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North Cascades National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Chip Jenkins
It is difficult to describe the majesty of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Words like magnificent, vast and rugged only hint at the awesome nature of this portion of the expansive Cascade Range. Nestled in the northwest corner of Washington State, North Cascades National Park offers a pristine wilderness spotted with archeological sites and ancient fossil remains.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round; North Cascades Scenic Highway opens mid-April
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round; North Cascades Scenic Highway closes mid-November
Park Acreage: 
684302
Highest Point: 
Goode Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
9220 feet
Visitor Count: 
400000
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Lake Chelan; Cascade Mountains; Marblemount Curation Facility; Gorge Diablo; Ross Lake; Stephen Mather Wilderness; Stehekin; North Cascades Institute; North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
Endangered Species: 
American Peregrine Falcon (threatened); Common Loon; Golden Eagle; Gray Wolf; Grizzly Bear; Harlequin Duck; Marbled Murrelet; North American Lynx; Northern Goshawk; Nothern Spotted Owl; Pacific Fisher; Pacific Western "Townsend's" Big-Eared Bat; Pileated Woodpecker; Vaux's Swifts; Western Gray Squirrel; Bald Eagle (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Seattle, WA
Gateway Communities: 
Sedro-Woolley, WA; Winthrop, WA; Chelan, WA
Nearby Airports: 
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA); Yakima Air Terminal (YKM); Portland International Airport (PDX)

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Mount Rainier National Park

Superintendent Name: 
David Uberuaga
Towering over Puget Sound, Mount Rainier is the most beloved landmark in the state of Washington. This active volcano has the largest alpine glacial system in the contiguous United States bringing climbers from around the world to test their strength year after year. The park's rich conifer forests, waterfalls, spectacular subalpine wildflower meadows and abundant wildlife offer unlimited pleasure to outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.
Park Acreage: 
235625
Highest Point: 
Mt. Rainier
Highest Point Elevation: 
14410 feet
Visitor Count: 
1113601
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Longmire; Paradise Valley; Narada Falls; Nisqually Glacier; Nisqually Icefall; Ohanapecosh River; Sunrise; Mount Rainier; Mount Baker; Mount Adams; Emmons Glacier; Carbon River; Temperate Rain Forest; Carbon Glacier; Mowich Lake
Endangered Species: 
Spotted Owl; Gray Wolf; Grizzly Bear; Bull Trout (threatened); Chinook Salmon (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $15; Commercial Tour Fees: $25-$200 (varies depending on seating capacity); Mount Rainier Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Tacoma, WA
Gateway Communities: 
Packwood, WA; Randle, WA; Goose Prairie, WA; Longmire, WA; Glenoma, WA; Enumclaw, WA; Buckley, WA; Morton, WA; Black Diamond, WA
Nearby Airports: 
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA); Yakima Air Terminal (YKM); Portland International Airport (PDX)

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Lassen Volcanic National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Darlene Koontz
To visit Lassen Volcanic National Park is to witness a brief moment in the ancient battle between the earth shaping forces of creation and destruction in Northern California. Nestled within Lassen's peaceful forests and untouched wilderness, hissing fumaroles and boiling mud pots still shape and change the land, evidence of Lassen's long fiery and active past.
Park Acreage: 
106372
Highest Point: 
Lassen Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
10457 feet
Visitor Count: 
388741
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Drakesbad Guest Ranch; Sierra Nevada Mountains; Great Basin Desert; Main Park Road; Loomis Museum; Manzanita
Endangered Species: 
Bald Eagle (threatened); Peregrine Falcon (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Annual Lassen Volcanic National Park Pass: $25; Commercial Tours (valid for 7 days): $25-$150 (varies depending on seating capacity)
Nearest Major City: 
Redding, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Mineral, CA; Old Station, CA; Shingletown, CA; Manton, CA; Paynes Creek, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Sacramento International Airport (SMF); Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO); Redding Municipal Airport (RDD); Red Bluff Municipal Airport (RBL)

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Joshua Tree National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Curtis L Sauer
The twisted, bristled trees and intriguing rocky landscape give the impression that Joshua Tree National Park was ripped from the pages of a Dr. Seuss book. The park encompasses some of the most interesting geologic features found in California's desert areas while the presence of water, the rarest of desert commodities, allows life to flourish.
Park Acreage: 
789745
Highest Point: 
Quail Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
5820 feet
Visitor Count: 
1256421
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Colorado Desert; Mojave Desert; Bernadino Mountains; Sonoran Desert; Black Rock Canyon; Skull Rock; Indian Cove; Cottonwood Spring; Covington Flats
Endangered Species: 
Coachella Valley Milk Vetch; Desert Tortoise (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $15; Joshua Tree National Park Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Twenty-nine Palms, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Joshua Tree, CA; Twentynine Palms, CA; Yucca Valley, CA; Pioneertown, CA; Morongo Valley, CA; Desert Center, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Los Angeles National Airport (LAX)

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Cindy Orlando
Seventy million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution have created not only unique ecosystems, but also a distinct human culture in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park . The park highlights two of the world's most active volcanoes. It also offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.
Park Acreage: 
333086
Highest Point: 
Mauna Loa
Highest Point Elevation: 
13679 feet
Visitor Count: 
1612246
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mauna Loa Volcano; Pu`uloa Petroglyphs; Kilauea Volcano
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Hawai`i Tri-park Annual Pass: $25
Nearest Major City: 
Hilo, HI
Gateway Communities: 
Volcano, HI; Mountain View, HI; Kurtistown, HI; Keaau, HI; Hilo, HI
Nearby Airports: 
Hilo International Airport (ITO); Kona International Airport at Keahol (KOA)

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Hot Springs National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Josie Fernandez

Situated in the oak-pine forest Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas's Hot Springs National Park is a four season destination. Whether a romantic weekend getaway or a family trip, this national park offers a combination of relaxation and exploration in a historic and natural setting. Coined "the American Spa", the therapeutic waters of this national park have lured tourists for over 200 years.

Park Acreage: 
5550
Highest Point: 
Music Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
1410 feet
Visitor Count: 
1273456
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Bathhouse Row; Grand Promenade; Fordyce Bathhouse; Gulpha Creek; North Mountain Drive; West Mountain Drive
Endangered Species: 
None
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Hot Springs, AR
Gateway Communities: 
Royal, AR; Mountain, AR; Lonsdale, AR; Pearcy, AR; Hot Springs Village, AR; Bismarck, AR; Bonnerdale, AR; Malvern, AR; Jessieville, AR
Nearby Airports: 
Hot Springs Memorial Field (HOT); Little Rock National Airport (LIT)

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Dale Ditmanson

Welcome to Great Smoky Mountains, comprised of ridge upon ridge of forest straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The park is world renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture. With over 800 miles of trails, America's most visited national park is a hiker's paradise.

Park Acreage: 
521495
Highest Point: 
Clingman's Dome
Highest Point Elevation: 
6643 feet
Visitor Count: 
9289215
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mingus Mill; Mountain Farm Museum; Caldwell House; Gregg-Cable House; Hannah Cabin; Little Cataloochee Church; Noah "Bud" Ogle Cabin; Palmer Chapel; Grotto Falls; Laurel Falls; Abrams Falls; Rainbow Falls; Fontana Dam; Clingmans Dome
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Cherokee, NC; Knoxville, TN
Gateway Communities: 
Cherokee, NC; Whittier, NC; Bryson City, NC; Gatlinburg, TN; Dillsboro, NC
Nearby Airports: 
McGhee-Tyson Airport (TYS); Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)

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Great Basin National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Cindy Nielsen

In the shadow of Great Basin National Park's 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Great Basin offers the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Full of wonders, Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery.

Park Acreage: 
77180
Highest Point: 
Wheeler Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
13063 feet
Visitor Count: 
78524
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Lehman Caves; Lexington Arch; Wheeler Peak; Johnson Lake Mine; Lehman Orchard; Lehman Aqueduct; Rhodes Cabin
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Ely, NV
Gateway Communities: 
Baker, NV; Garrison, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC); Mc Carran International Airport (LAS)

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Grand Teton National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Mary Gibson-Scott
Welcome to Grand Teton National Park, where the majestic Teton Range rises impressively along the western edge of the scenic valley known as Jackson Hole. Here you will experience the captivating natural beauty that has drawn appreciative visitors to the area for generations. Whether you've come to relax and take in the view or to actively explore Grand Teton's many offerings, you will be rewarded with opportunities to get closer to the region's unique natural and human history.
Park Acreage: 
309995
Highest Point: 
Grand Teton
Highest Point Elevation: 
13770 feet
Visitor Count: 
2406476
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Jackson Hole; Snake River; Chapel of Transfiguration; Menors Ferry
Endangered Species: 
Gray Wolf; Grizzly Bear; Lynx; Whooping Crane
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12;Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25; Motorcycle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Winter Day Use Pass: $5
Nearest Major City: 
Jackson, WY
Gateway Communities: 
Moran, WY; Moose, WY; Jackson, WY; Kelly, WY; Teton Village, WY
Nearby Airports: 
Jackson Hole Airport (JAC); Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

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Death Valley National Park

Superintendent Name: 
J T Reynolds
Death Valley is world renowned for its colorful and complex geology. Its extremes of elevation support a great diversity of life, and provide a natural geologic museum that represents a substantial portion of the earth's history. This region is also the ancestral homeland of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe. The Timbisha took advantage of the natural order of this region, establishing a pattern of life in concert with nature.
Park Acreage: 
3.3724e+06
Highest Point: 
Telescope Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
11048 feet
Visitor Count: 
744440
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Scotty's Castle; Rhyolite Ghost Town; Ballarat; Chloride City; Greenwater; Harrisburg; Leadfield; Panamint City; Skidoo
Endangered Species: 
Devils Hole Pupfish; Eureka Dunes Evening-Primrose; Western Snowy Plover; California Least Turn; Southwestern Willow Flycatcher; San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $10
Nearest Major City: 
Pahrump, NV
Gateway Communities: 
Death Valley, CA; Darwin, CA; Amargosa Valley, NV; Beatty, NV; Keeler, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS); Furnace Creek (LO6)

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