Hiking

Denali National Park and Preserve

Superintendent Name: 
Paul Anderson
Welcome to Denali National Park and Preserve, which is more than just a mountain! Denali's dynamic glaciated landscape supports a diversity of wildlife with grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and moose. Summer slopes are graced with birds and wildflowers. Visitors enjoy sightseeing, backpacking, mountaineering, and research opportunities. Whether climbing or admiring, the crowning jewel of North America's highest peak is the awe inspiring 20,320 foot Mount McKinley.
Park Acreage: 
6.02809e+06
Highest Point: 
Mount McKinley
Highest Point Elevation: 
20320 feet
Visitor Count: 
1178745
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Mount McKinley; Denali Fault System
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $10
Nearest Major City: 
Healey, AK
Gateway Communities: 
Healy, AK; Cantwell, AK
Nearby Airports: 
Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC); Fairbanks International Airport (FAI)

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Everglades National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Dan Kimball
Everglades National Park, the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the continental United States, is located less than an hour's drive from Miami. This unparalleled wildlife sanctuary protects an incredible diversity of mammals, birds, fish and flora and boasts rare and endangered species, such as the American crocodile, Florida panther, and West Indian manatee.
Park Acreage: 
1.50854e+06
Highest Point: 
Grossman Hammock
Highest Point Elevation: 
12 feet
Visitor Count: 
954022
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Florida Bay
Endangered Species: 
American crocodile; Green Turtle; Atlantic Ridley Turtle; Atlantic Hawksbill Turtle; Atlantic Leatherback Turtle; Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow; Snail (Everglades) Kite; Wood Stork; West Indian Manatee; Florida Panther; Key Largo Wood Rat; Key Largo Cotton Mouse; Red-cockaded Woodpecker; Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly; Garber's Spurge
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; Everglades National Park Annual Pass: $25
Nearest Major City: 
Florida City, FL
Gateway Communities: 
Everglades City, FL; Chokoloskee, FL; Copeland, FL; Ochopee, FL; Homestead, FL
Nearby Airports: 
Miami International Aiirport (MIA)

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Congaree National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Tracy Swartout
Congaree National Park is home to the largest remnant of old-growth floodplain forest remaining on the continent! Experience beauty and tranquility as you visit the national and state champion trees in the park, towering to a record size amidst astonishing biodiversity. Walk, paddle or just take it easy within this dynamic floodplain ecosystem.
Park Acreage: 
26546
Highest Point: 
"Cedar Heights"
Highest Point Elevation: 
145 feet
Visitor Count: 
134045
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Cattle Mounds; Weston Lake
Endangered Species: 
Red-cockaded Woodpecker; Bog Mint; Fox Squirrel
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Columbia, SC
Gateway Communities: 
Gadsden, SC; Hopkins, SC; Pinewood, SC; Eastover, SC; Columbia, SC
Nearby Airports: 
Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)

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Crater Lake National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Chuck Lundy
Welcome to Crater Lake National Park, located in Southern Oregon on the crest of the Cascade Mountain range, 100 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Crater Lake has inspired people for hundreds of years with its deep, blue lake, surrounding 2,000 foot high cliffs, two picturesque islands, and tumultuous volcanic past. It is a place of exceptional beauty, as it lies inside a caldera created when the Mount Mazama collapsed 7,700 years ago following a large eruption.
Park Acreage: 
183224
Highest Point: 
Mount Scott
Highest Point Elevation: 
8929 feet
Visitor Count: 
388972
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Crater Lake; Munson Valley; Rim Village
Endangered Species: 
American Peregrine Falcon; Gray Wolf; Columbian White-tailed Deer; Pumice Grapefern
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10
Nearest Major City: 
Medford, OR
Gateway Communities: 
Fort Klamath, OR; Prospect, OR; Chemult, OR; Chiloquin, OR
Nearby Airports: 
Medford Airport (MFR)

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Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Superintendent Name: 
John P. Debo, Jr.
Although Cuyahoga Valley is located near the urban environments of Cleveland and Akron, it remains in a world of its own. Named the "crooked river" by American Indians, the winding Cuyahoga gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. The park is abound with flora and fauna, gives a sense of times past, and provides a refuge Ohio's residents and visitors to experience recreation and solitude.
Park Acreage: 
32776
Highest Point: 
Metro Point (Metro Parks)
Highest Point Elevation: 
1175 feet
Visitor Count: 
2468816
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Cuyahoga River; Ohio & Erie Canal Townpath
Endangered Species: 
Indian Bat; Piping Plover
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Akron, OH
Gateway Communities: 
Peninsula, OH; Niles, OH; Hudson, OH; Richfield, OH; Bath, OH; Brecksville, OH
Nearby Airports: 
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE); Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK)

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Canyonlands National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Tony Schetzsle
Welcome to Canyonlands National Park's colorful landscape, which has eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The rivers divide the park into four districts, including the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze and the rivers themselves. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character and offers different opportunities for exploration.
Park Acreage: 
337598
Highest Point: 
Cedar Mesa
Highest Point Elevation: 
6987 feet
Visitor Count: 
392537
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Green River; Colorado River; White Rim; Tower Ruin; Island in the Sky; Grand View Point Overlook; Cataract Canyon; Upheaval Dome; The Maze; Land of Standing Rocks; The Doll House; The Fins; The Great Gallery; The Needles District
Endangered Species: 
Colorado Pikeminnow; Razorback Sucker; Humpback Chub; Bonytail Chub; Southwest Willow Flycatcher
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $10; InIndividual Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Local Passport (valid for 1 year and applies to Arches, Canyonlands, Natural Bridges and Hovenweep): $25
Nearest Major City: 
Moab, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Moab, UT; Monticello, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT); Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

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Capitol Reef National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Al Hendricks
Called "Wayne Wonderland" in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park is bursting with unique natural and cultural history. The park was established to protect its infamous Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust known as a monocline that extends from nearby Thousand Lakes Mountain to the Colorado River (now Lake Powell). Comprised of 378 square miles of colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths, this park is truly spectacular.
Park Acreage: 
241904
Highest Point: 
Billings Point
Highest Point Elevation: 
8960 feet
Visitor Count: 
511511
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Waterpocket Fold; Freemont Culture Rock Art; Bolder Mountain; Thousand Lakes Mountains; Triassic Tracks; Fremont River; Escalante River; Capitol Dome; Chimney Rock; The Goosenecks; The Egyptian Temple; Hickman Bridge; The Golden Throne; Capitol Gorge; Fruita Schoolhouse; Gifford Farmhouse; Behunin Cabin; Brimhall Bridge; Muley Twist Canyon
Endangered Species: 
Wright's Fishhook Cactus; Utah Prairie Dog
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $5; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $3
Nearest Major City: 
Torrey, UT
Gateway Communities: 
Torrey, UT; Teasdale, UT; Bicknell, UT; Lyman, UT
Nearby Airports: 
Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Superintendent Name: 
John Benjamin
Welcome to Carslbad Caverns National Park, located in the heart of the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. Underneath the surface scattered with prickly pears, chollas, sotols and agaves lie more than 300 known caves. The park contains 113 of these caves, formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone, creating some of the largest caves in North America.
Park Acreage: 
46766
Highest Point: 
Guadalupe Ridge
Highest Point Elevation: 
6535 feet
Visitor Count: 
407367
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Chihuahuan Desert, Big Room; Mexican Freetail Bats; Bottomless Pit; Giant Dome; Rock Of Ages; Painted Grotto
Endangered Species: 
Gray-banded Kingsnake
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $6; Children 15 years old and under: Free
Nearest Major City: 
Carlsbad, NM
Gateway Communities: 
Whites City, NM; Carlsbad, NM; Loving, NM; Malaga, NM
Nearby Airports: 
Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (ABQ); El Paso International Airport (ELP); Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport (LBB); Midland International Airport (MAF)

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Channel Islands National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Russell Galipeau
Just off the coast of California's mainland lies Channel Islands National Park, one of North America's most pristine treasures. Due to isolation over thousands of years, the park has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth. The park encompasses five remarkable islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources.
Park Acreage: 
249561
Highest Point: 
Devil's Peak (inholding)
Highest Point Elevation: 
2475 feet
Visitor Count: 
375256
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Anacapa Island; Santa Barbara Island; Santa Cruz Island; San Miguel Island; Santa Rosa Island; Cabrillo Monument; Lester Ranch Site; Caliche Forest; Point Bennett
Endangered Species: 
Island Fox; Hoffmann
Entrance Fees: 
Campsite: $15.00 (per night per site)
Nearest Major City: 
Ventura, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Ventura, CA; Oxnard, CA; Springville, CA; Oakview, CA; Port Hueneme, CA; Camarillo, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX); Burbank Airport (BUR); Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)

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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Connie Rudd
Black Canyon of the Gunnison's unique and spectacular landscape was formed slowly by the action of water and rock abrading down through hard Proterozoic crystalline rock. No other canyon in North America combines the narrow opening, sheer walls, and startling depths offered by the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. With a plethora of recreational activities, including hiking and ranger guided programs, there are many ways to experience Black Canyon.
Park Open Info: 
North Rim - mid-April; South Rim - Year-round
Park Closed Info: 
North Rim - late November; South Rim - Year-round
Park Acreage: 
32950
Highest Point: 
Poison Spring Hill (inholding)
Highest Point Elevation: 
9040 feet
Visitor Count: 
160450
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Gunnison River; The Painted Wall
Endangered Species: 
American Peregrine Falcon; Gray Wolf; Columbian White-tailed Deer
Entrance Fees: 
Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $15; Individual Pass (valid for 7 days): $7; Black Canyon Annual Pass: $30
Nearest Major City: 
Montrose, CO
Gateway Communities: 
Montrose, CO; Crawford, CO; Cimarron, CO; Olathe, CO; Hotchkiss, CO
Nearby Airports: 
Montrose Regional Airport (MTJ); Gunnison-Crested Butte Regional Airport (GUC); Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT)

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