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Niobrara National Scenic River

Superintendent Name: 
Paul Hedren
The Niobrara National Scenic River is located in north-central Nebraska, United States, approximately 300 miles (480 km) northwest of Omaha. In 1991, Congress set aside 76 miles (120 km) along two stretches of the Niobrara River for preservation. The Niobrara River drains over 12,000 square miles of the Sandhills, one of the largest stabilized dune fields in the world. Take a leisurely float on this outstanding Great Plains river in north-central Nebraska.
Park Acreage: 
23074
Visitor Count: 
60397
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Fort Niobrara; Carns State Aid Bridge; Cornell Dam; Cherry County; Brown County;
Endangered Species: 
Bald Eagle; Whooping Crane; Piping Plover; Least Tern
Entrance Fees: 
No Entrance Fee
Nearest Major City: 
Valentine, NE
Gateway Communities: 
Valentine, NE; Crookston, NE
Nearby Airports: 
Pierre Airport (PIR)

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John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway

Superintendent Name: 
Mary Gibson Scott
The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway provides a natural link between Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks containing features characteristic of both areas. In the parkway, the Teton Range fades to a gentle slope at its northern edge, while rocks born of volcanic flows from Yellowstone line the Snake River. The late conservationist and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. made significant contributions to several national parks including Grand Teton, Acadia, Great Smoky Mountains, and Virgin Islands. In 1972 Congress dedicated a 24,000 acre parcel of land as John D.
Park Open Info: 
Late May to September 23rd, call for hours
Park Closed Info: 
Closed in winter to automobiles
Park Acreage: 
23777
Visitor Count: 
1137117
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Jackson Hole; The Colter Stone; Grand Teton National Park; Menors Ferry Historic District
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for both Grand Teton and Yellowstone): $25.00 (valid for 7 days); Individual (hikers, bicyclists): $12.00; Motorcycle: $20.00; Winter Day Use (mid-December through April 30): $5 (Grand Teton only)
Nearest Major City: 
Jackson, WY
Gateway Communities: 
Jackson, WY; Cody, WY; West Yellowstone, MT
Nearby Airports: 
Jackson Hole Airport (JAC); West Yellowstone Airport (WYS); Cody Airport

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Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial

Superintendent Name: 
Audrey Calhoun

Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial stands as a fitting memorial to the outdoorsman, naturalist, and visionary. One of our 26th president's greatest legacies was his dedication to conservation. Theodore Roosevelt Island is just one site of many along the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Park Acreage: 
885
Visitor Count: 
103324
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Mason House; Theodore Roosevelt Monument
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Washington, D.C.
Gateway Communities: 
Washington, D.C.; Arlington, VA; Alexandria, VA; Bethesda, MD; Silver Spring, MD
Nearby Airports: 
Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA)

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Baltimore-Washington Parkway (affiliated area)

Superintendent Name: 
Gayle Hazlewood
Opening for traffic in 1954, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway is a 29-mile road running between the eastern boundary of the District of Columbia and Baltimore, Maryland. It resulted from the collaborative efforts of federal and state governments. The cooperation linked the two metropolitan areas along the "fall line" where the Atlantic coatal plain meets the Piedmont region. Initially, the parkway crossed undeveloped land, though it has stimulated considerable suburban growth since its establishment.
Park Acreage: 
29
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Greenbelt Park; NASA Visitor Center; City of Greenbelt; Greenbelt Museum; The Greenbelt City Hall; National Wildlife Visitor Center
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C.
Gateway Communities: 
Baltimore, MD; Washington, D.C.;Washington, D.C.; Arlington, VA; Alexandria, VA; Bethesda, MD; Silver Spring, MD
Nearby Airports: 
Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI)

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George Washington Memorial Parkway

Superintendent Name: 
David Vela
The George Washington Memorial Parkway stands as a memorial to..you guessed it - George Washington!
Park Acreage: 
7247
Visitor Count: 
6872213
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Fort Hunt; Arlington House; The Robert E. Lee Memorial; Arlington Memorial Bridge & Memorial Avenue; Belle Haven Marina; Belle Haven Park; Clara Barton National Historic Site; Collingwood Park; Columbia Island Marina; Claude Moore Colonial Farm; Daingerfield Island; Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve; Fort Hunt Park; Fort Marcy; Glen Echo Park; Gravelly Point; Great Falls Park; Lady Bird Johnson Park; Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial; Grove-on-the-Potomac; Mount Vernon Trail; Netherlands Carillon; Potomac Heritage Trail; Riverside Park; Roaches Run Wildlife Sanctuary; Theodore Roosevelt Island; Turkey Run Park; U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial; Washington Sailing Marina; Women in Military Service For America Memorial
Entrance Fees: 
Free; Permits are required for certain activities within the park. $50.00 fee for permit applications.
Nearest Major City: 
McLean, VA
Gateway Communities: 
McLean, VA
Nearby Airports: 
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD); Reagan International Airport (DCA)

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Superintendent Name: 
Phil Francis
Overlooks, trails, picnic areas and a multitude of developed areas await the visitor who has time to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway. Acting as an introduction to the natural and cultural history of our region, a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is meant to be slow-paced, relaxing and educational. The Parkway meanders 469 miles between Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, creating multiple opportunities to explore the communities along the way!
Park Acreage: 
93871
Visitor Count: 
17352286
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Peaks of Otter Visitor Center Museum; Peaks of Otter; Johnson Farm; The Trail Cabin; Caudill Cabin; Sheets Cabin; The Jesse Brown Farmstead; Cool Springs Baptist Church; Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area; The James River Visitor Center; Moses Cone Estate and Parkway Craft Center;
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Asheville, NC
Gateway Communities: 
Fancy Gap, VA; Cana, VA; Hillsville, VA ; Lambsburg, VA; Mount Airy, NC; Dugspur, VA; Galax, VA; Laurel Fork, VA; Austinville, VA
Nearby Airports: 
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)

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Auto Touring

Auto touring is a great way to journey through the parks in the comfort of luxury seating and air conditioning! Capture panoramic views and experience scenic roads as you auto tour through hundreds of miles of park territory in mere hours. Most parks offer media to serve as your personal tour guides along the roads, with numbered posts or landmarks and information on park history, wildlife, and plants. If you want to see as much of the park as possible in a short period of time, then auto touring is for you! Park your car here for more information on auto touring.

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White Sands National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Cliff Spencer
White Sands National Monument features great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand. The glistening 275 square miles of desert boasts the world's largest gypsum dune field. White Sands National Monument preserves a major portion of this unique dune field.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round (hours vary seasonally)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (hours vary seasonally)
Park Acreage: 
143733
Highest Point Elevation: 
4116 feet
Visitor Count: 
440927
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Tularosa Basin; Dunes Drive; Interdune Boardwalk
Entrance Fees: 
Adult (16 & older): $3 (valid for 7 days); Child (under 16): Free; White Sands National Monument Annual Passport: $20; Lake Lucero Tour Adult (16 & older): $3; Lake Lucero Tour Child (under 16): $1.50; Lake Lucero Tour Senior: $1.50; Moonlight Bicycle Tour Adult: $5; Moonlight Bicycle Tour Child (under 16): $2.50
Nearest Major City: 
Alamogordo, NM
Gateway Communities: 
Holloman Air Force Base, NM; Alamogordo, NM; La Luz, NM; Tularose, NM
Nearby Airports: 
El Paso International Airport (ELP)

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Scotts Bluff National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Ken Maberry
Scotts Bluff National Monument protects 3,000 acres of unusual land formations rising over the flat prairielands below. Looming eight hundred feet above the North Platte River, Scotts Bluff has provided a natural landmark for many peoples. It most famously served as the path marker for those on the Oregon, California, Mormon, and Pony Express Trails.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
3003
Highest Point: 
Scotts Bluff
Highest Point Elevation: 
800 feet
Visitor Count: 
98352
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Scotts Bluff; South Bluff; Oregon Trail Pathway; Summit Road; North Platte River; Saddle Rock; Dome Rock; Sentinel Rock
Entrance Fees: 
Individual (valid for 7 days): $3 (hikers, bicyclists, motorcycles); Vehicle (valid for 7 days): $5; Commercial Van: $40 per day; Annual Park Pass: $15
Nearest Major City: 
Scottsbluff, NE
Gateway Communities: 
Gering, NE; Scottsbluff, NE; Melbeta, NE; Mitchell, NE; Minatare, NE; McGrew, NE; Morrill, NE; Lyman, NE; Harrisburg, NE; Bayard, NE
Nearby Airports: 
Western Nebraska Regional Airport (BFF)

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Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Lee Baiza
Recognizing Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument's significance, the United Nations designated it as an International Biosphere Reserve. The monument showcases the life and landscape of the Sonoran Desert. Depending on when you visit and how adventurous you feel, activities range from the leisurly to the vigorous.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
330688
Visitor Count: 
313103
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Ajo Mountain Area; Alamo Canyon Trail; Puerto Blanco Drive; Visitor Center Nature Trail; Palo Verde Trail; Desert View Trail; Victoria Mine Trail
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $8
Nearest Major City: 
Ajo, AZ
Gateway Communities: 
Lukeville, AZ; Ajo, AZ; San Simon, AZ
Nearby Airports: 
Pheonix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX); Tuscon International Airport (TUS)

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