Hiking

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Charles Fenwick
Fort Polaski National Monument is abounding in history. In April 1862, the Battle for Fort Pulaski marked a turning point in military history. It featured the first significant use of rifled cannons in combat. These accurate, long-range weapons shattered Fort Pulaski's walls from over a mile away. The fort finally surrendered after thirty-hours of bombardment. This defeat surprised military strategists worldwide and signaled the end of masonry fortifications.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
5623.1
Visitor Count: 
333378
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Tybee Island; Fort Screven; The Tybee Island Lighthouse; Cockpur Island Lighthouse; Cockspur Island; Savannah River; Battery Hambright; John Wesley Memorial; McQueens Island
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $3;Fort Pulaski
Nearest Major City: 
Savannah, GA
Gateway Communities: 
Tybee Island, GA; Savannah, GA; Pooler, GA
Nearby Airports: 
Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV)

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El Malpais National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Kayci Cook
El Malpais National Monument encompasses a volcanic area holding many surprises. Lava flows, cinder cones, pressure ridges and complex lava tubes are just some of the natural wonders that highlight the landscape. Animals and plants thrive in the high desert environment of the monument. Prehistoric ruins, ancient cairns, rock structures, and homesteads remind us of days of old. The volcanic terrain is rugged, so visitors should come prepared. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as hiking, spelunking and primitive camping.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
114277
Highest Point: 
El Morro
Highest Point Elevation: 
7460 feet
Visitor Count: 
107792
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Cerro Encierro; La Ventana Natural Arch; The Narrows
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Grants, NM
Gateway Communities: 
Grants, NM; Milan, NM; San Fidel, NM; San Rafael, NM
Nearby Airports: 
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)

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El Morro National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Kayci Cook
From 17th century Spanish inscriptions to Ancestral Puebloan ruins, there's something for everyone at El Morro National Monument. A reliable waterhole hidden at the base of a sandstone bluff made El Morro a popular campsite. Ancestral Puebloans and Spanish and American travelers carved over 2,000 signatures, dates, messages, and petroglyphs for hundreds of years. Hiking, camping, picnicking are just some of the activities you can enjoy year-round in the park.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
1278.72
Visitor Count: 
52297
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
The Pool; Mesa Top Trail; Inscription Loop Trail; Mesa Top Loop Trail; Zuni Mountains; Atsinna
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $3
Nearest Major City: 
Ramah, NM
Gateway Communities: 
Ramah, NM; Cebolla, NM; Aragon, NM; Zuni, NM
Nearby Airports: 
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ); Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG)

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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Keith Payne
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument lies beneath a grassy mountain valley in central Colorado. The monument boasts one of the richest and most diverse fossil deposits in the world. A very different, prehistoric Colorado is revealed by the petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide and thousands of detailed fossils of insects and plants in the monument.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
5998.09
Visitor Count: 
56094
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Walk Through Time Trail; Big Stump; Scudder Pit; Petrified Forest Loop
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $3; Annual Park Pass: $15
Nearest Major City: 
Florissant, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Florissant, CO; Lake George, CO; Divide, CO; Woodland Park, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS)

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Devils Postpile National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Deanna M. Dulen

Devils Postpile National Monument was established in 1911 by presidential proclamation to protect and preserve the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery. A rare sight in the geologic world, the formation ranks as one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. The formation's columns tower up to 60 feet high, displaying an unusual symmetry.

Park Open Info: 
Summer (May 26, 2008)
Park Closed Info: 
Summer (specific date undetermined)
Park Acreage: 
798.46
Visitor Count: 
105303
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
San Joaquin River; Rainbow Falls
Entrance Fees: 
All visitors, regardless if they use the mandatory shuttle system, are camping, or drive their own vehicle, must pay a transportation fee in order to enter Reds Meadow Valley.
Nearest Major City: 
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Mammoth Lakes, CA; June Lake, CA; Lee Vining, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Reno Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

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Dinosaur National Monument

The largest land creatures of all time once roamed and died in the area now known as Dinosaur National Monument. Fragments of a long ago world are scattered among the craggy hills of the monument. The main exhibit wall of dinosaur fossils is closed, but some fossils can be seen by hiking 1/2 mile from the Temporary Visitor Center. Other highlights of the park include captivating rock art and scenery, homestead sites, and whitewater rafting.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
210278
Highest Point: 
Zenobia Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
9006 feet
Visitor Count: 
278473
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Yampa River; Green River
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $10; Motorcycle Pass (valid for seven days): $5-10; Dinosaur National Monument Pass:: $20;
Nearest Major City: 
Vernal, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Dinosaur, CO; Rangely, CO; Maybell, CO;
Nearby Airports: 
Vernal Regional Airport (VEL)

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Effigy Mounds National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Phyllis Ewing
Welcome to Effigy Mounds National Monument, which contains one of the finest mound groups in all America. A unique American Indian "Effigy Mound" culture developed in the upper Midwest before Europeans arrived, building thousands of earthen mounds in the shape of animals across the landscape. Over two-hundred mounds are preserved intact here today. Thirty-one of the magnificent mounds are effigies in the shape of bears and birds found along hiking trails.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
2526.39
Visitor Count: 
90199
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Blue Gill Pond; Fire Point; Mississippi River; Sny Magill; Yellow River; Marching Bear Group Mounds
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $3; Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $5; Effigy Mounds National Monument
Nearest Major City: 
Marquette, IA
Gateway Communities: 
Marquette, IA; Prairie du Chien, WI; Harpers Ferry, IA; Monona, IA; Eastman, WI
Nearby Airports: 
La Crosse Municipal Airport (LSE)

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Chiricahua National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Brian Carey
Chiricahua National Monument is a "Wonderland of Rocks" just waiting to be explored. Erosion and layers of ash deposited by the Turkey Creek Volcano eruption 27 million years ago are responsible for this magnificent forest of rock spires. The 8 mile paved scenic drive and 18 miles of day-use hiking trails give park goers the opportunity to discover the beauty, natural sounds, and inhabitants of this 11,985 acre site.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
11984.7
Highest Point: 
Massai Point
Highest Point Elevation: 
6870 feet
Visitor Count: 
61579
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Echo Canyon Loop; Sugarloaf Mountain; Natural Bridge; Faraway Ranch Historic District; Duck on a Rock; Punch & Judy; Kissing Rocks; Big Balanced Rock; The Big Loop
Endangered Species: 
Lesser Long-Long Nosed Bat; Jaguar
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $5; Chiricahua Park Pass (entrance for the pass owner and up to 3 other adults): $20; Individual Campground Fees: $12 per night ($6
Nearest Major City: 
Willcox, AZ
Gateway Communities: 
Pearce, AZ; Bowie, AZ; Rodeo, NM; Elfrida, AZ; Willcox, AZ;
Nearby Airports: 
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX); Tuscan International Airport (TUS)

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Colorado National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Joan Anzelmo
Preserving one of the grand landscapes of the American West, Colorado National Monument is bursting with sheer-walled canyons, towering monoliths, colorful formations, desert bighorn sheep, soaring eagles, and a spectacular road. Located within Colorado National Monument's 32 square miles is a fascinating landscape of deep canyons and soaring cliffs, reflecting the environment and history of the plateau-and-canyon country. The monument offers activities for visitors of all abilities and interests, including hiking, sightseeing and bicycling to name a few.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
20533.9
Highest Point: 
Rim Rock Drive
Highest Point Elevation: 
6673 feet
Visitor Count: 
332654
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Book Cliffs Overlook; Rim Rock Drive; Saddlehorn Campground; Serpents Trail; Uncompahgre Uplift; Colorado Plateau
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $4; Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $7; Colorado National Monument Annual Park Pass: $20;
Nearest Major City: 
Grand Junction, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Fruita, CO; Loma, CO; Mack, CO; Grand Junction, CO; Clifton, CO; Whitewater, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)

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Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Douglas Neighbor
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is comprised of a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. Described as "weird and scenic" this landscape could erupt at any moment. Whether you like to ski, snowshoe, or just walk around and explore, there is something for visitors of all abilities and interests to enjoy.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
304727
Highest Point: 
Pioneer Mountains
Highest Point Elevation: 
7729 feet
Visitor Count: 
176998
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Coyote Butte; Bearsden Waterhole; Little Prairie Waterhole; Yellowjacket Waterhole; Echo Crater;
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $4; Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $8
Nearest Major City: 
Arco, ID
Gateway Communities: 
Arco, ID; Carey, ID; Moore, ID; Picabo, ID
Nearby Airports: 
Friedman Memorial Airport (SUN); Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA)

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