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"Subpar Parks" National Park Posters by artist Amber Share

Hilarious Posters Illustrate Terrible National Park Reviews

If the fact that some people leave terrible reviews of national parks surprises you, then we’re on the same page.

“No cell service.” “Somewhat bland.” Artist Amber Share took creativity to a whole new level when she decided to illustrate our national parks’ funniest one-star reviews. Yes, apparently many of our country’s most beautiful landscapes don’t deliver on the wow factor for some visitors.

“Subpar Parks is a snarky love letter to the National Parks System,” wrote Share. “When I discovered that there were one-star reviews for every one of the 62 national parks, I set out to illustrate each.”


Share has a background in lettering and illustration and was looking for a new way to illustrate all of our nation’s 62 national parks when she stumbled across some hilarious negative reviews.

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According to Share, it was a fun way to put a positive spin on such a negative mindset. We agree. At the simplest level, the reviews are hilarious. But putting them against the backdrop of the beautiful places the reviewers are criticizing? Genius.

You can find Share’s full portfolio of the funny park posters on her website. And you can preorder copies of the posters too.

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Each week, Share will post two new poster images to her Instagram page for all to enjoy.

You can follow Share on Instagram at @subparparks to see all 62 national park posters as they become available. Eighteen are available so far.

Mary Murphy

Mary is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and is based in GearJunkie's Denver, Colo. office. She has a degree in English and journalism, and has a background in both newspaper and magazine writing. Her outdoor interests span from running to sport climbing, from landscape photography to skiing to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.