Bicycling

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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Bicycling

Interested in exploring the parks as part of a group, but also have time to yourself? Want to cover a lot of ground, see the sights, and put as little strain on the environment as possible? Experience unity and solitude as you bike the carriage roads at Acadia, beach paths in the Everglades, or up and down the hills in the Rocky Mountains. Click here for resources to get you on the road to biking in National Parks.

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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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Ocmulgee National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Jim David
Ocmulgee National Monument is located along the Ocmulgee River in central Georgia at the "Fall Line," a unique strip of land stretching from South Caroline across Georgia into Alabama. Centuries ago, ocean waves pounded the southeastern shoreline of the North American continent. The park's 702 acres encompass upland fields and forests, with riverine woods and wetlands along Walnut Creek and the river.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round (9am-5pm)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (9am-5pm)
Park Acreage: 
701
Visitor Count: 
140239
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Boardwalk; Earthlodge; River Trail; Lamar Mounds and Village
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Macon, GA
Gateway Communities: 
Macon, GA; Dry Branch, GA; Lizella, GA; Bolingbroke, GA; Gray, GA; Byron, GA; Gordon, GA; Warner Robins, GA; Smarr, GA; Forsythe, GA; Juliette, GA; Brooks, GA; Bonaire, GA; Jeffersonville, GA
Nearby Airports: 
Middle Georgia Regional Airport (MCN); Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL); Southwest Georgia Regional Airport (ABY); Augusta Regional Airport at Bush Field (AGS)

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John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Jim Hammet
A visit to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument reveals Oregon's exciting past. Take a journey into ancient Oregon by touring the museum at Sheep Rock, hiking a trail at the Painted Hills, or picnicking at Clarno. John Day Fossil Beds National Monument protects one of the longest and most continuous records of evolutionary change and biotic relationships in North America. Here, scientists have unearthed countless fossils of land plants and animals dating back 6 to 54 million years as well as evidence of the dramatic climatic changes that have occurred.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round (sunrise to sunset)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (sunrise to sunset)
Park Acreage: 
14000
Visitor Count: 
119656
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Painted Hills; Cant Ranch; Sheep Rock; Blue Basin; Cathedral Rock;
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Kimberly, OR
Gateway Communities: 
Dayville, OR; Kimberly, OR; Antelope, OR; Spray, OR; Fossil, OR
Nearby Airports: 
Portland International Airport (PDX); Southwest Oregon Regional Airport (OTH); Burns Municipal Airport (BNO); Grant County Regional Airport / Ogilvie Field (JDA)

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Grand Portage National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Timothy Cochrane
Welcome to Grand Portage National Monument! The cultural and natural history offer an abundance of seasonal experiences at Grand Portage.
Park Open Info: 
Historic Depot opens May 24; Heritage Visitors Center open Year-round (hours vary seasonally); Mount Rose Trail open Dawn-Dusk; Grand Portage Footpath open Dawn-Dusk
Park Closed Info: 
Historic Depot closes October 14; Heritage Visitors Center open Year-round (hours vary seasonally); Mount Rose Trail open Dawn-Dusk; Grand Portage Footpath open Dawn-Dusk
Park Acreage: 
710
Highest Point: 
Rose Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
906 feet
Visitor Count: 
53443
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
The Historic Gardens; Great Hall; Kitchen; Canoe Warehouse; Ojibwe Village; Voyageur's Encampment; Mount Rose; Lake Superior; Grand Portage Footpath
Entrance Fees: 
Adults: $3; Child (15 and under): Free; Family Rate: $6; Holders of Annual Senior Access Pass: Free
Nearest Major City: 
Duluth, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Grand Portage, MN; Hovland, MN; Grand Marais, MN
Nearby Airports: 
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP); Duluth International Airport (DLH); LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT)

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Fossil Butte National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Dave McGinnis

Some of the world's best preserved fossils are found scattered among the flat-topped ridges of southwestern Wyoming's cold sagebrush desert of Fossil Butte National Monument. Fossilized fish, insects, plants, reptiles, birds, and mammals are exceptional for their abundance, variety, and detail of preservation. Visit Fossil Butte and learn of the ancient life that once thrived in this sub-tropical landscape.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
8198
Highest Point: 
Bull Pen
Highest Point Elevation: 
8084 feet
Visitor Count: 
16631
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Bull Pen; Green River; Wasatch Formations; Green River Formations; Fossil Butte; Cundick Ridge; Ruby Point; Millet Canyon; Murder Hill Canyon; Middle Canyon; Moosebones Canyon; Chicken Creek; Fossil Lake
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Kemmerer, WY
Gateway Communities: 
Kemmerer, WY; Diamondville, WY; Frontier, WY
Nearby Airports: 
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

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Fort Pulaski National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Charles Fenwick
Fort Polaski National Monument is abounding in history. In April 1862, the Battle for Fort Pulaski marked a turning point in military history. It featured the first significant use of rifled cannons in combat. These accurate, long-range weapons shattered Fort Pulaski's walls from over a mile away. The fort finally surrendered after thirty-hours of bombardment. This defeat surprised military strategists worldwide and signaled the end of masonry fortifications.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
5623.1
Visitor Count: 
333378
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Tybee Island; Fort Screven; The Tybee Island Lighthouse; Cockpur Island Lighthouse; Cockspur Island; Savannah River; Battery Hambright; John Wesley Memorial; McQueens Island
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $3;Fort Pulaski
Nearest Major City: 
Savannah, GA
Gateway Communities: 
Tybee Island, GA; Savannah, GA; Pooler, GA
Nearby Airports: 
Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)

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