Hiking

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Art Hutchinson
Welcome to the alpine tundra, forests, massive dunes, grasslands, and wetlands of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Come and explore the tallest dunes in North America! Whether hiking, sliding, exploring in a dunes wheelchair - or simply playing - the Great Sand Dunes are a unique wilderness area protected for all to enjoy.
Park Acreage: 
149512
Highest Point: 
Herard Ridge
Highest Point Elevation: 
10520 feet
Visitor Count: 
258660
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Medano Creek; High Dune; Star Dune; Mt. Herard; Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Endangered Species: 
Spider Flower
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $3; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $3; Annual Pass: $15
Nearest Major City: 
Alamosa, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Mosca, CO; Blanca, CO; Hooper, CO; Fort Garland, CO
Nearby Airports: 
San Luis Valley Regional Aiport/Bergman Field (KALS); City of Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS); Denver International Airport (DEN)

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Superintendent Name: 
John Lujan
Welcome to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, home of the world's finest example of a fossilized reef, a surprisingly complex and unique assemblage of flora and fauna, and West Texas' only legally designated wilderness. This hikers' paradise consists of more than 80 miles of trails scattered among woodland canyons, lush riparian springs, steep switchbacks, and rugged wilderness. Here, one can experience solitude, tranquility, and the joy of finding plants and animals whose mastery of survival renews our sense of wonder.
Park Acreage: 
86416
Highest Point: 
Guadalupe Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
8749 feet
Visitor Count: 
174157
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Chihuahuan Desert; Limestone Fossil Reef; Guadalupe Peak; El Capitan
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5
Nearest Major City: 
Carlsbad, NM
Gateway Communities: 
Salt Flat, TX; Whites City, NM; Dell City, TX
Nearby Airports: 
El Paso International Airport (ELP); Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (ABQ); Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB); Midland International Airport (MAF)

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Haleakala National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Marilyn Parris
Haleakala National Park is home to an abundance of endangered species, some of which exist nowhere else on earth! The park abounds with stories of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture, protecting the bond between the land and its people. Volcanic landscapes, sub-tropical rain forest and the unforgettable experience of hiking the backcountry make Haleakala a park you don't want to miss!
Park Acreage: 
29094
Highest Point: 
Red Hill
Highest Point Elevation: 
10023 feet
Visitor Count: 
1426068
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Haleakala Volcano; Kipahulu; Oheo Gulch
Endangered Species: 
Akepa; Nuku pu'u; Maui Parrotbill; Hawaiian Duck; Hawaiian Goose; Hawaiian Dark-rumped Petrel
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Motorcycle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10
Nearest Major City: 
Pukalani, HI
Gateway Communities: 
Kula, HI; Hana, HI; Pukalani, HI
Nearby Airports: 
Kahului Airport (OGG)

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Dale Ditmanson

Welcome to Great Smoky Mountains, comprised of ridge upon ridge of forest straddling the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The park is world renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture. With over 800 miles of trails, America's most visited national park is a hiker's paradise.

Park Acreage: 
521495
Highest Point: 
Clingman's Dome
Highest Point Elevation: 
6643 feet
Visitor Count: 
9289215
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mingus Mill; Mountain Farm Museum; Caldwell House; Gregg-Cable House; Hannah Cabin; Little Cataloochee Church; Noah "Bud" Ogle Cabin; Palmer Chapel; Grotto Falls; Laurel Falls; Abrams Falls; Rainbow Falls; Fontana Dam; Clingmans Dome
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Cherokee, NC; Knoxville, TN
Gateway Communities: 
Cherokee, NC; Whittier, NC; Bryson City, NC; Gatlinburg, TN; Dillsboro, NC
Nearby Airports: 
McGhee-Tyson Airport (TYS); Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)

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Great Basin National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Cindy Nielsen

In the shadow of Great Basin National Park's 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Great Basin offers the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Full of wonders, Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery.

Park Acreage: 
77180
Highest Point: 
Wheeler Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
13063 feet
Visitor Count: 
78524
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Lehman Caves; Lexington Arch; Wheeler Peak; Johnson Lake Mine; Lehman Orchard; Lehman Aqueduct; Rhodes Cabin
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Ely, NV
Gateway Communities: 
Baker, NV; Garrison, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Cedar City Regional Airport (CDC); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC); Mc Carran International Airport (LAS)

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Grand Canyon National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Stephen Martin
At 277 river-miles long, an average of ten miles wide and nearly one mile deep, the Grand Canyon is widely proclaimed as one of the wonders of the natural world. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate this immense canyon that will surely overwhelm your senses.
Park Acreage: 
1.2174e+06
Highest Point: 
Lookout Tower Ridge
Highest Point Elevation: 
9180 feet
Visitor Count: 
4279439
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Grand Canyon of the Colorado River; Bright Angel Lodge; Canyon View Plaza; Desert View Watchtower; El Tovar Hotel; Hermit's Rest; Kolb Studio; Mather Point; Yavapai Observation Station
Endangered Species: 
Humpback Chub; Razorback Sucker; Kanab Ambersnail; California Brown Pelican; Yuma Clapper Rail; Southwestern Willow Flycatcher
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25
Nearest Major City: 
Flagstaff, AZ; Fredonia, AZ
Gateway Communities: 
Grand Canyon, AZ; North Rim, AZ
Nearby Airports: 
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS); Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX); Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG)

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Grand Teton National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Mary Gibson-Scott
Welcome to Grand Teton National Park, where the majestic Teton Range rises impressively along the western edge of the scenic valley known as Jackson Hole. Here you will experience the captivating natural beauty that has drawn appreciative visitors to the area for generations. Whether you've come to relax and take in the view or to actively explore Grand Teton's many offerings, you will be rewarded with opportunities to get closer to the region's unique natural and human history.
Park Acreage: 
309995
Highest Point: 
Grand Teton
Highest Point Elevation: 
13770 feet
Visitor Count: 
2406476
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Jackson Hole; Snake River; Chapel of Transfiguration; Menors Ferry
Endangered Species: 
Gray Wolf; Grizzly Bear; Lynx; Whooping Crane
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $12;Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $25; Motorcycle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Winter Day Use Pass: $5
Nearest Major City: 
Jackson, WY
Gateway Communities: 
Moran, WY; Moose, WY; Jackson, WY; Kelly, WY; Teton Village, WY
Nearby Airports: 
Jackson Hole Airport (JAC); Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

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Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Dave Mills
Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve is a remote wilderness area located above the Arctic Circle and far from any roads. With careful planning, visitors can access the Park and Preserve by taking a bush plane from a local village or by hiking in from the Dalton Highway or the village of Anaktuvuk Pass. Traveling through this vast wilderness, you will discover craggy ridges, glacier carved valleys and fragile flowers. Come and experience solitude in the intact ecosystems of the park, where people have lived with the land for thousands of years.
Park Acreage: 
8.47252e+06
Highest Point: 
Mount Igikpak
Highest Point Elevation: 
8276 feet
Visitor Count: 
9982
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Rocky Mountains; Aurora Borealis; Alatna River; John River; Kobuk River; Noatak River; North Fork of the Koyukuk River; Tinayguk River; Brooks Range
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Fairbanks, AK
Gateway Communities: 
Coldfoot, AK; Bettles, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Fairbanks International Airport (FAI)

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Glacier National Park (part of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park)

Superintendent Name: 
Michael O. Holm
Glacier National Park encompasses a region of mountains in the northwest corner of Montana that abuts Waterton Lakes National Park in southwestern Alberta. Glacier's pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, spectacular lakes, and 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker's paradise. Discover what awaits you and relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans.
Park Acreage: 
1.01357e+06
Highest Point: 
Mount Cleveland
Highest Point Elevation: 
10466 feet
Visitor Count: 
1964399
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Great Northern Railway; Marias Pass; Going-to-the-Sun Road
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $15; Glacier National Park Annual Pass: $35
Nearest Major City: 
Kalispell, MT
Gateway Communities: 
West Glacier, MT; Coram, MT; Martin City, MT; Hungry Horse, MT; Babb, MT; Columbia Falls, MT
Nearby Airports: 
Glacier Park International Airport (FCA); Great Falls International Airport (GTF); Missoula International Airport (MSO)

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Death Valley National Park

Superintendent Name: 
J T Reynolds
Death Valley is world renowned for its colorful and complex geology. Its extremes of elevation support a great diversity of life, and provide a natural geologic museum that represents a substantial portion of the earth's history. This region is also the ancestral homeland of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe. The Timbisha took advantage of the natural order of this region, establishing a pattern of life in concert with nature.
Park Acreage: 
3.3724e+06
Highest Point: 
Telescope Peak
Highest Point Elevation: 
11048 feet
Visitor Count: 
744440
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Scotty's Castle; Rhyolite Ghost Town; Ballarat; Chloride City; Greenwater; Harrisburg; Leadfield; Panamint City; Skidoo
Endangered Species: 
Devils Hole Pupfish; Eureka Dunes Evening-Primrose; Western Snowy Plover; California Least Turn; Southwestern Willow Flycatcher; San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $10
Nearest Major City: 
Pahrump, NV
Gateway Communities: 
Death Valley, CA; Darwin, CA; Amargosa Valley, NV; Beatty, NV; Keeler, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS); Furnace Creek (LO6)

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