Exploring Olympic’s dynamic landscape is like visiting three parks in one.
The high mountains offer snow, glaciers and wilderness. The lush, verdant Hoh Rainforest is unlike anything else in the Lower 48. And the park’s coast offers some of the country's most spectacular beaches, dotted with tide pools and sea stacks.
With three distinct ecosystems, Olympic provides a diversity of habitats for a vast array of species.
From seals off the coast to beavers in the lowlands and bears in the mountain meadows, the park is home to hundreds of animal species. Nearly 1,500 species of vascular plants are found across the park.
What is the role of the Endangered Species Act?
National parks would not be complete without the animals and plants that call them home. The Endangered Species Act is the most important tool to make sure species vital to the parks are protected for the long term.