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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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Olympic National Park

Superintendent Name: 
William Laitner

Olympic National Park adds sparkling lakes and temperate rain forest to the natural landscape of Washington state, making it one of the great outdoor destinations in America all year-round.

Park Acreage: 
922651
Highest Point: 
Mount Olympus
Highest Point Elevation: 
7969 feet
Visitor Count: 
2749197
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Hurricane Ridge; Elwha; Lake Crescent; Sol Duc; Ozette; Rialto Beach; Hoh Rain Forest; Kalaloch Beach; Queet Valley; Quinault Valley; Staircase
Endangered Species: 
Northern Spottted Owl; Marbled Murrelet; Grizzly Bear
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $15; Olympic National Park Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Port Angeles, WA
Gateway Communities: 
Port Angeles, WA; Carlsborg, WA; Sequim, WA; Joyce, WA; Forks, WA; Beaver, WA; Chimacum, WA
Nearby Airports: 
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA); William R. Fairchild International Airport (CLM)

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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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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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Isle Royale National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Phyllis Green
Accessible only by boat or seaplane, visitors come to experience this island park through hiking its trails, paddling its inland waterways, exploring its rugged coast, or venturing into the depth of its shipwrecks. Isle Royale's physical isolation and primitive wilderness challenged human use for centuries; ironically today it has become the Island's main attraction.
Park Open Info: 
16-Apr
Park Closed Info: 
1-Nov
Park Acreage: 
571790
Highest Point: 
Mount Desor
Highest Point Elevation: 
1394 feet
Visitor Count: 
17070
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Lake Superior; Scoville Point; Rock Harbor; Windigo
Endangered Species: 
Gray Wolf
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass: $4 per day; Individual Season Pass: $50; Season Boat Rider Pass: $150
Nearest Major City: 
Duluth, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Copper Harbor, MI; Grand Portage, MN; Houghton, MI; Hancock, MI; Dodgeville, MI; Atlantic Mine, MI; Dollar Bay, MI; South Range, MI; Painesdale, MI; Mason, MI; Chassell, MI; Hubbell, MI; Calumet, MI; Toivola, MI; Lake Linden, MI; Allouez, MI; Wolverine, MI; Kearsarge, MI; Hovland, MN; Ahmeek, MI;
Nearby Airports: 
Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX)

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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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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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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 Canyon National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Stephen Martin
At 277 river-miles long, an average of ten miles wide and nearly one mile deep, the Grand Canyon is widely proclaimed as one of the wonders of the natural world. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate this immense canyon that will surely overwhelm your senses.
Park Acreage: 
1.2174e+06
Highest Point: 
Lookout Tower Ridge
Highest Point Elevation: 
9180 feet
Visitor Count: 
4279439
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Grand Canyon of the Colorado River; Bright Angel Lodge; Canyon View Plaza; Desert View Watchtower; El Tovar Hotel; Hermit's Rest; Kolb Studio; Mather Point; Yavapai Observation Station
Endangered Species: 
Humpback Chub; Razorback Sucker; Kanab Ambersnail; California Brown Pelican; Yuma Clapper Rail; Southwestern Willow Flycatcher
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25
Nearest Major City: 
Flagstaff, AZ; Fredonia, AZ
Gateway Communities: 
Grand Canyon, AZ; North Rim, AZ
Nearby Airports: 
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS); Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX); Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG)

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