11/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Band-e-Amir Pictures: Photos Of Afghanistan's First National Park

Afghanistan designated it's first national park this year, Band-e-Amir. The 228-square-mile park is a group of six lakes situated high in the Hindu Kush Mountains.

By designating the land a national park, Afghanistan is now able to apply for international recognition of the park as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The U.S. Government spent $1 million to establish the park

Band-e-Amir: Afghanistan's First National Park

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