Featured Last Great Places

The Last Great Places YouTube channel shows first-hand, describes and presents rankings for key landscapes for conserving America’s natural diversity. See top-rated Last Great Places in these short but informative videos, including national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, important bird areas and other natural places across the lower 48 states. Working to produce 100 Last Great Places videos in 2022-23. Initial videos feature:

Everglades National Park – #1 in Tropical Florida

Juniper Prairie Wilderness – #1 in Florida Peninsula

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge – #1 in South Atlantic Coastal Plain

Apalachicola River & Forests – #1 in East Gulf Coastal Plain

Congaree National Park – #1 in South Atlantic Coastal Plain

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge – #2 in South Atlantic Coastal Plain

Croatan National Forest – #3 in South Atlantic Coastal Plain

Great Smoky Mountains National Park – # in Southern Blue Ridge

Top 50 Last Great Places

America’s 50 highest-ranked Last Great Places, including the Top 25 Places plus top-ranked sites in other ecoregions. Click on a blue Place name link in the list below for detailed information where available. Explore, sort and filter all 3000 Places by size, type, ecoregion and scoring details using the interactive spreadsheet in Rankings.

Place Ecoregion TypeScore
John Muir WildernessSierra NevadaPA83
Big Bend National ParkChihuahuan DesertPA83
Marble Canyon/ Vermilion CliffsColorado PlateauIBA 82
Gila WildernessAZ-NM Mountains PA82
Mazatzal WildernessApache HighlandsPA81
Weminuche WildernessSouthern RockiesPA81
Bob Marshall WildernessCanadian RockiesPA79
Frank Church-River Of No Return Wilderness Middle Rockies-Blue MtnsPA78
Ventana WildernessCA Central CoastPA78
Four Peaks WildernessSonoran DesertPA78
Inyo Mountains / Cerro GordoGreat BasinTNC77
Death Valley National ParkMojave DesertPA76
ChelanE. Cascades-ModocTNC75
Pasayten WildernessOkanaganPA75
Canyonlands National ParkColorado PlateauPA82
Southern Blue RidgeSo. Blue RidgeIBA74
Chiricahua Mountians IBAApache HighlandsIBA80
Mt. BaxterSierra NevadaTNC80
Bridger WildernessUtah-WY MtnsPA74
Northern Black RangeAZ-NM MountainsTNC79
Three Sisters WildernessWest CascadesPA73
Crown of the Continent Linkage Canadian RockiesTNC78
Santa Lucia MountainsCA Central CoastTNC77
Jarbidge WildernessColumbia PlateauPA72
North Cascades National ParkNorth CascadesPA72
Isle Royale National ParkGreat LakesIBA72
Great Basin National ParkGreat BasinPA75
Trinity Alps WildernessKlamath MtnsPA71
Sespe WildernessCA South CoastPA71
Boundary Waters Canoe Area WildernessSuperior Mixed ForestPA71
Olympic National ParkPacific NW CoastPA71
Bryce Canyon National ParkUtah High PlateausPA70
Flaming GorgeWyoming BasinsTNC69
Pharaoh Lake WildernessNo. Appalachian PA69
Knoxville Wildlife AreaGreat Central ValleyPA68
Lower Purgatoire Conservation AreaCentral Shortgrass PrairieTNC68
Okefenokee National Wildlife RefugeSo. Atlantic CoastPA68
Deadman CanyonCA North CoastTNC67
Apalachicola River and ForestsE. Gulf Coastal PlainIBA66
Lewis & Clark National Forest #1Fescue-Mixed Grass PrairieTNC66
Neola Wildlife Management AreaCentral AppalachiansPA64
Caney Creek WildernessOuachita MountainsPA63
Sipsey WildernessCumberlands / Southern Ridge & ValleyPA63
High Granite RegionBlack HillsTNC63
Mingo Basin 01Miss. River Alluvial PlainIBA62
Charles M. Russell National Wildlife RefugeNo. Great Plains SteppeIBA62
Lower OuachitaUpper W. Gulf Coastal PlainTNC61
Roseau River State Wildlife Management AreaNo. Tallgrass PrairiePA61
Everglades National ParkTropical FloridaAll60
Juniper Prairie WildernessFlorida PeninsulaPA62