Ranger-led Programs

Lava Beds National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
David Kruse
The history and cultural legacy of the lava beds stretches back thousands of years - it is one of the longest continually occupied areas in North America. Volcanic eruptions have created a rugged landscape with more than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites and Historic battlefields in a high desert wilderness.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
46560
Visitor Count: 
104490
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mammoth Crater; Symbol Bridge; Big Painted Cave; Hidden Valey; Schonchin Butte; Fleener Chimneys; Thomas-Wright Battlefield; Black Crater; Gillems Camp; Sheepy Ridge; Captain Jacks Stronghold; Petroglyph Point
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Individual Pass (motorcycle, bicycle, walk-in): $5
Nearest Major City: 
Klamath Falls, OR
Gateway Communities: 
Tulelake, CA; Merrill, OR; Malin, OR; Midland, OR; Klamath Falls, OR
Nearby Airports: 
Klamath Falls International Airport (LMT); Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport (MFR); Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

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Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Darrell Cook
Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument commemorates one of America's most significant and famous battles, the Battle of the Little Bighorn. On June 25 and 26, 1876, two divergent cultures clashed in a life or death struggle.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round (hours vary seasonally)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (hours vary seasonally)
Park Acreage: 
765
Visitor Count: 
298518
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
White Swan Memorial Library; Stone House
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass: $10; Individual Pass (pedestrians, motorcycles): $5; Vans & Mini-Bus (7-25 people): $40; Motor Coach (26+ people): $100
Nearest Major City: 
Billings, MT
Gateway Communities: 
Crow Agency, MT; Garryowen, MT; Hardin, MT; Lodge Grass, MT; Busby, MT; Wyola, MT
Nearby Airports: 
Billings Logan International Airport (BIL); Sheridan County Airport (SHR)

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Hovenweep National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Corky Hays

Hovenweep National Monument protects six prehistoric, Puebloan-era villages sprawling over a twenty-mile expanse along the Utah-Colorado border. Multi-leveled and strategically positioned towers lead visitors to marvel at the skill and motivation of their builders.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
785
Visitor Count: 
26348
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Square Tower Group; Cajon; Cutthroat Castle; Goodman Point; Holly; Horsehoe/Hackberry
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 of vehicle)
Nearest Major City: 
Cortez, CO; Blanding, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Aneth, UT; Montezuma Creek, UT; Pleasant View, CO; Yellow Jacket, CO; Cahone, CO; Lewis, CO; Bluff, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ); Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC); Canyonlands Fiels (CNY); Albuquerque Interntaional Sunport (ABQ)

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Homestead National Monument of America

Superintendent Name: 
Mark Engler
Homestead National Monument of America, located in Southeast Nebraska, commemorates the lives and accomplishments of all pioneers and the changes brought about by the Homestead Act of 1862. This act was one of the most significant events in the westward expansion of the United States and had far-reaching effects upon the landscape and people of its time. Granting 160 acres of free land to claimants, the Homestead Act of 1862 allowed nearly any man or woman a "fair chance."
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
195
Visitor Count: 
53667
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Palmer Epard Cabin; Tallgrass Prairie; Heritage Center; Freeman School
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Beatrice, NE
Gateway Communities: 
Beatrice, NE; Plymouth, NE; De Witt, NE; Pickrell, NE; Filley, NE; Virginia, NE; Wymore, NE; Blue Springs, NE; Jansen, NE; Wilber, NE
Nearby Airports: 
Lincoln Airport (LNK); Eppley Airfield (OMA); Beatrice Municipal Airport (BIE); Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

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Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Neil King

Glimpse life before the last Ice Age and view the earliest appearance of modern flora and fauna at Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument. Known mostly for its fossils from the late Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs, Hagerman Fossil Beds contains one of the world's richest known deposits of fossil horses, Equus simplicidens, thought to be a link between prehistoric and modern horses. Also, the Monument contains parts of the Oregon National Historic Trail, one of only three units in the NPS to boast this characteristic.

Park Open Info: 
Open daily from Memorial Day Weekend (summer season)
Park Closed Info: 
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays from August 26 (winter season)
Park Acreage: 
4351
Highest Point: 
Snake River
Highest Point Elevation: 
2800 feet
Visitor Count: 
25875
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Oregon Trail Overlook; Hagerman Horse Quarry
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Twin Falls, ID
Gateway Communities: 
Hagerman, ID; Bliss, ID; Wendell, ID; Jerome, ID; Gooding, ID; King Hill, ID; Glenns Ferry, ID; Buhl, ID; Twin Falls, ID
Nearby Airports: 
Boise Air Terminal (BOI); Magic Valley Regional Airport (TWF)

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Grand Portage National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Timothy Cochrane
Welcome to Grand Portage National Monument! The cultural and natural history offer an abundance of seasonal experiences at Grand Portage.
Park Open Info: 
Historic Depot opens May 24; Heritage Visitors Center open Year-round (hours vary seasonally); Mount Rose Trail open Dawn-Dusk; Grand Portage Footpath open Dawn-Dusk
Park Closed Info: 
Historic Depot closes October 14; Heritage Visitors Center open Year-round (hours vary seasonally); Mount Rose Trail open Dawn-Dusk; Grand Portage Footpath open Dawn-Dusk
Park Acreage: 
710
Highest Point: 
Rose Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
906 feet
Visitor Count: 
53443
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
No
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
The Historic Gardens; Great Hall; Kitchen; Canoe Warehouse; Ojibwe Village; Voyageur's Encampment; Mount Rose; Lake Superior; Grand Portage Footpath
Entrance Fees: 
Adults: $3; Child (15 and under): Free; Family Rate: $6; Holders of Annual Senior Access Pass: Free
Nearest Major City: 
Duluth, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Grand Portage, MN; Hovland, MN; Grand Marais, MN
Nearby Airports: 
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP); Duluth International Airport (DLH); LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT)

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Governors Island National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Linda Neal
The military communities on Governors Island were woven into the intricate social, political and economic tapestry that is New York City for more than two centuries. Governors Island stood as a silent sentinel in New York Harbor from 1776-1996 and provided protection for the ideals represented by the Statue of Liberty across the Bay. From colonial outpost to regional administrative center for the U.S. Army and Coast Guard, Governers Island is rich with American history.
Park Open Info: 
June
Park Closed Info: 
September
Park Acreage: 
23
Visitor Count: 
43135
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
New York Harbor; Hudson River; East River; Fort Jay; Castle Williams
Nearest Major City: 
New York, NY
Gateway Communities: 
New York, NY
Nearby Airports: 
LaGuardia Airport (LGA); John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK); Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)

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George Washington Carver National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Reginald Tiller
George Washington Carver National Monument commemorates the life of the renowned scientist of agriculture George Washington Carver. The "Plant Doctor" grew up in a world of nature and nurture, tending his secret garden while observing the day to day operations of a successful 19th century farm. The Carver Bust offers visitors the chance to hear Carver's voice reciting the poem "Equipment" by Edgar Guest. Be sure to plan at least one hour for an easy hike when making reservations, as walking the 3/4-mile Carver Nature Trail is a tranquil experience.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
210
Visitor Count: 
37167
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Carver Birthplace Site; Carver Boyhood Statue; Carver Spring; Williams Pond and Spring; Moses Carver 1881 House; Carver Family Cemetery; Carver Nature Trail
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Diamond, MO
Gateway Communities: 
Diamond, MO
Nearby Airports: 
Neosho Hugh Robinson Airport (EOS)

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Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Steve Riley
Over 700 years ago, the Mogollon people made their homes and lived in the area now known as Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument. The monument is surrounded by the Gila National Forest and lies within the rugged Gila Wilderness, the nation's first wilderness area. The wilderness designation means that the wilderness character of the area will not be altered by the intrusion of roads or other evidence of human presence.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
533.13
Visitor Count: 
40510
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Gila River; Jordan Hot Springs; Lightfeather Hot Springs;
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass $3; Family Pass: $3
Nearest Major City: 
Silver City, NM
Gateway Communities: 
Pinos Altos, NM; Silver City, NM; Arenas Valley, NM
Nearby Airports: 
Tuscan International Airport (TUS); El Paso International Airport (ELP)

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Fort Union National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Marie Sauter
Fort Union National Monument is home to Fort Union, which was established in 1851 as the guardian of the Santa Fe Trail. Three different forts were constructed close together during its forty-year history. The third Fort Union was the largest in the American Southwest and functioned as a military garrison, territorial arsenal, and military supply depot for the southwest. Come and explore the largest visible network of Santa Fe Trail ruts.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
720.6
Visitor Count: 
10347
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Santa Fe Trail
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days and use at Pecos National Historical Park): $3; Annual Park Pass: $10
Nearest Major City: 
Las Vegas, NM
Gateway Communities: 
Watrous, NM; Valmora, NM; Las Vegas, NM; Wagon Mound, NM
Nearby Airports: 
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ); Denver International Airport (DEN)

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