Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

Who's Who in the Park

National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) is the federal custodian of Mammoth Cave National Park. As an agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the NPS has the responsibility of preserving and protecting the natural and cultural values of our national parks, protecting the wildlife therein and providing for public use and enjoyment of the parks. The NPS regulates all prices and operating standards within Mammoth Cave National Park. Contact the NPS at Mammoth Cave: P.O. Box 7, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259, or email: [email protected]

Forever Resorts

Located in pristine settings of national parks, forests and well-known destinations around the world, Forever Resorts strives to provide a fun-filled vacation while helping to create an awareness of the area's history, culture and environment. Forever Resorts operates the Mammoth Cave Hotel, Travertine Dining Room, Crystal Lake Coffee Shop and the cave shuttle bus service. Forever Resorts is dedicated to its corporate ideology of taking time to play, preserve and protect our national resources and recreational destinations. For more information, please contact Forever Resorts at (480) 998-9977 or visit

Eastern National

Eastern National has been a valued partner of the National Park Service since 1947 and operates a bookstore in the visitor center. Its mission is to offer quality educational materials and services to park visitors and supporters and to aid the NPS with income derived from these activities.

The following organizations work on a volunteer basis with the NPS:

Cave Research Foundation

The Cave Research Foundation (CRF) grew out of the efforts of cave explorers working in the Mammoth Cave area of Kentucky in the late 1940s. It is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to: facilitating research, management, and interpretation of caves and karst resources; forming partnerships to study, protect, and preserve cave resources and karst areas; and promoting the long-term conservation of caves and karst ecosystems. Most of CRF's work is conducted on state and federal lands under a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

World Heritage Site

Mammoth Cave was named a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site in 1981. The main objective of UNESCO is to promote collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication and to help maintain sites that are of cultural and scientific significance to all mankind.