Rock Climbing

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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Mount Rainier National Park

Superintendent Name: 
David Uberuaga
Towering over Puget Sound, Mount Rainier is the most beloved landmark in the state of Washington. This active volcano has the largest alpine glacial system in the contiguous United States bringing climbers from around the world to test their strength year after year. The park's rich conifer forests, waterfalls, spectacular subalpine wildflower meadows and abundant wildlife offer unlimited pleasure to outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.
Park Acreage: 
235625
Highest Point: 
Mt. Rainier
Highest Point Elevation: 
14410 feet
Visitor Count: 
1113601
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Longmire; Paradise Valley; Narada Falls; Nisqually Glacier; Nisqually Icefall; Ohanapecosh River; Sunrise; Mount Rainier; Mount Baker; Mount Adams; Emmons Glacier; Carbon River; Temperate Rain Forest; Carbon Glacier; Mowich Lake
Endangered Species: 
Spotted Owl; Gray Wolf; Grizzly Bear; Bull Trout (threatened); Chinook Salmon (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $15; Commercial Tour Fees: $25-$200 (varies depending on seating capacity); Mount Rainier Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Tacoma, WA
Gateway Communities: 
Packwood, WA; Randle, WA; Goose Prairie, WA; Longmire, WA; Glenoma, WA; Enumclaw, WA; Buckley, WA; Morton, WA; Black Diamond, WA
Nearby Airports: 
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA); Yakima Air Terminal (YKM); Portland International Airport (PDX)

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Joshua Tree National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Curtis L Sauer
The twisted, bristled trees and intriguing rocky landscape give the impression that Joshua Tree National Park was ripped from the pages of a Dr. Seuss book. The park encompasses some of the most interesting geologic features found in California's desert areas while the presence of water, the rarest of desert commodities, allows life to flourish.
Park Acreage: 
789745
Highest Point: 
Quail Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
5820 feet
Visitor Count: 
1256421
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Colorado Desert; Mojave Desert; Bernadino Mountains; Sonoran Desert; Black Rock Canyon; Skull Rock; Indian Cove; Cottonwood Spring; Covington Flats
Endangered Species: 
Coachella Valley Milk Vetch; Desert Tortoise (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $15; Joshua Tree National Park Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Twenty-nine Palms, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Joshua Tree, CA; Twentynine Palms, CA; Yucca Valley, CA; Pioneertown, CA; Morongo Valley, CA; Desert Center, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Los Angeles National Airport (LAX)

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Grand Teton National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Mary Gibson-Scott
Welcome to Grand Teton National Park, where the majestic Teton Range rises impressively along the western edge of the scenic valley known as Jackson Hole. Here you will experience the captivating natural beauty that has drawn appreciative visitors to the area for generations. Whether you've come to relax and take in the view or to actively explore Grand Teton's many offerings, you will be rewarded with opportunities to get closer to the region's unique natural and human history.
Park Acreage: 
309995
Highest Point: 
Grand Teton
Highest Point Elevation: 
13770 feet
Visitor Count: 
2406476
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Jackson Hole; Snake River; Chapel of Transfiguration; Menors Ferry
Endangered Species: 
Gray Wolf; Grizzly Bear; Lynx; Whooping Crane
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12;Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25; Motorcycle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Winter Day Use Pass: $5
Nearest Major City: 
Jackson, WY
Gateway Communities: 
Moran, WY; Moose, WY; Jackson, WY; Kelly, WY; Teton Village, WY
Nearby Airports: 
Jackson Hole Airport (JAC); Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

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Great Basin National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Cindy Nielsen

In the shadow of Great Basin National Park's 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Great Basin offers the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Full of wonders, Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery.

Park Acreage: 
77180
Highest Point: 
Wheeler Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
13063 feet
Visitor Count: 
78524
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Lehman Caves; Lexington Arch; Wheeler Peak; Johnson Lake Mine; Lehman Orchard; Lehman Aqueduct; Rhodes Cabin
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Ely, NV
Gateway Communities: 
Baker, NV; Garrison, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC); Mc Carran International Airport (LAS)

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Capitol Reef National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Al Hendricks
Called "Wayne Wonderland" in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park is bursting with unique natural and cultural history. The park was established to protect its infamous Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known as a monocline that extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Comprised of 378 square miles of colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths, this park is truly spectacular.
Park Acreage: 
241904
Highest Point: 
Billings Point
Highest Point Elevation: 
8960 feet
Visitor Count: 
511511
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Waterpocket Fold; Freemont Culture Rock Art; Bolder Mountain; Thousand Lakes Mountains; Triassic Tracks; Fremont River; Escalante River; Capitol Dome; Chimney Rock; The Goosenecks; The Egyptian Temple; Hickman Bridge; The Golden Throne; Capitol Gorge; Fruita Schoolhouse; Gifford Farmhouse; Behunin Cabin; Brimhall Bridge; Muley Twist Canyon
Endangered Species: 
Wright's Fishhook Cactus; Utah Prairie Dog
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $3
Nearest Major City: 
Torrey, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Torrey, UT; Teasdale, UT; Bicknell, UT; Lyman, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

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Canyonlands National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Tony Schetzsle
Welcome to Canyonlands National Park's colorful landscape, which has eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The rivers divide the park into four districts, including the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration.
Park Acreage: 
337598
Highest Point: 
Cedar Mesa
Highest Point Elevation: 
6987 feet
Visitor Count: 
392537
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Green River; Colorado River; White Rim; Tower Ruin; Island in the Sky; Grand View Point Overlook; Cataract Canyon; Upheaval Dome; The Maze; Land of Standing Rocks; The Doll House; The Fins; The Great Gallery; The Needles District
Endangered Species: 
Colorado Pikeminnow; Razorback Sucker; Humpback Chub; Bonytail Chub; Southwest Willow Flycatcher
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; InIndividual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Local Passport (valid for 1 year and applies to Arches, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges and Hovenweep): $25
Nearest Major City: 
Moab, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Moab, UT; Monticello, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Connie Rudd
Black Canyon of the Gunnison's unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock abrading down through hard Proterozoic crystalline rock. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. With a plethora of recreational activities, including hiking and ranger guided programs, there are many ways to experience Black Canyon.
Park Open Info: 
North Rim - mid-April; South Rim - Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
North Rim - late November; South Rim - Year-round
Park Acreage: 
32950
Highest Point: 
Poison Spring Hill (inholding)
Highest Point Elevation: 
9040 feet
Visitor Count: 
160450
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Gunnison River; The Painted Wall
Endangered Species: 
American Peregrine Falcon; Gray Wolf; Columbian White-tailed Deer
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $15; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $7; Black Canyon Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Montrose, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Montrose, CO; Crawford, CO; Cimarron, CO; Olathe, CO; Hotchkiss, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ); Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC); Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)

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Badlands National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Dr. Paige Baker
Welcome to Badlands National Park, where the ancient Spirits of the land can still be heard. Since time immemorial, the area that now encompasses Badlands National Park was home to the indigenous residents, the great Sioux Nation. The park contains the world's richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 37-28 million years old. The evolutionary stories of mammals such as the horse and rhinoceros arise from the 244,000 acres of magnificent buttes, pinnacles, and spires.
Park Acreage: 
242756
Highest Point: 
Red Shirt Table
Highest Point Elevation: 
3345 feet
Visitor Count: 
840118
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Badlands Loop Road; Sage Creek Basin; Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Endangered Species: 
Black-footed Ferret
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $7; Motorcycle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Badlands National Park Annual Pass (valid for one year after date of purchase): $30
Nearest Major City: 
Rapid City, SD
Gateway Communities: 
Interior, SD; Kadoka, SD; Wall, SD; Scenic, SD; Quinn, SD
Nearby Airports: 
Rapid City, SC (RAP)

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Big Bend National Park

Superintendent Name: 
William Wellman
Big Bend National Park encompasses more than 800,000 acres in southwest Texas. Sometimes considered "three parks in one," Big Bend includes mountain, desert, and river environments. In just an hour you can drive from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high. Come and explore one of the last remaining wild corners of the United States, and experience unmatched sights, sounds, and solitude.
Park Acreage: 
801163
Highest Point: 
Emory Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
7825 feet
Visitor Count: 
298717
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Rio Grande River; Langford Hot Springs; Boquillas Hot Springs; Castolon; Johnson's Ranch; Mariscal Mine; The Commache Trail; Glenn Springs; Cooper's Store
Endangered Species: 
Black-capped Vireo; Mexican Long-nosed Bat; Big Bend Gambusia; Rio Grande Silvery Minnow; Chisos Hedgehog Cactus.
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Big Bend Park Annual Pass (valid for one year after date of purchase): $40; Children 15 years old and under : Free
Nearest Major City: 
El Paso, TX
Gateway Communities: 
Marathon, TX; Alpine, TX; Terlingua, TX; Lajitas, TX
Nearby Airports: 
Midland-Odessa Regional Airport (MAF); El Paso International Airport (ELP)

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