Ranger-led Programs

Dinosaur National Monument

The largest land creatures of all time once roamed and died in the area now known as Dinosaur National Monument. Fragments of a long ago world are scattered among the craggy hills of the monument. The main exhibit wall of dinosaur fossils is closed, but some fossils can be seen by hiking 1/2 mile from the Temporary Visitor Center. Other highlights of the park include captivating rock art and scenery, homestead sites, and whitewater rafting.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
210278
Highest Point: 
Zenobia Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
9006 feet
Visitor Count: 
278473
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Yampa River; Green River
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $10; Motorcycle Pass (valid for seven days): $5-10; Dinosaur National Monument Pass:: $20;
Nearest Major City: 
Vernal, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Dinosaur, CO; Rangely, CO; Maybell, CO;
Nearby Airports: 
Vernal Regional Airport (VEL)

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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Phyllis Ewing
Welcome to Effigy Mounds National Monument, which contains one of the finest mound groups in all America. A unique American Indian "Effigy Mound" culture developed in the upper Midwest before Europeans arrived, building thousands of earthen mounds in the shape of animals across the landscape. Over two-hundred mounds are preserved intact here today. Thirty-one of the magnificent mounds are effigies in the shape of bears and birds found along hiking trails.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
2526.39
Visitor Count: 
90199
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Blue Gill Pond; Fire Point; Mississippi River; Sny Magill; Yellow River; Marching Bear Group Mounds
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $3; Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $5; Effigy Mounds National Monument
Nearest Major City: 
Marquette, IA
Gateway Communities: 
Marquette, IA; Prairie du Chien, WI; Harpers Ferry, IA; Monona, IA; Eastman, WI
Nearby Airports: 
La Crosse Municipal Airport (LSE)

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Devils Tower National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Dorothy Firecloud

President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower the first national monument in 1906. Rising 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River, Devils Tower is a magnificent sight. Once hidden, erosion has revealed Devils Tower. This 1,347 acre park is also known as Bears Lodge and is a sacred site for many American Indians. The monument is bursting with pine forests, woodlands, and grasslands. Deer, prairie dogs, and other wildlife are also abundant.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
1346.91
Highest Point: 
Devils Tower
Highest Point Elevation: 
1267 feet
Visitor Count: 
335764
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Devils Tower; Belle Fourche River
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $10; Colorado National Monument Annual Park Pass: $20;
Nearest Major City: 
Gillette, Wyoming
Gateway Communities: 
Devils Tower, WY; Hulett, WY; Carlile, WY; Alva, WY;
Nearby Airports: 
Gillette-Campbell County Airport (GCC); Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)

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Castillo de San Marcos National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Gordon J. Wilson
Castillo de San Marcos Monument is built not only of stone and mortar, but also of human determination and endurance, symbolizing the clash between cultures that ultimately resulted in our uniquely unified nation. Castillo was built to protect and defend Spain's claims in the New World. Even though it was caught in the whirlwinds of colonial warfare and intrigue, it was never defeated in battle. The original walls, still resonating with the struggles of an earlier time, provide tangible evidence of over 330 years of American history and culture.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
20.21
Visitor Count: 
630903
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
No
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Old City Gates; Garrita; Belltower; West Linewall; Cubo Linewall
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $6
Nearest Major City: 
Jacksonville, FL
Gateway Communities: 
St. Augustine, FL; Elkton, FL; Hastings, FL; Green Cove Springs, FL
Nearby Airports: 
Jacksonville Florida Airport (JAX); Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB)

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Castle Clinton National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Jim Pepper

Welcome to Castle Clinton National Monument, which is located at the southern tip of Manhattan Island. Castle Clinton represents the growth of New York City and also the growth of a nation. The Castle was initially built to keep out a British invasion in 1812, but has transformed over the years to welcome theater goers, immigrants, sightseers and now millions of visitors to New York Harbor.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
1
Visitor Count: 
3415397
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
New York Harbor; Castle Clinton
Entrance Fees: 
Free
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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Cedar Breaks National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Paul Roelandt

People have been visiting Cedar Breaks area for over 9,000 years. The monument rests on top of the Colorado plateau and at over 10,000 feet in elevation offers breathtaking views. The park's giant amphitheater, more than 2,000 feet deep, has been carved by millions of years of sedimentation, uplift, and erosion.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
6154.6
Highest Point: 
Colorado Plateau
Highest Point Elevation: 
10662 feet
Visitor Count: 
488376
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Spectra Point/Ramparts Overlook Trail; Alpine Pond Nature Trail; Rattlesnake Creek Trail; Cedar Breaks Historic Lodge; Historic Visitor Center; Pink Cliffs
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $4; Tour Groups/Commercial Vehicles (1
Nearest Major City: 
Cedar City, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Cedar City, UT; Brian Head, UT ; Parowan, UT; Paragonah, UT; Summit, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC)

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Scott Travis
Canyon de Chelly National Monument reflects one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America and boasts distinctive cultural resources such as architecture, artifacts, and rock imagery. The remarkable preservation integrity of the monument provides outstanding opportunities for study and contemplation. In addition, this great historical and spiritual landscape sustains a living community of Navajo people. Comprised entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust Land that remains home to the canyon community, Canyon de Chelly is unique among National Park service units.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
83840
Highest Point: 
Spider Rock
Highest Point Elevation: 
6871 feet
Visitor Count: 
826635
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Tseyi Overlook; White House
Entrance Fees: 
Canyon Hiking: $15 per hour (Hiking within the canyon requires a Park Service permit and an authorized Navajo guide, except along the 2.5-mile (4-km) White House Ruins Trail. One guide may take up to 15 people for $15 per hour. )
Nearest Major City: 
Chinle, AZ
Gateway Communities: 
Chinle, AZ; Many Farms, AZ; Nazlini, AZ; Tsaile, AZ; Ganado, AZ; Round Rock, AZ
Nearby Airports: 
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX); Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ); Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG)

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Capulin Volcano National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Christopher Moos

Nearly 60,000 years ago the rain of cooling cinders formed Capulin Volcano National Monument's Capulin Volcano, a nearly perfectly-shaped cinder cone, rising more than 1,000 feet above the encompassing landscape. Mammoths, giant bison, and short-faced bears were there to witness the earthquakes and firework-like explosions which hurled molten rock thousands of feet into the air. Come and witness the park for yourself today.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
792.84
Highest Point: 
Capulin Volcano
Highest Point Elevation: 
8182 feet
Visitor Count: 
49823
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Capulin Volcano; High Plains
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $5; Annual Pass (valid for one year): $10
Nearest Major City: 
Raton, NM
Gateway Communities: 
Capulin, NM; Folsom, NM; Folsom, NM; Branson, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ); City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS); Denver International Airport (DEN); Amarillo International Airport (AMA)

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Cabrillo National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Tom Workman
Cabrillo National Monument boasts the story of John Rodriguez Cabrillo, who upon climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to this rich historic story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a bounty of cultural and natural resources. Come visit the park and embark on your own Voyage of Discovery!
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
159.94
Highest Point: 
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Highest Point Elevation: 
422 feet
Visitor Count: 
804826
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Pacific Ocean; New Point Loma Lighthouse; Old Point Loma Lighthouse; San Diego Harbor
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $3; Motorcycle Pass (valid for seven days): $3; Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $5
Nearest Major City: 
San Diego, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Coronado, CA ; San Diego, CA; National City, CA; Chula Vista, CA; Imperial Beach, CA; Lemon Grove, CA
Nearby Airports: 
San Diego International Airport (SAN)

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Booker T. Washington National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Rebecca Harriett

Booker T. Washington National Monument, formerly Burroughs Plantation, is home to the birthplace of Booker T. Washington. Washington was born a slave on the 207-acre farm of James Burroughs and after the Civil War became founder and first principal of Tuskegee Normal and Industrial School. He later went on to be an adviser, author and orator, his past would influence his philosophies as the most influential African American of his era.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
239.01
Visitor Count: 
18339
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Jack-O-Lantern Branch Heritage Trail; Plantation Trail; Burroughs Plantation
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Rocky Mount, VA
Gateway Communities: 
Hardy, VA; Moneta, VA; Vinton, VA; Rocky Mount, VA
Nearby Airports: 
Roanoke Regional Airport (ROA); Lynchburg Regional Airport (LYH)

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