List of protected areas of Puerto Rico

Entrance sign to El Yunque National Forest.

The protected areas of Puerto Rico include an array of natural areas in the archipelago of Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States, managed by a number of agencies and entities belonging to both federal and commonwealth government bodies. Although Puerto Rico has no natural units in the National Park System, the biodiversity of the island is recognized and protected through a national forest, a national wildlife refuge, a national wilderness, and numerous state parks (called national parks in Puerto Rico[1]), nature reserves, state forests, wildlife preserves and other designations on state, municipal and public-private administration levels.[2][3][4]

Federal level[edit]

El Yunque National Forest

National Estuarine Research Reserves[edit]

National Forests[edit]

Puerto Mosquito Bioluminescent Bay, Vieques

National Natural Landmarks[edit]

National Wild and Scenic Rivers[edit]

National Wilderness Preservation System[edit]

National Wildlife Refuge[edit]

Commonwealth level[edit]

Puerto Rico Northern Karst, Arecibo

Conservation Easement Sites (Servidumbres de conservación)[edit]

Conservation Zones[edit]

Marine Reserves[edit]

Nature Reserves (Reservas Naturales)[edit]

Mona Island ground iguana

Protected Natural Areas (Áreas naturales protegidas)[edit]

La Robleda, Cayey

Research Reserves (Áreas de investigación)[edit]

State Forests (Bosques Estatales)[edit]

Guánica State Forest

State Parks (Parques Nacionales de Puerto Rico) and other protected areas[edit]

Las Casas de la Selva, Patillas

Wildlife Refuges (Refugios de Vida Silvestre)[edit]

Municipal level[edit]


  1. ^ "Directorio de agencias - Compañía de Parques Nacionales de Puerto Rico (CPNPR)". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2023-03-04. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  2. ^ USDA, Forest Service. "Protected Natural Areas of Puerto Rico" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2021-08-13. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  3. ^ "Natural Protected Areas of Puerto Rico (December 2016 Inventory) | The Caribbean LCC CPA". Archived from the original on 2021-11-29. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  4. ^ "Nuestras Áreas Naturales Protegidas". DRNA (in Spanish). 2019-04-24. Archived from the original on 2021-11-29. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  5. ^ AN ACT To designate Punta Cucharas natural area of the Municipality of Ponce as a Natural Reserve Area of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, to be administered pursuant to the provisions of Act No. 150 of 4 August 1988, as amended, known as the "Puerto Rico Natural Patrimony Program Act." Legislature of Puerto Rico. Legislative Year 2008, Law No. 227. House Bill #3797. 9 August 2008. Accessed 8 June 2016. Archive.
  6. ^ a b c Municipio Autónomo de Caguas (12 June 2015). "Revisión Integral del Plan Territorial del Municipio Autónomo de Caguas" (PDF) (in Spanish). p. 42. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 February 2022. Retrieved 7 February 2022.

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