Mountain Biking

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
Jim Milestone
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is located 8 miles west of Redding, at the juncture of the Klamath Mountain range and the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley. It is home to a special collection of animal and plant life. The parks attractive features include Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta Bally (6,209 ft.) and numerous waterfalls, providing outdoor enthusiasts opportunities for water recreation, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.
Park Acreage: 
42503
Highest Point: 
Shasta Bally
Highest Point Elevation: 
6209 feet
Visitor Count: 
749979
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Whiskeytown Lake; Shasta Bally; Crater Lake National Park; Lassen Volcanic National Park; Lava Beds National Monument; Oregon Caves National Monument; Redwood National and State Parks
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle: $5.00 per day, $10.00 per week; Annual: $25.00
Nearest Major City: 
Redding, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Sugarloaf, CA; Lakeside, CA; Lakehead, CA; Lakeshore, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Redding Municipal Airport (RDD)

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
Kitty Roberts
Encompassing over 1.2 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based & backcountry recreation. Stretching hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah, Glen Canyon NRA is bursting with scenic vistas, geologic wonders and a vast panorama of human history. Begin your journey at the visitorâ
Park Acreage: 
1.25443e+06
Highest Point: 
Kaitarowits Plateau
Highest Point Elevation: 
8000 feet
Visitor Count: 
1885378
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Glen Canyon Dam; Lake Powell; Kaiparowits Plateau; Navajo Mountain
Endangered Species: 
Bald Eagle; Golden Eagle; Colorado Squawfish, Humpback Chub; Bonytail Chub; Razorback Sucker
Entrance Fees: 
Individual: $7; Vehicle Pass: $15
Nearest Major City: 
Page, AZ; Las Vegas, NV
Gateway Communities: 
Page, AZ
Nearby Airports: 
Page Municipal Airport (PGA)

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
Brian O'Neil

It’s obvious why Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of the most visited units of the National Park System, with over 13 million visitors a year. The two hundred years of history boast Native American culture, the Spanish Empire frontier, the Mexican Republic, maritime history, the California Gold Rush, the evolution of American coastal fortifications and the growth of urban San Francisco. Explore the many areas of the park, stretching from northern San Mateo County to Southern Marin County and including several areas of San Francisco.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round: Wednesday-Sunday
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round: Wednesday-Sunday
Park Acreage: 
31067
Visitor Count: 
13486824
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
The Presidio of Francisco; Fort Point National Historic Site; San Francisco Port of Embarkation; Alcatraz Island; San Francisco Bay Discovery Site (Portola Site Acquisition Monument); Golden Gate Bridge; Bolinas Ridge; Fort Baker; Fort Cronkhite; Gerbode Valley; Kirby Cove; Marin Headlands; Muir Woods National Monument; Muir Beach; Muir Beach Overlook; Nike Missile Site; Olema Valley; Point Bonita Lighthouse; Stinson Beach; Tennessee Valley; Alcatraz Island; Baker Beach; Battery Chamberlin; China Beach; Cliff House & Sutro Baths; Crissy Airfield; Crissy Field Marsh & Beach; Crissy Field Center; Fort Funston; Fort Mason; Fort Point National Historic Site; Lands End; Ocean Beach
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
San Francisco, CA; Oakland, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Stinson Beach, CA; Mill Valley, CA; Corte Madera, CA; Greenbrae, CA; Sausalito, CA; San Francisco, CA
Nearby Airports: 
San Francisco International Airport (SFO); Oakland International Airport (OAK)

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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
Reed E. Detring
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is comprised of 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau and protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The park is home to miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, boasts not only diverse natural and historic features, but also a wide range of outdoor recreational activities.
Park Acreage: 
114492
Highest Point: 
Cumberland Plateau
Highest Point Elevation: 
1400 feet
Visitor Count: 
622807
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Cumberland River
Endangered Species: 
Cumberlandian Combshell Mussel; Cumberland Elktoe; Tan Riffle Shell; Little-wing Pearly Mussel; Cumberland Bean Pearly Mussel
Entrance Fees: 
Bandy Creek Campground: Sites with hook-ups (loop B,C,D) $22.00, Sites without hook-ups (loop A) $19.00, Group Campsites: (loop E) $75.00 minimum or $3.00/person; Blue Heron Campground: Sites with hook-ups $17.00; Alum Ford Campground: All sites $5.00
Nearest Major City: 
Knoxville, TN
Gateway Communities: 
Revelo, KY; Stearns, KY; Strunk, KY; Pine Knot, KY; Whitley City, KY
Nearby Airports: 
Scott Municipal Airport (SCX)

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Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
Reed E. Detring
The Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area was established by Congress in 1974 to protect a unique scenic and cultural area. Encompassing 125,000 acres of the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area protects the free-flowing Big South Fork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The recreation area is highlighted by miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, has diverse natural and historic features and offers visitors of all ages with a myriad of outdoor recreational activities.
Park Closed Info: 
Christmas Day
Park Acreage: 
114492
Highest Point: 
Cumberland Plateau
Highest Point Elevation: 
1400 feet
Visitor Count: 
622807
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Cumberland River
Endangered Species: 
Cumberlandian Combshell Mussel; Cumberland Elktoe; Tan Riffle Shell; Little-wing Pearly Mussel; Cumberland Bean Pearly Mussel
Entrance Fees: 
No Entrance Fee Bandy Creek Campground: Sites with hook-ups (loop B,C,D) $22.00 Sties without hook-ups (loop A) $19.00 Group Campsites (loop E) $75.00 minimum or $3.00/person; Blue Heron Campground; Sites with hook-ups $17.00; Alum Ford Campground: All sites $5.00
Nearest Major City: 
Oneida, TN; Whitley City, KY
Gateway Communities: 
Revelo, KY; Stearns, KY; Strunk, KY; Pine Knot, KY; Whitley City, KY;
Nearby Airports: 
Scott Municipal Airport (SCX)

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Mountain Biking

Interested in exploring the parks atop two human-powered wheels? Cover a lot of mountain ground, see some spectacular views and put as little strain on the environment as possible by mountain biking your way to the top! Experience rugged terrain and "off the beaten path" adventure as you bike the rocky canyon uphills of Death Valley, or cruise along Ajo Mountain Drive of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Click here for resources to get your wheels spinning throughout the NPS.

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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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Biking at Mammoth Cave

Road Biking Biking is permitted on any road in the park. The definition of a road includes fire access and other management roads that are not open for public automobile traffic. Opportunities may exist for riders to use certain backcountry roads, however, you must check with park officials first. A ...

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Meg Jensen

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is the point where the Chugach, Wrangell and St. Elias mountain ranges all converge in what is often referred to as the "mountain kingdom of North America." This is the largest unit of the National Park System. The park includes the continent's largest assemblage of glaciers and the greatest collection of peaks above 16,000 feet.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round (many park facilities close during the winter season)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (many park facilities close during the winter season)
Park Acreage: 
1.31881
Highest Point: 
Mount Saint Elias
Highest Point Elevation: 
18008 feet
Visitor Count: 
50336
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mount St. Elias; Kennecott; Chitina; Liberty Falls Trail; Nabesna; McCarthy Road; Root Glacier Trail
Endangered Species: 
Grizzly Bear; Lynx; Stellar Sea-lion (threatened); Kittlitz's Murrelets (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Anchorage, AK
Gateway Communities: 
McCarthy, AK; Nabesna, AK; Slana, AK; Galkana, AK; Chitina, AK; Glennallen, AK; Tok, AK; Valdez, AK; Cordova, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)

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