Hiking

Mammoth Cave National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Patrick H. Reed
Mammoth Cave National Park was established to preserve its remarkable cave system (the longest recorded cave system in the world), the scenic valleys of the Green and Nolin rivers, and a section of south central Kentucky. A very popular destination for families and day-trippers, the land surrounding the caves affords visitors great fishing and day hiking in addition to all that the underground world has to offer.
Park Acreage: 
52830
Highest Point: 
Mammoth Cave Ridge
Highest Point Elevation: 
930 feet
Visitor Count: 
597934
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Bottomless Pit; Green River Bluffs Overlook; Nolin River; Fat Man's Misery; Cleaveland Avenue; Mammoth Dome; Old Guide's Cemetery; Turnhole Bend; Rotunda; Engine No. 4; The Big Woods; Chief City; Cave Island; Cedar Sink; Sloan's Crossing Pond; Good Springs Church; Sand Cave; Frozen Niagara; River Styx Spring; Cathedral Domes
Endangered Species: 
Birds; Crustaceans; Fish; Gastropods; Insects; Mammals; Mussels; Plants; Reptiles
Entrance Fees: 
Mammoth Passage Tour: $5 (adult), $3.50 (youth), $2.50 (senior); Historic Tour: $12 (adult), $8 (youth), $6 (senior)
Nearest Major City: 
Cave City, KY
Gateway Communities: 
Mammoth Cave, KY; Park City, KY; Cave City, KY; Rocky Hill, KY; Smiths Grove, KY; Horse Cave, KY; Lindseyville, KY; Sweeden, KY
Nearby Airports: 
Louisville International (SDF); Nashville (BNA); Lexington Blue Grass Airport (LEX); Evansville (EVV)

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Mesa Verde National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Larry Wiese
Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people. The Pueblo people made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.
Park Acreage: 
52122
Highest Point: 
Park Point Lookout
Highest Point Elevation: 
8571 feet
Visitor Count: 
557248
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Puebloan Cliff Dwellings; Spruce Tree House; Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum; Mesa Top Loop Road; Cliff Palace; Balcony House; Far View Sites Complex; Long House; Step House
Endangered Species: 
Fish Hook Cactus; Peregrine Falcon (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5-$8 (seasonal); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10-$15 (seasonal); Mesa Verde Annual Pass: $30; Commercial Tour Fees (valid for 7 days): $25 +$5-$8 per person (seasonal)
Nearest Major City: 
Cortez, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Mancos, CO; Cortez, CO; Dolores, CO; Lewis, CO; Hesperus, CO; Yellow Jacket, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Cortez Municipal Airport (CEZ); Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO); Four Corners Regional Airport (FMN)

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Kobuk Valley National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Vacant

Sand dunes, the Kobuk River, Onion Portage, and the Baird Mountains are just some of the facets of Kobuk Valley National Park. Half a million caribou migrate through, their tracks crisscrossing the sand-sculpted dunes. The Kobuk River is an ancient and current path for people and wildlife. For 9,000 years, people came to Onion Portage to harvest caribou as they swam the river. Even today, that rich tradition continues.

Park Acreage: 
1.75042
Highest Point: 
Mount Angayukaqsraq
Highest Point Elevation: 
4750 feet
Visitor Count: 
3005
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Baird Mountains; Kobuk River
Endangered Species: 
Grizzly Bear; Common Loon
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Fairbanks, AK
Gateway Communities: 
Ambler, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Fairbanks International Airport (FAI); Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)

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Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Joel Hard

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve is a composite of ecosystems representing distinctly different regions of Alaska. The spectacular scenery stretches from the shores of Cook Inlet, across the Chigmits, where the Alaska and Aleutian ranges meet, are an awesome sight - a jagged array of mountains and glaciers that include two active volcanoes: Mount Redoubt and Mount Iliamna.

Park Acreage: 
4.04531
Highest Point: 
Redoubt Volcano
Highest Point Elevation: 
10197 feet
Visitor Count: 
5320
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Chigmit Mountains; Lake Clark; Mount Redoubt; Mount Iliama; Bristol Bay; Tanalian Falls; Kontrashibuna Lake
Endangered Species: 
Peregrine Falcon (threatened); Bald Eagle (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Anchorage, AK
Gateway Communities: 
Port Alsworth, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC); Kenai; Homer Airport (HOM)

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Joshua Tree National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Curtis L Sauer
The twisted, bristled trees and intriguing rocky landscape give the impression that Joshua Tree National Park was ripped from the pages of a Dr. Seuss book. The park encompasses some of the most interesting geologic features found in California's desert areas while the presence of water, the rarest of desert commodities, allows life to flourish.
Park Acreage: 
789745
Highest Point: 
Quail Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
5820 feet
Visitor Count: 
1256421
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Colorado Desert; Mojave Desert; Bernadino Mountains; Sonoran Desert; Black Rock Canyon; Skull Rock; Indian Cove; Cottonwood Spring; Covington Flats
Endangered Species: 
Coachella Valley Milk Vetch; Desert Tortoise (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $15; Joshua Tree National Park Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Twenty-nine Palms, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Joshua Tree, CA; Twentynine Palms, CA; Yucca Valley, CA; Pioneertown, CA; Morongo Valley, CA; Desert Center, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Los Angeles National Airport (LAX)

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Kenai Fjords National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Jeff Mow
Kenai Fjords national Park is a dramatic glacial landscape of ice, tidewater glaciers, deeply chiseled fjords and jagged peninsulas - 607,805 acres of unspoiled wilderness on the southeast coast of Alaska's Kenai Peninsula. The park is capped by the Harding Icefield, a relic from past ice-ages and the largest icefield entirely within U.S. borders. At Kenai, visitors can witness a landscape continuously shaped by glaciers, earthquakes and storms.
Park Open Info: 
Year-round; Kenai Fjords Information Center opens May 21; Exit Glacier Nature Center opens May 21
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round; Kenai Fjords Information Center closes September 29; Exit Glacier Nature Center closes September 29
Park Acreage: 
669541
Highest Point: 
McCarty Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
6450 feet
Visitor Count: 
251630
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Harding Icefield; Kenai Lake Road; Moose Pass; Exit Glacier; Chiswell Islands
Endangered Species: 
Bald Eagle (threatened); Grizzly Bear; Humpback Whale
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Seward, AK
Gateway Communities: 
Seward, AK; Moose Pass, AK; Cooper Landing, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Kenai Municipal Airport (ENA); Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)

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Katmai National Park and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Ralph Moore

Katmai National Park and Preserve is justly famous for volcanoes, brown bears, fish and rugged wilderness. The park also has some noteworthy historic features - it is the site of the Brooks River National Historic Landmark, with North America's highest concentration of prehistoric human dwellings (about 900). If volcanic activity was what originally sparked the interest of the National Park Service, population of brown bears continues to be one of the area's most salient features and major attractions.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round; Brooks Camp opens June 1
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round; Brooks Camp closes September 17
Park Acreage: 
4.12408
Highest Point: 
Griggs Mountain - Knife Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
7650 feet
Visitor Count: 
68630
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Fure's Cabin; Naknek Lake; Fisheries Building; Brooks Camp; Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes
Endangered Species: 
Grizzly Bear
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
King Salmon, AK
Gateway Communities: 
King Salmon, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC); King Salmon Airport (AKN)

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Cindy Orlando
Seventy million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution have created not only unique ecosystems, but also a distinct human culture in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park . The park highlights two of the world's most active volcanoes. It also offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.
Park Acreage: 
333086
Highest Point: 
Mauna Loa
Highest Point Elevation: 
13679 feet
Visitor Count: 
1612246
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mauna Loa Volcano; Pu`uloa Petroglyphs; Kilauea Volcano
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Hawai`i Tri-park Annual Pass: $25
Nearest Major City: 
Hilo, HI
Gateway Communities: 
Volcano, HI; Mountain View, HI; Kurtistown, HI; Keaau, HI; Hilo, HI
Nearby Airports: 
Hilo International Airport (ITO); Kona International Airport at Keahol (KOA)

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Isle Royale National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Phyllis Green
Accessible only by boat or seaplane, visitors come to experience this island park through hiking its trails, paddling its inland waterways, exploring its rugged coast, or venturing into the depth of its shipwrecks. Isle Royale's physical isolation and primitive wilderness challenged human use for centuries; ironically today it has become the Island's main attraction.
Park Open Info: 
16-Apr
Park Closed Info: 
1-Nov
Park Acreage: 
571790
Highest Point: 
Mount Desor
Highest Point Elevation: 
1394 feet
Visitor Count: 
17070
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Lake Superior; Scoville Point; Rock Harbor; Windigo
Endangered Species: 
Gray Wolf
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass: $4 per day; Individual Season Pass: $50; Season Boat Rider Pass: $150
Nearest Major City: 
Duluth, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Copper Harbor, MI; Grand Portage, MN; Houghton, MI; Hancock, MI; Dodgeville, MI; Atlantic Mine, MI; Dollar Bay, MI; South Range, MI; Painesdale, MI; Mason, MI; Chassell, MI; Hubbell, MI; Calumet, MI; Toivola, MI; Lake Linden, MI; Allouez, MI; Wolverine, MI; Kearsarge, MI; Hovland, MN; Ahmeek, MI;
Nearby Airports: 
Houghton County Memorial Airport (CMX)

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Hot Springs National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Josie Fernandez

Situated in the oak-pine forest Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas's Hot Springs National Park is a four season destination. Whether a romantic weekend getaway or a family trip, this national park offers a combination of relaxation and exploration in a historic and natural setting. Coined "the American Spa", the therapeutic waters of this national park have lured tourists for over 200 years.

Park Acreage: 
5550
Highest Point: 
Music Mountain
Highest Point Elevation: 
1410 feet
Visitor Count: 
1273456
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Bathhouse Row; Grand Promenade; Fordyce Bathhouse; Gulpha Creek; North Mountain Drive; West Mountain Drive
Endangered Species: 
None
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Hot Springs, AR
Gateway Communities: 
Royal, AR; Mountain, AR; Lonsdale, AR; Pearcy, AR; Hot Springs Village, AR; Bismarck, AR; Bonnerdale, AR; Malvern, AR; Jessieville, AR
Nearby Airports: 
Hot Springs Memorial Field (HOT); Little Rock National Airport (LIT)

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