Ranger-led Programs

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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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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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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Redwood National and State Parks

Superintendent Name: 
Steve W. Chaney
Stand at the base of a coast redwood and the huckleberry bushes tower over you. Watch statuette Roosevelt elk grazing in the prairies. Observe the tail of a female Chinook salmon heave skyward as she makes a nest for her eggs. Whether a morning or night person, you can hear the endangered marbled murrelets' keer across the treetops as they fly from sea to mossy nest.
Park Acreage: 
131983
Highest Point: 
Coyote Rest
Highest Point Elevation: 
3262 feet
Visitor Count: 
391282
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park; Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park; Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park; Gold Bluffs Beach; Mill Creek
Endangered Species: 
Marbled Murrelet; Bald Eagle (threatened); Western Snowy Plover (threatened); Brown Pelican; Northern Spotted Owl; Beach Layia; Perigrine Falcon; Chinook Salmon (threatened); Steelhead Trout (threatened); Steller's Sea Lion (threatened); Tidewater Goby
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Crescent City, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Orick, CA; Crescent City, CA; Trinidad, CA; Fort Dick, CA; Klamath, CA; Smith River, CA; Gasquet, CA; McKinleyville, CA; Arcata, CA; Bayside, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Del Norte County Airport (CEC); Arcata/Eureka Airport (ACV)

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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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Saguaro National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Sarah Craighead
Saguaro National Park embodies the universal symbol of the Great American West. Enormous cacti, silhouetted by the setting sun, prosper in the scorching heat and desert region. Yet these majestic plants are only found in a small portion of the United States. Saguaro National Park protects some of the most impressive forests of these sub-tropical giants, on the edge of the modern City of Tucson.
Park Open Info: 
7am to sunset daily; Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
7am to sunset daily; Year-round
Park Acreage: 
91440
Highest Point: 
Mica Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
8664 feet
Visitor Count: 
619983
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Valley View Overlook Trail; Tuscon Mountain District; Rincon Mountain District; Saguaro Cacti
Endangered Species: 
Lesser Long-nosed Bat; Mexican Spotted Owl (threatened); plants
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Commercial Fees: $25-$100 (varies depending on seating capacity)
Nearest Major City: 
Tuscon, AZ
Gateway Communities: 
Vail, AZ; Marana, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Cortaro, AZ; Sahuarita, AZ; Green Valley, AZ; Benson, AZ; Pomerene, AZ; Catalina, AZ; Oracle, AZ; San Manuel, AZ
Nearby Airports: 
Tuscon International Airport (TUS)

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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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