Cross-country Skiing

Curecanti National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
Connie Rudd
Curecanti National Recreation Area encompasses three reservoirs, which form the heart of the park. Colorado's largest body of water, Blue Mesa Reservoir, is the largest Kokanee Salmon fishery in the U.S. Morrow Point Reservoir is the beginning of the Black Canyon, and below, East Portal is the site of the Gunnison Diversion Tunnel, a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. Panoramic mesas, fjord-like reservoirs, and deep, steep and narrow canyons abound.
Park Acreage: 
41972
Highest Point: 
Blue Mesa Lake
Highest Point Elevation: 
7519 feet
Visitor Count: 
936380
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Denver Railroad; Rio Grande Western Railroad; Blue Mesa; Morrow Point Reservoir; Crystal Reservoir
Endangered Species: 
Great Blue Heron; Gunnison Sage Grouse
Entrance Fees: 
Free; East Portal Entrance Fee: $15 per vehicle
Nearest Major City: 
Montrose, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Cimarron, CO; Gunnison, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ)

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Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
John F. (Rick) Shireman

There is a reason Chickasaw National Recreation Area is known as the “Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters.” This beautiful park is full of mineral springs, cool water, flora, fauna, and wildlife. Visitors are taken back in time to the days when the early American Indian came to this area to rest, relax at the water’s edge and hunt for their food from the abundant wildlife.

Park Acreage: 
9884
Visitor Count: 
1343793
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Veterans Lake; Lake of the Arbuckles
Endangered Species: 
Bald Eagle; Whooping Crane; Interior Least Tern
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Sulphur, OK
Gateway Communities: 
Sulphur, OK
Nearby Airports: 
Will Rogers International Airport (OKC)

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Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

Superintendent Name: 
Tom Bradley
Popular destinations for canoeing, boating, fishing, camping and hunting, the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers offer 252 miles of clean water gliding past a lush green landscape, historic towns and spectacular scenery. Nestled between Minnesota and Wisconsin in a picturesque valley, the St. Croix River flows between bluffs of limestone and sandstone, beginning as a narrow gorge with steep vertical walls, then slowing and widening into the scenic Lake St. Croix. Choose to canoe and camp amid the north woods, or boat and fish surrounded by wooded bluffs and historic towns.
Park Acreage: 
67469
Visitor Count: 
521695
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Gibson Cabin; Soo Line High Bridge; Earl Bridge
Endangered Species: 
Higgins Eye Mussel; Wingged Mapleleaf Mussel; Blandings Turtle; Snapping Turtle; Wood Turtle; Five-lined Skink; Eastern Hognose Snake; Blue Racer; Bull Snake; Milk Snake; Timber Rattlesnake
Entrance Fees: 
No Entrance Fee
Nearest Major City: 
Minneapolis, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Saint Croix Falls, WI; Taylors Falls, MN; Dresser, WI; Shafer, MN; Centuria, WI; Osceola, WI; Cushing, WI; Almelund, MN; Lindstrom, MN; Center City, MN; Chisago City, MN; Balsam Lake, WI; Milltown, WI; Scandia, MN; North Branch, MN; Amery, WI; Luck, WI; Stacy, MN; Marine on Saint Croix, MN; Star Prairie, WI; Minneapolis, MN; St. Paul, MN
Nearby Airports: 
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

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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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Cross-country Skiing

On cross-country skis, even three feet of snow can't stop visitors from enjoying the national parks! Pick your favorite trail and let your poles be your guide. Naturalists and hunters alike have been using cross-country skis as a way of moving from one terrain to the next long before national parks were ... national parks! Whether on an overnight expedition or a leisurely wander through a forest trail, this sport is great exercise and a beautiful way to see the hidden beauties of the park.

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Keith Payne
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument lies beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado. The monument boasts one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. A very different, prehistoric Colorado is revealed by the petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants in the monument.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
5998.09
Visitor Count: 
56094
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Walk Through Time Trail; Big Stump; Scudder Pit; Petrified Forest Loop
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $3; Annual Park Pass: $15
Nearest Major City: 
Florissant, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Florissant, CO; Lake George, CO; Divide, CO; Woodland Park, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS)

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Bandelier National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Darlene Koontz

About 600 years ago, the ancestors of modern Pueblo people built thriving communities in the area called Bandelier. Bandelier National Monument encompasses several thousand Ancestral Pueblo dwellings, found scattered among the pink mesas and sheer-walled canyons of the park.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
33676.7
Highest Point: 
Cerro Grande
Highest Point Elevation: 
10200 feet
Visitor Count: 
243765
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Long House; Jemez Mountains; Cerro Grande; Frijoles Creek; Rio Grande; Pajarito Plateau;
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $12; Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $6; Bandelier National Monument Annual Pass: $30; Tour Groups/Commercial Vehicles (1
Nearest Major City: 
Santa Fe, NM
Gateway Communities: 
Los Alamos, NM; White Rock, NM; Santa Fe, NM; Santa Clara, NM; Espanola, NM; Santa Cruz, NM
Nearby Airports: 
Los Alamos Airport (LAM); Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF)

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Things To Do

Although Acadia is dazzling in summer, the park’s beauty flourishes throughout the year. By land and by sea there is no such thing as an off-season at Acadia. SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL Amphitheater Programs In the evening, Acadia’s two campgrounds present free programs in their centrally located amphitheaters. Programs span a range ...

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Yosemite National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Michael Tollefson
Yosemite National Park, one of the first national parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls and impressive granite walls. Within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can also find deep valleys, sprawling meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada John Muir describes as "the heart of the world".
Park Acreage: 
747956
Highest Point: 
Mount Lyell
Highest Point Elevation: 
13114 feet
Visitor Count: 
3242644
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Yosemite Valley; Bridalveil Fall; Yosemite Falls; El Capitan; Half Dome; Happy Isles; Mirror Lake; Mirror Meadow; Valley View Turnout; Tunnel View; Wawona; Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias; Glacier Point; Badger Pass Ski Area; Hetch Hetchy; Tioga Road; High Country; Olmsted Point; Tenaya Lake; Tuolomne Meadows
Endangered Species: 
Red-legged Frogs (threatened); Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs (threatened); Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep (threatened); Limestone Salamander (threatened); Giant Garter Snake (threatened); Great Gray Owl; Willow Flycatcher; Sierra Nevada Red Fox (threatened); California Wolverine (threatened); Thompson's Sedge; Yosemite Onion; Congdon's Lewisia; Congdon's Woolly Sunflower; Peregrine Falcon; Southern Bald Eagle; Yosemite Woolly Sunflower (threatened); Congdon's Lewisia (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass: $10 (on foot, horseback, motorcycle); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Commercial Tour Fees: $25-300 (varies depending on seating capacity); Yosemite Annual Pass: $40
Nearest Major City: 
Mariposa, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Fish Camp, CA; El Portal, CA; Mather, CA; Lee Vining; Oakhurst, CA; Bass Lake, CA; Wishon, CA; Ahwahnee, CA; Midpines, CA; Coarsegold, CA; Groveland, CA; Big Oak Flat, CA; Mariposa, CA; Auberry, CA; Soulsbyville, CA; Twain Harte, CA; Hayward, CA; Strawberry, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT); Merced Airport (MCE); Modesto City-County Airport (MOD); San Francisco International Airport (SFO); Oakland International Airport (OAK); San Jose International Airport (SJC); Sacramento International Airport (SMF); Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

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Zion National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Jock Whitworth
Zion National Park offers some of America's most beautiful and adventure inspiring landscapes. Day and overnight visitors to the Utah playground are greeted with endless desert trails, precipitous canyon walls, magnificent wildflowers, and breathtakingly open skies. A dream destination for summer or winter outdoor enthusiasts, this southwestern park will please both those who want to sightsee and soak up the fascinating Native American history, and those who want to run, bike, hike, and swim their way into the "red earth" sunset.
Park Acreage: 
146598
Highest Point: 
Horse Ranch Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
8726 feet
Visitor Count: 
2567350
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
The Watchman; West Temple; Great White Throne; Angels Landing; Weeping Rock; Observation Point; Riverside Walk; Virgin River; Kolob Canyon; Double Arch Alcove; Kolob Arch; Checkerboard Mesa
Endangered Species: 
Mexican Spotted Owl; Shivwits Milkvetch; Southwest Willow Flycatcher; Desert Tortoise; Zion Snail; Virgin Spinedace; Peregrine Falcon (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12 per person (pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle) not to exceed $25 per family; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25; Commercial Tour Fees: $35-$190 (varies depending on seating capacity)
Nearest Major City: 
Springdale, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Springdale, UT; Rockville, UT; Kanarraville, UT; New Harmony, UT; Virgin, UT; Mount Carmel, UT; Orderville, UT; Toquerville, UT; Leeds, UT; La Verkin, UT; Cedar City, UT; Glendale, UT; Hurricane, UT; Kanab, UT; Saint George, UT
Nearby Airports: 
McCarran International Airport (LAS); St. George Municipal Airport (SGU)

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