot Springs National Park headquarters in Arkansas, with a fountain in the foreground

Yellowstone National Park – Wyoming – features Old Faithful geyser with a bison in the foreground

Yosemite National Park – California – shows the vertical granite cliff known as El Capitan

Grand Canyon National Park – Arizona – depicts the Colorado River flowing past ancient Nankoweap Delta granaries

Mount Hood National Forest – Oregon – the scenic splendor of Mount Hood is shown, with beautiful Lost Lake in the foreground

[photo: 2011 National Park Quarter designs]

2011

Gettysburg National Military Park – Pennsylvania – shows the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument

Glacier National Park – Montana – a mountain goat, the park's symbol, is depicted with Mount Reynolds in the background

Olympic National Park – Washington – a Roosevelt elk is shown by the Hoh River with Mount Olympus in the background

Vicksburg National Military Park – Mississippi – depicts the Civil War ironclad U.S.S. Cairo (the fall of Vicksburg gave control of the river to the Union)

Chickasaw National Recreation Area – Oklahoma – features the Lincoln Bridge – the first and oldest constructed improvement to the recreation area

[photo: 2012 National Park Quarter designs]

2012

El Yunque National Forest – Puerto Rico – features a threatened Puerto Rican parrot and endangered Coqui tree frog indigenous to El Yunque National Forest

Chaco Culture National Historical Park – New Mexico – shows two kivas (round, subterranean chambers that are thought to have been used for religious ceremonies) of the Chetro Ketl pueblo

Acadia National Park – Maine – depicts the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse along some of the park's famed rocky coastline

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park – Hawaii – shows a close-up of the east rift of the Kilauea Volcano – one of the world's most active volcanoes

Denali National Park – Alaska – features the park's dramatic landscape, with Mount McKinley in the background and a Dall sheep in the foreground

[photo: 2013 National Park Quarter designs]

2013

White Mountain National Forest – New Hampshire – depicts Mount Chocorua, one of New Hampshire's most hiked and most photographed mountains

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial – Ohio – the dramatic memorial column is shown in the background, with a statue of Commodore Perry in the foreground

Great Basin National Park – Nevada – shows the gnarled and ancient Bristlecone pine, and the rocky hillside it grows on inside the park

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine – Maryland – depicts Defenders Day fireworks at Fort McHenry – where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write what became our national anthem during the War of 1812

Mount Rushmore National Memorial – South Dakota – shows men completing work on the image of Thomas Jefferson during construction of the mountain sculpture

[photo: 2014 National Park Quarter designs]

2014

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Tennessee – features a log cabin nestled in the mountains, with a hawk flying overhead

Shenandoah National Park – Virginia – a hiker looks out from the top of Little Stony Man mountain

Arches National Park – Utah – shows the park's famed Delicate Arch, with the La Sal mountains in the distance

Great Sand Dunes National Park – Colorado – depicts the dramatic sand dunes, the tallest in North America, found inside the park's San Luis valley

Everglades National Park – Florida – an anhinga and a roseate spoonbill are shown in the park's marshy landscape