Hiking

Walking & Hiking

More than 350 miles of trails lead to crystal-clear mountain lakes, lacy waterfalls and breathtaking views for hikers of every skill level, from easy and flat to vertical ascents that challenge the most experienced hiker.  If the plans for your trek include an overnight stay in the backcountry, you'll need ...

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Things To Do

Although Acadia is dazzling in summer, the park’s beauty flourishes throughout the year. By land and by sea there is no such thing as an off-season at Acadia. SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL Amphitheater Programs In the evening, Acadia’s two campgrounds present free programs in their centrally located amphitheaters. Programs span a range ...

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Yosemite National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Michael Tollefson
Yosemite National Park, one of the first national parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls and impressive granite walls. Within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can also find deep valleys, sprawling meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada John Muir describes as "the heart of the world".
Park Acreage: 
747956
Highest Point: 
Mount Lyell
Highest Point Elevation: 
13114 feet
Visitor Count: 
3242644
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Yosemite Valley; Bridalveil Fall; Yosemite Falls; El Capitan; Half Dome; Happy Isles; Mirror Lake; Mirror Meadow; Valley View Turnout; Tunnel View; Wawona; Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias; Glacier Point; Badger Pass Ski Area; Hetch Hetchy; Tioga Road; High Country; Olmsted Point; Tenaya Lake; Tuolomne Meadows
Endangered Species: 
Red-legged Frogs (threatened); Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs (threatened); Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep (threatened); Limestone Salamander (threatened); Giant Garter Snake (threatened); Great Gray Owl; Willow Flycatcher; Sierra Nevada Red Fox (threatened); California Wolverine (threatened); Thompson's Sedge; Yosemite Onion; Congdon's Lewisia; Congdon's Woolly Sunflower; Peregrine Falcon; Southern Bald Eagle; Yosemite Woolly Sunflower (threatened); Congdon's Lewisia (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass: $10 (on foot, horseback, motorcycle); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Commercial Tour Fees: $25-300 (varies depending on seating capacity); Yosemite Annual Pass: $40
Nearest Major City: 
Mariposa, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Fish Camp, CA; El Portal, CA; Mather, CA; Lee Vining; Oakhurst, CA; Bass Lake, CA; Wishon, CA; Ahwahnee, CA; Midpines, CA; Coarsegold, CA; Groveland, CA; Big Oak Flat, CA; Mariposa, CA; Auberry, CA; Soulsbyville, CA; Twain Harte, CA; Hayward, CA; Strawberry, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT); Merced Airport (MCE); Modesto City-County Airport (MOD); San Francisco International Airport (SFO); Oakland International Airport (OAK); San Jose International Airport (SJC); Sacramento International Airport (SMF); Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

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Zion National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Jock Whitworth
Zion National Park offers some of America's most beautiful and adventure inspiring landscapes. Day and overnight visitors to the Utah playground are greeted with endless desert trails, precipitous canyon walls, magnificent wildflowers, and breathtakingly open skies. A dream destination for summer or winter outdoor enthusiasts, this southwestern park will please both those who want to sightsee and soak up the fascinating Native American history, and those who want to run, bike, hike, and swim their way into the "red earth" sunset.
Park Acreage: 
146598
Highest Point: 
Horse Ranch Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
8726 feet
Visitor Count: 
2567350
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
The Watchman; West Temple; Great White Throne; Angels Landing; Weeping Rock; Observation Point; Riverside Walk; Virgin River; Kolob Canyon; Double Arch Alcove; Kolob Arch; Checkerboard Mesa
Endangered Species: 
Mexican Spotted Owl; Shivwits Milkvetch; Southwest Willow Flycatcher; Desert Tortoise; Zion Snail; Virgin Spinedace; Peregrine Falcon (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12 per person (pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle) not to exceed $25 per family; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25; Commercial Tour Fees: $35-$190 (varies depending on seating capacity)
Nearest Major City: 
Springdale, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Springdale, UT; Rockville, UT; Kanarraville, UT; New Harmony, UT; Virgin, UT; Mount Carmel, UT; Orderville, UT; Toquerville, UT; Leeds, UT; La Verkin, UT; Cedar City, UT; Glendale, UT; Hurricane, UT; Kanab, UT; Saint George, UT
Nearby Airports: 
McCarran International Airport (LAS); St. George Municipal Airport (SGU)

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Meg Jensen

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is the point where the Chugach, Wrangell and St. Elias mountain ranges all converge in what is often referred to as the "mountain kingdom of North America." This is the largest unit of the National Park System. The park includes the continent's largest assemblage of glaciers and the greatest collection of peaks above 16,000 feet.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round (many park facilities close during the winter season)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (many park facilities close during the winter season)
Park Acreage: 
1.31881
Highest Point: 
Mount Saint Elias
Highest Point Elevation: 
18008 feet
Visitor Count: 
50336
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mount St. Elias; Kennecott; Chitina; Liberty Falls Trail; Nabesna; McCarthy Road; Root Glacier Trail
Endangered Species: 
Grizzly Bear; Lynx; Stellar Sea-lion (threatened); Kittlitz's Murrelets (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Anchorage, AK
Gateway Communities: 
McCarthy, AK; Nabesna, AK; Slana, AK; Galkana, AK; Chitina, AK; Glennallen, AK; Tok, AK; Valdez, AK; Cordova, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)

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Wind Cave National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Vidal Davila
One of the world's longest and most complex caves - a sprawling 28,295 acres of mixed-grass prairie, ponderosa pine forest and associated wildlife. The cave is well-known for its outstanding display of boxwork, an unusual cave formation composed of thin calcite fins resembling honeycombs. The park's mixed-grass prairie is one of the few remaining and is home to native wildlife such as elk, pronghorn, bison, coyotes, mule deer and prairie dogs.
Park Acreage: 
28295
Highest Point: 
Rankin Ridge
Highest Point Elevation: 
5013 feet
Visitor Count: 
591049
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Wind Cave; Elk Mountain Campground
Endangered Species: 
Prerigrine Falcon; Black-footed Ferret; Pronghorn Antelope (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Free (cave tour fees apply)
Nearest Major City: 
Rapid City, SD
Gateway Communities: 
Pringle, SD; Hot Springs, SD; Buffalo Gap, SD; Custer, SD; Oral, SD; Smithwick, SD; Oelrichs, SD; Fairburn, SD; Edgemont, SD; Hermosa, SD; Keystone, SD
Nearby Airports: 
Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP)

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Yellowstone National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Suzanne Lewis
Yellowstone is the world's first national park and one of the largest in the contiguous United States. Sprawling across volcanic plateaus in the northwest corner of Wyoming, Yellowstone contains more than 2 million acres of steaming geysers, crystalline lakes, thundering waterfalls and panoramic vistas.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round (some roads close during the winter season)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (some roads close during the winter season)
Park Acreage: 
2.22177e+06
Highest Point: 
Eagle Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
11367 feet
Visitor Count: 
2870295
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mammoth Hot Springs; Old Faithful; Norris and Firehole River Geyser Basins; Grand Prismatic Sping; Morning Glory Pool; Yellowstone Lake; West Thumb Geyser Basin; Tower Fall; Petrified Forest; Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone; Hayden Valley
Endangered Species: 
Grizzly Bear; Bald Eagle (threatened); Canada Lynx; Gray Wolf
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12; Motorcycle or Snowmobile Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25; Annual Park Pass: $50
Nearest Major City: 
West Yellowstone, MT; Jackson, WY
Gateway Communities: 
West Yellowstone, MT; Gardiner, MT; Silver Gate, MT; Cooke City, MT; Macks Inn, ID; Island Park, ID; Moran, WY; Emigrant, MT; Wapiti, WY; Pray, MT; Moose, WY; Squirrel, ID; Roscoe, MT; Big Sky, MT; Felt, ID; Tetonia, ID; Nye, MT
Nearby Airports: 
Billings Logan International Airport (BIL); Gallatin Field Airport (BZN); Yellowstone Regional Airport (COD); Jackson Hole Airport (JAC); Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA); Yellowstone Airport (WYS)

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Valerie Naylor
"I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota," state Theodore Roosevelt years after visiting the Badlands. He first stumbled upon the area in September 1883 on a hunting trip. While here he became interested in the cattle business and invested in the Maltese Cross Ranch. His legacy lives on within the borders of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Park Acreage: 
70447
Highest Point: 
Peck Hill
Highest Point Elevation: 
2870 feet
Visitor Count: 
435359
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Maltese Cross Cabin; Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch
Endangered Species: 
Bighorn Sheep; Black-footed Ferret
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5 (visitors on foot, bicycle, horse); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Theodore Roosevelt National Park Annual Park Pass: $20 per vehicle; Commercial Tour Fees: $25-$150 (varies depending on seating capacity)
Nearest Major City: 
Dickinson, ND
Gateway Communities: 
Medora, ND; Watford City, ND; Grassy Butte, ND; Sentinel Butte, ND; Belfield, ND; Beach, ND; South Heart, ND; Arnegard, ND; Wibaux, MT; Dickinson, ND
Nearby Airports: 
Bismarck Municiipal Airport (BIS); Dickinson Regional Airport (DIK); Williston Airport (ISN)

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Virgin Islands National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Mark Hardgrove
Virgin Islands National Park's breath-taking beaches sprawl across the island of St. John. Within its 7,000 plus acres is a complex history of civilizations - both free and enslaved - dating back more than a thousand years. Discover who utilized the land and the sea for survival in this tropical setting.
Park Acreage: 
15150
Highest Point: 
Bordeux Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
1300 feet
Visitor Count: 
677289
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Trunk Bay; Cinnamon Bay; Hawksnest; Annaberg Ruins; Centerline Road; Reef Bay Sugar Mill; Catherineburg
Endangered Species: 
St. Thomas Lidflower; Prickly Ash; Marron Bacora (threatened); Bats
Entrance Fees: 
Free; Trunk Bay - Adults: $4
Nearest Major City: 
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Gateway Communities: 
Coral Bay; Johns Folly; Cruz Bay
Nearby Airports: 
Cyril E. King Airport (STT); Charlotte Amalie Harbor Seaplane Base (SPB)

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