Rock Climbing

George Washington Memorial Parkway

Superintendent Name: 
David Vela
The George Washington Memorial Parkway stands as a memorial to..you guessed it - George Washington!
Park Acreage: 
7247
Visitor Count: 
6872213
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Fort Hunt; Arlington House; The Robert E. Lee Memorial; Arlington Memorial Bridge & Memorial Avenue; Belle Haven Marina; Belle Haven Park; Clara Barton National Historic Site; Collingwood Park; Columbia Island Marina; Claude Moore Colonial Farm; Daingerfield Island; Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve; Fort Hunt Park; Fort Marcy; Glen Echo Park; Gravelly Point; Great Falls Park; Lady Bird Johnson Park; Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial; Grove-on-the-Potomac; Mount Vernon Trail; Netherlands Carillon; Potomac Heritage Trail; Riverside Park; Roaches Run Wildlife Sanctuary; Theodore Roosevelt Island; Turkey Run Park; U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial; Washington Sailing Marina; Women in Military Service For America Memorial
Entrance Fees: 
Free; Permits are required for certain activities within the park. $50.00 fee for permit applications.
Nearest Major City: 
McLean, VA
Gateway Communities: 
McLean, VA
Nearby Airports: 
Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD); Reagan International Airport (DCA)

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Superintendent Name: 
Phil Francis
Overlooks, trails, picnic areas and a multitude of developed areas await the visitor who has time to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway. Acting as an introduction to the natural and cultural history of our region, a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is meant to be slow-paced, relaxing and educational. The Parkway meanders 469 miles between Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, creating multiple opportunities to explore the communities along the way!
Park Acreage: 
93871
Visitor Count: 
17352286
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Peaks of Otter Visitor Center Museum; Peaks of Otter; Johnson Farm; The Trail Cabin; Caudill Cabin; Sheets Cabin; The Jesse Brown Farmstead; Cool Springs Baptist Church; Yankee Horse Ridge Parking Area; The James River Visitor Center; Moses Cone Estate and Parkway Craft Center;
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Asheville, NC
Gateway Communities: 
Fancy Gap, VA; Cana, VA; Hillsville, VA ; Lambsburg, VA; Mount Airy, NC; Dugspur, VA; Galax, VA; Laurel Fork, VA; Austinville, VA
Nearby Airports: 
Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)

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Rock Climbing

American rock climbing takes its roots in the national parks and draws visitors from around the world to come and play. Dare to ascend the breathtaking granite walls of El Capitan's The Nose, in Yosemite. Choose from hundreds of routes at Joshua Tree, or try some crack climbing at Wyoming's awe-inspiring spire, Devils Tower, with continuous cracks up to 400 feet long! Rock climbing is an exciting way to experience the parks in a less traditional way, but remember to stay safe and listen to local rules and regulations. Click here to learn more about climbing safety and locations in the system.

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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)

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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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Things To Do

Although Acadia is dazzling in summer, the park’s beauty flourishes throughout the year. By land and by sea there is no such thing as an off-season at Acadia. SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL Amphitheater Programs In the evening, Acadia’s two campgrounds present free programs in their centrally located amphitheaters. Programs span a range ...

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Yosemite National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Michael Tollefson
Yosemite National Park, one of the first national parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls and impressive granite walls. Within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can also find deep valleys, sprawling meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada John Muir describes as "the heart of the world".
Park Acreage: 
747956
Highest Point: 
Mount Lyell
Highest Point Elevation: 
13114 feet
Visitor Count: 
3242644
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Yosemite Valley; Bridalveil Fall; Yosemite Falls; El Capitan; Half Dome; Happy Isles; Mirror Lake; Mirror Meadow; Valley View Turnout; Tunnel View; Wawona; Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias; Glacier Point; Badger Pass Ski Area; Hetch Hetchy; Tioga Road; High Country; Olmsted Point; Tenaya Lake; Tuolomne Meadows
Endangered Species: 
Red-legged Frogs (threatened); Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs (threatened); Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep (threatened); Limestone Salamander (threatened); Giant Garter Snake (threatened); Great Gray Owl; Willow Flycatcher; Sierra Nevada Red Fox (threatened); California Wolverine (threatened); Thompson's Sedge; Yosemite Onion; Congdon's Lewisia; Congdon's Woolly Sunflower; Peregrine Falcon; Southern Bald Eagle; Yosemite Woolly Sunflower (threatened); Congdon's Lewisia (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass: $10 (on foot, horseback, motorcycle); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Commercial Tour Fees: $25-300 (varies depending on seating capacity); Yosemite Annual Pass: $40
Nearest Major City: 
Mariposa, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Fish Camp, CA; El Portal, CA; Mather, CA; Lee Vining; Oakhurst, CA; Bass Lake, CA; Wishon, CA; Ahwahnee, CA; Midpines, CA; Coarsegold, CA; Groveland, CA; Big Oak Flat, CA; Mariposa, CA; Auberry, CA; Soulsbyville, CA; Twain Harte, CA; Hayward, CA; Strawberry, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT); Merced Airport (MCE); Modesto City-County Airport (MOD); San Francisco International Airport (SFO); Oakland International Airport (OAK); San Jose International Airport (SJC); Sacramento International Airport (SMF); Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

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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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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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