Wildlife Watching

Horseshoe Reservoir

The recreation site at Horseshoe Reservoir, located along the Verde River, offers camping, picnicking, fishing and boating. Bald eagles are frequently seen in this vicinity. Ocotillo Boating Site provides the only boat ramp (small boats only) on the entire reservoir. Boating and fishing at Horseshoe Reservoir depend on the ...

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New Melones Lake

Each year, approximately 800,000 visitors enjoy the various recreational opportunities at New Melones Lake. Developed facilities are available at Glory Hole and Tuttletown Recreation Areas. Facilities include day use areas, boat launch ramps, more than 300 campsites, hiking, biking and equestrian trails, a visitor center and museum, and miles ...

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Species Spotlight: Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

April 6, 2009, 1:35 pm
These shy, curious creatures call the chilly Pacific waters off the coast of California home. Visitors often catch glimpses of their heads bobbing in the coastal waters or see groups of them sunning themselves on the shores. In addition to the coastal waters of California, harbor seals live in ...

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Species Spotlight: Collared Peccary

March 6, 2009, 1:28 pm
It’s a Boar! It’s a Pig! No, It’s a Collared Peccary! If you spot what looks like a wild boar off in the distance from your campsite, don’t jump to conclusions – you might actually be looking at a collared peccary (Tayassu tajuca), which is a breed apart! These pig-like creatures ...

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Species Spotlight: Eastern Kingbird

January 30, 2009, 1:27 pm
Despite what its regal name might suggest, the eastern kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) is a common and widespread species that can be found on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coast. This mid-sized bird may not appear extraordinary, but its peculiar dietary habits and awe-striking migration route may just inspire ...

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Species Spotlight: Bald Eagle

January 12, 2009, 1:44 pm
One of the most recognizable symbols of the United States, the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) deserves its reputation as a fierce and flexible carnivore. A powerful flier, it can reach speeds of up to 44 miles per hour. It prefers to live near seacoasts, rivers, large lakes and water ...

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Things To Do

While Annaberg and Trunk Bay are the most frequently-visited park sites, Virgin Islands National Park's diverse beaches, coral reefs, historic ruins, and hiking trails provide endless hours of exploration and enjoyment, as well as inspiration and opportunities for solitude and reflection. Visitors enjoy a variety of activities on the ...

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The Wolves of Yellowstone

Following an absence of more than 70 years, wolves once again run beneath the ample skies of Yellowstone National Park.  Northern Rocky Mountain wolves, a subspecies of the gray wolf (Canis lupus), were native to Yellowstone when the park was established in 1872. Predator control was practiced in the park ...

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Nature & Wildlife

Not just any species of plant or animal can adapt to the ecological demands of Acadia’s overlapping environments, but Acadia’s flora and fauna have flourished. Most of the park’s animals are adept at avoiding detection, but look carefully (and quietly) at dawn or dusk and you may see them ...

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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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