Fossil Coast believes geotourism inspires conscientious people to explore & discover the geoparks of the natural world in a sustainable way.

This is our Fossil Coast helpful geotourism guide to the 177 UNESCO Global Geoparks and 218 natural World Heritage Sites in over 50 countries across the globe whose landscapes have international geological heritage, and natural and scientific significance. Including the 266 parks with fossil resources in the USA and 94 parks with 4,700 known caves, and another 59 parks with known karst systems.

"When the community understands the beneficial role of geotourism, it becomes an incentive for wise destination stewardship...Enthusiastic visitors bring new knowledge home, telling stories that send friends and relatives off to experience the same thing—a continuing business for the destination".

Source: National Geographic

Albania

Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe

Argentina

Los Glaciares National Park

Iguazu National Park

Península Valdés

Ischigualasto / Talampaya Natural Parks

Los Alerces National Park

Austria

Ore of the Alps

Styrian Eisenwurzen

Karawanken / Karavanke

Australia

Flinders Range

Great Barrier Reef

Lord Howe Island Group

Gondwana Rainforests of Australia

Wet Tropics of Queensland

Shark Bay, Western Australia

K’gari (Fraser Island)

Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh / Naracoorte)

Heard and McDonald Islands

Macquarie Island

Greater Blue Mountains Area

Purnululu National Park

Ningaloo Coast

 

Bangladesh

The Sundarbans

Belarus

Białowieża Forest

Belgium

Famenne-Ardenne

 

Belize

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System

Benin

W-Arly-Pendjari Complex

Bolivia

Noel Kempff Mercado National Park

 

Botswana

Okavango Delta

Brazil

Araripe 

Seridó UNESCO Global Geopark

Southern Canyons Pathways UNESCO Global Geopark

Iguaçu National Park

Atlantic Forest South-East Reserves

Discovery Coast Atlantic Forest Reserves

Central Amazon Conservation Complex 2

Pantanal Conservation Area

Brazilian Atlantic Islands: Fernando de Noronha and Atol das Rocas Reserves

Cerrado Protected Areas: Chapada dos Veadeiros and Emas National Parks

Bulgaria

Pirin National Park

Srebarna Nature Reserve

 

Cameroon

Dja Faunal Reserve

Sangha Trinational

Canada

Percé

Stonehammer

Tumbler Ridge

Cliffs of Fundy

Discovery

Nahanni National Park

Dinosaur Provincial Park

Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek

Wood Buffalo National Park

Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

Gros Morne National Park

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park

Miguasha National Park

Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Mistaken Point

The Central African Republic

Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park

Chad

Lakes of Ounianga

Chile

Kütralkura

China

Alxa Desert

Arxan

Dali-Cangshan

Danxiashan

Dunhuang

Fangshan

Funiushan

Guangwushan-Nuoshuihe 

Hexigten

Hong Kong

Huanggang Dabieshan

Huangshan

Jingpohu

Jiuhuashan

Keketuohai

Leiqiong

Leye Fengshan

Longhushan

Lushan

Mount Kunlun

Ningde

Qinling Zhongnanshan

Sanqingshan

Shennongjia

Shilin

Songshan

Taining

Taishan

Tianzhushan

Wangwushan-Daimeishan

Wudalianchi

Xiangxi

Xingwen

Yandangshan

Yanqing

Yimengshan

Yuntaishan

Zhangjiajie

Zhangye

Zhijindong Cave

Zigong

Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area

Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas

Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries - Wolong, Mt Siguniang, and Jiajin Mountains

South China Karst

Mount Sanqingshan National Park

China Danxia

Chengjiang Fossil Site

Xinjiang Tianshan

Hubei Shennongjia

Qinghai Hoh Xil

Fanjingshan

 

Colombia

Los Katíos National Park

Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary

 

Costa Rica

Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park

Cocos Island National Park

Area de Conservación Guanacaste

 

Côte d'Ivoire

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve *

Taï National Park

Comoé National Park

Croatia

Papuk

Vis Archipelago

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Cuba

Desembarco del Granma National Park

Alejandro de Humboldt National Park

Cyprus

Troodos

Czech Republic

Bohemian Paradise

The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Virunga National Park

Kahuzi-Biega National Park

Garamba National Park

Salonga National Park

Okapi Wildlife Reserve

Denmark

Odsherred

Vestjylland

Ilulissat Icefjord

Stevns Klint

 

Dominica

Morne Trois Pitons National Park

Ecuador

Imbabura

Galápagos Islands

Sangay National Park

Egypt

Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley)

Ethiopia

Simien National Park

Finland

Rokua

Lauhanvuori-Haemeenkangas

Saimaa

Salpausselkä UNESCO Global Geopark

High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago

 

France

Beaujolais

Causses du Quercy

Chablais

Haute-Provence

Luberon

Massif des Bauges

Monts d'Ardèche

Gulf of Porto

Lagoons of New Caledonia

The pitons, cirques and ramparts of Reunion Island

Chaîne des Puys

French Austral Lands and Seas

Gabon

Ivindo National Park

Georgia

Colchic Rainforests and Wetlands

Germany

Bergstraße-Odenwald

Harz, Braunschweiger Land

Swabian Alb

TERRA.vita 

Vulkaneifel

Thuringia Inselsberg -Drei Gleichen

Muskauer Faltenbogen / Łuk Mużakowa

Messel Pit Fossil Site

 

Guinea

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

Greece

Chelmos Vouraikos

Lesvos Island

Psiloritis

Sitia

Vikos - Aoos

Grevena - Kozani

Kefalonia-Ithaca UNESCO Global Geopark

Honduras

Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve

Hungary

Bakony-Balaton

Novohrad-Nógrád

Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst

Iceland

Katla

Reykjanes

Surtsey

Vatnajökull National Park

India

Kaziranga National Park

Keoladeo National Park

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

Sundarbans National Park

Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks

Western Ghats

Great Himalayan National Park Conservation Area

Indonesia

Batur

Ciletuh - Palabuhanratu

Gunung Sewu

Rinjani-Lombok

Belitong

Toba Caldera

Komodo National Park

Ujung Kulon National Park

Lorentz National Park

Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra

Iran 

Qeshm Island

Lut Desert

Hyrcanian Forests

Ireland

Burren & Cliffs of Moher

Copper Coast

Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark

Italy

Adamello-Brenta

Alpi Apuane

Beigua

Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni

Madonie

Pollino

Sesia Val Grande

Rocca di Cerere

Tuscan Mining Park

Aspromonte

Maiella

Isole Eolie (Aeolian Islands)

Monte San Giorgio

Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the 

The Dolomites

Mount Etna

Japan

Aso

Itoigawa

Izu Peninsula

Mt. Apoi

Muroto

Oki Islands

San'in Kaigan

Toya - Usu

Unzen Volcanic Area

Shirakami-Sanchi

Yakushima

Shiretoko

Ogasawara Islands

Kazakhstan

Saryarka – Steppe and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan

Western Tien-Shan

Kenya

Lake Turkana National Parks

Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest

Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley

Kiribati

Phoenix Islands Protected Area

Luxembourg

Mëllerdall UNESCO Global Geopark

Madagascar

Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve

Rainforests of the Atsinanana

Malawi

Lake Malawi National Park

Malaysia

Langkawi

Gunung Mulu National Park

Kinabalu Park

Mauritania

Banc d'Arguin National Park

Mexico

Comarca Minera, Hidalgo

Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca

Sian Ka'an

Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino

Gulf of California

Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve

Archipiélago de Revillagigedo

Mongolia

Uvs Nuur Basin

Landscapes of Dauria

Montenegro

Durmitor National Park

Morocco

M'Goun

Namibia

Namib Sand Sea

Nepal

Sagarmatha National Park

Chitwan National Park

Netherlands

De Hondsrug

New Zealand

Whitestone Geopark

Te Wahipounamu

Niger

Air and Ténéré Natural Reserves

W-Arly-Pendjari Complex

Norway

Gea Norvegica

Magma

Trollfjell

West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord

 

Nicaragua

Rio Coco

Panama

Darien National Park

Talamanca Range-La Amistad Reserves / La Amistad National Park

Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection

Peru

Colca y Volcanes de Andagua

Huascarán National Park

Manú National Park

Philippines

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary

Poland

Muskauer Faltenbogen / Łuk Mużakowa 

Holy Cross Mountains

Białowieża Forest

 

Portugal

Açores

Arouca

Estrela

Naturtejo da Meseta Meridional

Terras de Cavaleiros

Laurisilva of Madeira

Republic of Korea

Cheongsong

Jeju Island

Hantangang

Mudeungsan

Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes

Getbol, Korean Tidal Flats

 

Romania

Haţeg

Buzău Land UNESCO Global Geopark

Danube Delta

Russian Federation

Yangan-Tau

Virgin Komi Forests

Lake Baikal

Volcanoes of Kamchatka

Golden Mountains of Altai

Western Caucasus

Central Sikhote-Alin

Uvs Nuur Basin

Natural System of Wrangel Island Reserve

Putorana Plateau

Lena Pillars Nature Park

Landscapes of Dauria

Saint Lucia

Pitons Management Area

Senegal

Niokolo-Koba National Park

Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

Serbia

Djerdap

Seychelles

Aldabra Atoll

Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve

 

Slovakia

Novohrad-Nógrád

Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst

Slovenia

Idrija

Karawanken / Karavanke

Škocjan Caves

Solomon Islands

East Rennell

South Africa

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

Vredefort Dome

Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains

Spain

Basque Coast

Cabo de Gata-Níjar

Central Catalonia

Origens

Courel Mountains

El Hierro

Granada

Lanzarote and Chinijo Islands

Las Loras

Maestrazgo

Molina & Alto Tajo

Sierra Norte de Sevilla

Sierras Subbéticas

Sobrarbe-Pirineos

Villuercas Ibores Jara

Garajonay National Park

Doñana National Park

Teide National Park

Sri Lanka

Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Central Highlands of Sri Lanka

Sudan

Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay – Mukkawar Island Marine National Park

Suriname

Central Suriname Nature Reserve

Sweden

Platåbergens UNESCO Global Geopark

Switzerland

Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch

Tanzania

Ngorongoro Lengai

Tajikistan

Tajik National Park (Mountains of the Pamirs)

 

Thailand

Satun

Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuaries

Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex

Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex

Tunisia

Ichkeul National Park

Turkey

Kula-Salihli 

Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

United Kingdom

Black Country

English Riviera

Fforest Fawr

GeoMôn

North Pennines AONB

North-West Highlands

Shetland

Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark

Giant's Causeway and Causeway Coast

Dorset and East Devon Coast - Jurassic Coast

United Republic of Tanzania

Serengeti National Park

Selous Game Reserve

Kilimanjaro National Park

United States of America

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Badlands National Park

Big Bend National Park

Channel Islands National Park

Death Valley National Park

Denali National Park & Preserve

Dinosaur National Monument

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Fossil Butte National Monument

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Grand Canyon National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Petrified Forest National Park

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Waco Mammoth National Monument

Yellowstone National Park

Everglades National Park

Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek

Redwood National and State Parks

Mammoth Cave National Park

Olympic National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Yosemite National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park

Uzbekistan

Western Tien-Shan

Uruguay

Grutas del Palacio

Venezuela

Canaima National Park

Vietnam

Dak Nong 

Dong Van Karst Plateau

Non nuoc Cao Bang

Ha Long Bay

Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

Yemen

Socotra Archipelago

Zimbabwe

Mana Pools National Park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas

Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls