Ranger-led Programs

Pipestone National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Jim La Rock

The first National Park Service area established within the boundaries of Minnesota, Pipestone National Monument possesses a valuable spiritual resource to many American Indians. The pipestone quarries are a sacred site for many American Indians attracting tribes across North American to quarry red pipestone for making pipes and effigies from the easily carveable material.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round (hours vary seasonally)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (hours vary seasonally)
Park Acreage: 
281
Visitor Count: 
66867
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Upper Midwest Indial Cultural Center; Nature Walk; Pipestone Quarries; Old Stone Face; Winnewissa Falls; Oracle Tallgrass Prairie
Entrance Fees: 
Individual (valid for 7 days): $5; Vehicle (valid for 7 days): $5; Child (15 years & under): Free; Pipestone National Monument Annual Pass: $15
Nearest Major City: 
Pipestone, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Pipestone, MN; Ihlen, MN; Trosky, MN; Holland, MN; Jasper, MN; Woodstock, MN; Egan, SD; Ruthton, MN; Lake Benton, MN; Hardwick, MN; Flandreau, SD
Nearby Airports: 
Sioux Falls Regional Airport (FSD); Reston/R.M. of Pipestone Airport (TC LID)

READ MORE
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)

READ MORE
Pinnacles National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Eric Brunnemann
Whether you want to count yellow poppies, condors or shooting stars, Pinnacles National Monument will reward you with new pleasures on every visit. Activities include hiking, rock climbing, studying wildlife, viewing wildflowers and experiencing nature.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
24265
Highest Point: 
North Chalone Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
3304 feet
Visitor Count: 
158824
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Bear Gulch Resevoir; High Peaks; Gabilan Mountains; Bear Gulch Cave; Balconies Cave; Machete Ridge; Teapot Dome
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle (single visit entry): $5; Individual: $3 (pedestrians & bicycles)
Nearest Major City: 
Soledad, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Paicines, CA; Tres Pinos, CA; King City, CA; Hollister, CA; San Lucas, CA
Nearby Airports: 
San Francisco International Airport (SFO); Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK); Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT); Reid-Hillview Airport of Santa Clara County (RHV)

READ MORE
Natural Bridges National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Corky Hays
Natural Bridges preserves some of the greatest examples of natural stone architecture in the southwest. Three such natural bridges formed when running streams slowly cut through the canyon walls. In honor of the Native Americans that inhabited the area, the bridges are named "Kachina," "Owachomo" and "Sipapu."
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
7636
Visitor Count: 
91288
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Sipapu Bridge; Horsecollar Ruin; Kachina Bridge; Owachomo Bridge; Solar Power System
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $3 (motorcycles, bicycles, walk-ins); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $6; Local Passport (valid for Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges): $25; Commercial Tours: $25-$100 (varies depending on seating capacity
Nearest Major City: 
Blanding, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Blanding, UT; Mexican Hat, UT; Bluff, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ); Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

READ MORE
Navajo National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Nancy Skinner
Descendants of the Hopi people who built these cliff dwellings are called Hisatsinom. Several Zuin clans began in this area, also pueblo builders. Later, San Juan Southern Paiute, famous for their baskets, moved into this area and lived near the cliff dwellings. Today, the monument is surrounded by the Navajo Nation, as it has been for hundreds of years.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round (hours vary seasonally)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (hours vary seasonally)
Park Acreage: 
360
Visitor Count: 
71595
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Sandal Trail; Aspen Trail; Canyon View Trail
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Shiprock, NM; Window Rock; AZ
Gateway Communities: 
Shonto, AZ; Kaibito, AZ; Tonalea, AZ; Kayenta, AZ
Nearby Airports: 
Page Municipal Airport (PGA); Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG); Four Corners Regional Airport (FMN)

READ MORE
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)

READ MORE
Montezuma Castle National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Kath Davis
Visit Montezuma Castle National Monument to witness the incredible legacy of a people who continue to inspire the imaginations of this and future generations. Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room elaborate domain, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a 1,000 year-old story of ingenuity and survival in a harsh desert landscape.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round (hours vary seasonally)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (hours vary seasonally)
Park Acreage: 
1658
Visitor Count: 
597762
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Montezuma Castle; Montezuma Well; Sycamore Grove; Beaver Creek
Entrance Fees: 
Montezuma Well: Free; Montezuma Castle Adult (valid for 7 days): $5; Montezuma Castle Child: Free
Nearest Major City: 
Flagstaff, AZ
Gateway Communities: 
Camp Verde, AZ; Rimrock, AZ; Lake Montezuma, AZ; Cornville, AZ; Dewey, AZ; Sedona, AZ; Prescott Valley, AZ
Nearby Airports: 
Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG); Sedona Airport (SEZ); Rimrock Airport (private)

READ MORE
Muir Woods National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Brian O'Neil
"This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world," declared conservationist John Muir when describing the majestic coast redwoods of Muir Woods. Muir Woods has a rich and varied history, tracing back to the Coast Miwok people through modern preservation. In each era, the forest has been affected by the actions of humans, for better or for worse.
Park Open Info: 
8am-Sunset Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Sunet-8am Year-round
Park Acreage: 
554
Visitor Count: 
741768
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Cathedral Grove; Muir Beach Overlook; Muir Beach
Entrance Fees: 
Adult (ages 16 & older): $5; Child (ages 15 & under): Free; Muir Woods Annual Pass: $20
Nearest Major City: 
San Francisco, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Mill Valley, CA; Stinson Beach, CA; Corte Madera, CA; Sausalito, CA; Breenbrae, CA; San Quentin, CA; Larkspur, CA; Kentfield, CA; Ross, CA; San Rafael, CA; San Anselmo, CA; San Francisco, CA; Fairfax, CA; Bolinas, CA; Richmond, CA
Nearby Airports: 
San Francisco International Airport (SFO); Metropolitan Oakland International Airport (OAK); Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport (STS)

READ MORE
Jewel Cave National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Todd Suess
Jewel Cave is the second longest cave in the world stretching 141 miles. A local movement to set Jewel Cave aside for preservation culminated in its establishment as a National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt on February 7, 1908. Jewel Cave is well known for its natural beauty, unusual features and fascinating wildfire history.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
1273
Highest Point Elevation: 
5406 feet
Visitor Count: 
97395
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Roof Trail; Canyons Trail; Jewel Cave
Entrance Fees: 
Adult (age 17 & older): $8; Youth (ages 6-16): $4; Child (ages 5 & under): Free; Golden Age/Senior/Access Adult (pass holder only): $4; Access Youth (pass holder only): $2
Nearest Major City: 
Rapid City, SD
Gateway Communities: 
Custer, SD; Pringle, SD; Newcastle, WY; Hot Springs, SD
Nearby Airports: 
Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)

READ MORE
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)

READ MORE
Syndicate content