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Yellowstone National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Suzanne Lewis
Yellowstone is the world's first national park and one of the largest in the contiguous United States. Sprawling across volcanic plateaus in the northwest corner of Wyoming, Yellowstone contains more than 2 million acres of steaming geysers, crystalline lakes, thundering waterfalls and panoramic vistas.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round (some roads close during the winter season)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (some roads close during the winter season)
Park Acreage: 
2.22177e+06
Highest Point: 
Eagle Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
11367 feet
Visitor Count: 
2870295
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mammoth Hot Springs; Old Faithful; Norris and Firehole River Geyser Basins; Grand Prismatic Sping; Morning Glory Pool; Yellowstone Lake; West Thumb Geyser Basin; Tower Fall; Petrified Forest; Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone; Hayden Valley
Endangered Species: 
Grizzly Bear; Bald Eagle (threatened); Canada Lynx; Gray Wolf
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12; Motorcycle or Snowmobile Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25; Annual Park Pass: $50
Nearest Major City: 
West Yellowstone, MT; Jackson, WY
Gateway Communities: 
West Yellowstone, MT; Gardiner, MT; Silver Gate, MT; Cooke City, MT; Macks Inn, ID; Island Park, ID; Moran, WY; Emigrant, MT; Wapiti, WY; Pray, MT; Moose, WY; Squirrel, ID; Roscoe, MT; Big Sky, MT; Felt, ID; Tetonia, ID; Nye, MT
Nearby Airports: 
Billings Logan International Airport (BIL); Gallatin Field Airport (BZN); Yellowstone Regional Airport (COD); Jackson Hole Airport (JAC); Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA); Yellowstone Airport (WYS)

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Valerie Naylor
"I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota," state Theodore Roosevelt years after visiting the Badlands. He first stumbled upon the area in September 1883 on a hunting trip. While here he became interested in the cattle business and invested in the Maltese Cross Ranch. His legacy lives on within the borders of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Park Acreage: 
70447
Highest Point: 
Peck Hill
Highest Point Elevation: 
2870 feet
Visitor Count: 
435359
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Maltese Cross Cabin; Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch
Endangered Species: 
Bighorn Sheep; Black-footed Ferret
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5 (visitors on foot, bicycle, horse); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Theodore Roosevelt National Park Annual Park Pass: $20 per vehicle; Commercial Tour Fees: $25-$150 (varies depending on seating capacity)
Nearest Major City: 
Dickinson, ND
Gateway Communities: 
Medora, ND; Watford City, ND; Grassy Butte, ND; Sentinel Butte, ND; Belfield, ND; Beach, ND; South Heart, ND; Arnegard, ND; Wibaux, MT; Dickinson, ND
Nearby Airports: 
Bismarck Municiipal Airport (BIS); Dickinson Regional Airport (DIK); Williston Airport (ISN)

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Voyageurs National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Kate Miller
Voyageurs is a water-based park where you must take to the water to fully experience the lakes, islands and shorelines of the park. Nearly 200 years ago voyageurs paddled birch bark canoes full of animal pelts and trade goods through this area on their way to Lake Athabaska, Canada. Today, people explore the park by houseboat, motorboat, canoe and kayak.
Park Acreage: 
218200
Highest Point: 
Tower Hill
Highest Point Elevation: 
1405 feet
Visitor Count: 
231875
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Kettle Falls; Kettle Falls Hotel; Ellsworth Rock Gardens; Little American Island
Endangered Species: 
Gray Wolf; Bald Eagle (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
International Falls, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Ranier, MN; International Falls, MN; Littlefork, MN; Orr, MN; Loman, MN; Nett Lake, MN; Crane Lake, MN
Nearby Airports: 
International Falls (INL); Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport (MSP)

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Superintendent Name: 
Craig Axtell
Located in eastern California, about 5 hours drive from both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Sequoia National Park brings out the best in all those who seek both adventure and tranquility. Though full of mountains of all geological make-ups to climb and scamper in, the park's true greatness is in the forest. Home to some of the largest trees in the world, the Sequoia, this park you have to see to believe. "If trees could be kings," say many, "their royal realm would be in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks."
Park Acreage: 
406426
Highest Point: 
Mount Whitney
Highest Point Elevation: 
14495 feet
Visitor Count: 
954507
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Giant Forest; General Sherman Tree; Moro Rock; Tharp's Log; Crescent Meadow; Crystal Cave; Mount Whitney; Congress Trail; Big Trees Trail; Giant Forest Museum; Tunnel Log
Endangered Species: 
Bighorn Sheep; Bats
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $10 (on foot, bicycle, mororcycle, or bus); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Visalia, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Three Rivers, CA; Kaweah, CA; Exeter, CA; Ivanhoe, CA; Lindsay, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Fresno-Yosemite International Airport (FYI); Visalia Municipal Airport (VIS)

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Kings Canyon National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Richard Martin

Located in eastern California, about 5 hours drive from both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Kings Canyon National Park brings out the best in all those who seek both adventure and tranquility. Though the wild King's River graces its banks, the park's true greatness is in the forest. Home to some of the largest trees in the world, the Sequoia, you have to see to believe. "If trees could be kings," say many, "their royal realm would be in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks."

Park Acreage: 
458831
Highest Point: 
North Palisade
Highest Point Elevation: 
14242 feet
Visitor Count: 
552766
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Grant Grove; General Grant Tree; Gamlin Cabin; Fallen Monarch Tree; Cedar Grove; Junction View; North Dome; Roaring River Falls; Zumwalk Meadow; Mineral King; Hospital Rock; Big Stump Trail; Panoramic Point; Kings Canyon; Kings River; Boyden Cave
Endangered Species: 
Bighorn Sheep; Bats
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $10 (on foot, bicycle, mororcycle, or bus); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Fresno, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Three Rivers, CA; Kaweah, CA; Exeter, CA; Ivanhoe, CA; Lindsay, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Fresno-Yosemite International Airport (FYI); Visalia Municipal Airport (VIS)

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Vaughn Baker
This "park in the sky," which captures the full grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, is one of our country's most frequently visited national parks, attracting more than three million visitors each year. 76 of the great mountains in the park reach elevations of 12,000 feet or more. Forests of spruce and fir tower over wide valleys where aspen and willow line hundreds of streams and lakes. At the highest elevations, above the tree line, is the fascinating, arctic-like alpine tundra, fraught with blizzards in winter and filled with flowered meadows in summer.
Park Acreage: 
265828
Highest Point: 
Longs Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
14255 feet
Visitor Count: 
2743676
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Stanley Hotel; Grand Lake; Rocky Mountains; Trail Ridge Road; Old Fall River Road; Lawn Lake; Fall River Area
Endangered Species: 
Boreal Toad (threatened); Bald Eagle (threatened); Least Tern; Mexican Spotted Owl (threatened); Piping Plover (threatened); Whooping Crane; Yellow-billed Cuckoo (threatened); Bonytail; Colorado Pikeminnow; Greenback Cutthroat Trout (threatened); Humpback Chub; Pallid Sturgeon (threatened); Razorback Sucker; Canada Lynx (threatened); Preble's Meadow Jumping Mouse (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Commercial Tour Fees: $25-$200 (varies depending on seating capacity); Annual Park Pass: $35
Nearest Major City: 
Estes Park, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Estes Park, CO; Grand Lake, CO; Glen Haven, CO; Drake, CO; Allenspark, CO; Granby, CO; Lyons, CO; Hot Sulphur Springs, CO; Tabernash, CO; Hygiene, CO; Ward, CO; Masonville, CO; Parshall, CO; Loveland, CO; Fraser, CO; Winter Park, CO; Longmont, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Denver International Airport (DIA)

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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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Mesa Verde National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Larry Wiese
Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people. The Pueblo people made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.
Park Acreage: 
52122
Highest Point: 
Park Point Lookout
Highest Point Elevation: 
8571 feet
Visitor Count: 
557248
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Puebloan Cliff Dwellings; Spruce Tree House; Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum; Mesa Top Loop Road; Cliff Palace; Balcony House; Far View Sites Complex; Long House; Step House
Endangered Species: 
Fish Hook Cactus; Peregrine Falcon (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5-$8 (seasonal); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10-$15 (seasonal); Mesa Verde Annual Pass: $30; Commercial Tour Fees (valid for 7 days): $25 +$5-$8 per person (seasonal)
Nearest Major City: 
Cortez, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Mancos, CO; Cortez, CO; Dolores, CO; Lewis, CO; Hesperus, CO; Yellow Jacket, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ); Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Four Corners Regional Airport (FMN)

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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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