Hiking

Cedar Breaks National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Paul Roelandt

People have been visiting Cedar Breaks area for over 9,000 years. The monument rests on top of the Colorado plateau and at over 10,000 feet in elevation offers breathtaking views. The park's giant amphitheater, more than 2,000 feet deep, has been carved by millions of years of sedimentation, uplift, and erosion.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
6154.6
Highest Point: 
Colorado Plateau
Highest Point Elevation: 
10662 feet
Visitor Count: 
488376
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Spectra Point/Ramparts Overlook Trail; Alpine Pond Nature Trail; Rattlesnake Creek Trail; Cedar Breaks Historic Lodge; Historic Visitor Center; Pink Cliffs
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $4; Tour Groups/Commercial Vehicles (1
Nearest Major City: 
Cedar City, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Cedar City, UT; Brian Head, UT ; Parowan, UT; Paragonah, UT; Summit, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC)

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Scott Travis
Canyon de Chelly National Monument reflects one of the longest continuously inhabited landscapes of North America and boasts distinctive cultural resources such as architecture, artifacts, and rock imagery. The remarkable preservation integrity of the monument provides outstanding opportunities for study and contemplation. In addition, this great historical and spiritual landscape sustains a living community of Navajo people. Comprised entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust Land that remains home to the canyon community, Canyon de Chelly is unique among National Park service units.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
83840
Highest Point: 
Spider Rock
Highest Point Elevation: 
6871 feet
Visitor Count: 
826635
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Tseyi Overlook; White House
Entrance Fees: 
Canyon Hiking: $15 per hour (Hiking within the canyon requires a Park Service permit and an authorized Navajo guide, except along the 2.5-mile (4-km) White House Ruins Trail. One guide may take up to 15 people for $15 per hour. )
Nearest Major City: 
Chinle, AZ
Gateway Communities: 
Chinle, AZ; Many Farms, AZ; Nazlini, AZ; Tsaile, AZ; Ganado, AZ; Round Rock, AZ
Nearby Airports: 
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX); Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ); Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG)

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Capulin Volcano National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Christopher Moos

Nearly 60,000 years ago the rain of cooling cinders formed Capulin Volcano National Monument's Capulin Volcano, a nearly perfectly-shaped cinder cone, rising more than 1,000 feet above the encompassing landscape. Mammoths, giant bison, and short-faced bears were there to witness the earthquakes and firework-like explosions which hurled molten rock thousands of feet into the air. Come and witness the park for yourself today.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
792.84
Highest Point: 
Capulin Volcano
Highest Point Elevation: 
8182 feet
Visitor Count: 
49823
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Capulin Volcano; High Plains
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $5; Annual Pass (valid for one year): $10
Nearest Major City: 
Raton, NM
Gateway Communities: 
Capulin, NM; Folsom, NM; Folsom, NM; Branson, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ); City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS); Denver International Airport (DEN); Amarillo International Airport (AMA)

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Cabrillo National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Tom Workman
Cabrillo National Monument boasts the story of John Rodriguez Cabrillo, who upon climbing out of his boat and onto shore in 1542, stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to this rich historic story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a bounty of cultural and natural resources. Come visit the park and embark on your own Voyage of Discovery!
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
159.94
Highest Point: 
Old Point Loma Lighthouse
Highest Point Elevation: 
422 feet
Visitor Count: 
804826
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Pacific Ocean; New Point Loma Lighthouse; Old Point Loma Lighthouse; San Diego Harbor
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $3; Motorcycle Pass (valid for seven days): $3; Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $5
Nearest Major City: 
San Diego, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Coronado, CA ; San Diego, CA; National City, CA; Chula Vista, CA; Imperial Beach, CA; Lemon Grove, CA
Nearby Airports: 
San Diego International Airport (SAN)

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Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Karren Brown
Take a visit to Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument and you'll find yourself standing where an ancient civilization once lived, surrounded by colorful flint that was used to make weapons and tools. Alibates flint is a beautiful multi-colored stone that is only found in an exposed form in and around the park. There are 736 largely unexcavated quarry pits located within the park that reflect its long story of continuous excavation and use.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
1370
Visitor Count: 
1882
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Canadian Breaks; Canadian River; Bigfoot Petroglyph
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Amarillo, TX
Gateway Communities: 
Amarillo, TX; Fritch, TX
Nearby Airports: 
Amarillo International Airport (AMA)

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Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Ralph Moore
Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve is one of the least visited units of the National Park System, due to its remote location and notoriously bad weather. However, this vibrant reminder of Alaska's location in the volcanically active "Ring of Fire," is truly impressive. One of the highlights of the park is a magnificent six-mile wide, 2,500 ft. deep caldera formed during a massive eruption 3,500 years ago.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
602779
Highest Point: 
Aniakchak Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
4400 feet
Visitor Count: 
60
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Aniakchak River; Aniakchak Caldera; Aniakchak Wild River; Aleutian Mountains; Surprise Lake
Endangered Species: 
Stellar Sea Lion
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
King Salmon, AK
Gateway Communities: 
King Salmon, AK
Nearby Airports: 
King Salmon Airport (AKN)

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Bandelier National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Darlene Koontz

About 600 years ago, the ancestors of modern Pueblo people built thriving communities in the area called Bandelier. Bandelier National Monument encompasses several thousand Ancestral Pueblo dwellings, found scattered among the pink mesas and sheer-walled canyons of the park.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
33676.7
Highest Point: 
Cerro Grande
Highest Point Elevation: 
10200 feet
Visitor Count: 
243765
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Long House; Jemez Mountains; Cerro Grande; Frijoles Creek; Rio Grande; Pajarito Plateau;
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $12; Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $6; Bandelier National Monument Annual Pass: $30; Tour Groups/Commercial Vehicles (1
Nearest Major City: 
Santa Fe, NM
Gateway Communities: 
Los Alamos, NM; White Rock, NM; Santa Fe, NM; Santa Clara, NM; Espanola, NM; Santa Cruz, NM
Nearby Airports: 
Los Alamos Airport (LAM); Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF)

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Agate Fossil Beds National Monument

Superintendent Name: 
Ruthann Knudson
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is home to bones preserved in one of the most complete Miocene mammal sites in the world. Discovered by Lakot Sioux and rediscovered by scientists in the 1890s, Agate is a landscape that reflects many players, from early animals roaming the valleys and hills, to tribal nations calling the High Plains home, to explorers and ranchers passing through or settling in the American West.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round
Park Acreage: 
3055.22
Visitor Count: 
12997
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Niobrara River
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for seven days): $3; Vehicle Pass (valid for seven days): $5; Annual Park Pass: $15
Nearest Major City: 
Harrison, NE
Gateway Communities: 
Munising, NE; Grand Marais, NE
Nearby Airports: 
Western Nebraska Regional Airport (BFF)

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Trails of Yellowstone

These self-guiding trails are easy walks on which most points of interest are labeled to foster a greater understanding of nature. For more information, see Yellowstone Today or consult the self-guiding pamphlets available at visitor centers and trailheads. Addional trails wind throughout the park; check at a ranger station ...

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Walking & Hiking

Most of Yellowstone's 2.2 million acres is backcountry interspersed with approximately 1,000 miles of backcountry trails that run through a variety of terrain. (Dogs, except service animals with required permits, and bicycles are not allowed on any trails.) Be prepared before setting out on a day hike. Park rangers can ...

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