Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Best Things to Do in Canyonlands National Park

Canyons carved over eons. Sheer breathtaking drop-offs. Extra-wide footpaths leading to parts less traveled. To explore Canyonlands National Park is to explore living on the edge.

The next time you're planning a trip to Utah, dare to look past the majestic Arches National Park and the mighty Zion and set your sights on Canyonlands. Often overlooked in favor of the more famous National Parks in Utah, Canyonlands holds the distinction of being the largest National Park in the state. It's also a reason why this is the best Utah National Park for off-the-beaten-path exploration.

Soda Springs Basin, Canyonlands National Park | Robert B. Decker

Canyonlands is like a gigantic red rock that has been woodcut engraved by the ancient winds and water. The Colorado and Green Rivers trisect the Colorado Plateau, dividing Canyonlands into four sections: The Needles, Island in the Sky, the Maze, and the Rivers. The latter two sections are for more adventurous travelers due to their remote locations, where Island in the Sky is the easiest section to visit, and therefore the most visited.

With hundreds of miles of trails to choose from in such a large park, it's easy to get overwhelmed. For short walks, Island in the Sky and The Needles both offer ample opportunities, day hikes, and backpacking trips (with a permit). The Maze, due to its remote nature, is purely a backpacking destination where a permit is required.

Many trails are marked with cairns, which are small rock piles that lead you along the path, and oftentimes this is the only indication of where to go, so stay alert of your surroundings. Some remote trails do not receive regular maintenance from park staff and may not be adequately marked. If you will be backpacking, be sure to bring a topographical map.

The Needles

If you happen to be staying in Moab, driving 1.5 hours to get to the Needles may not sound all that thrilling, but it's certainly worth it. An intriguing landscape where otherworldly pinnacles of rock jut sharply out from the ground. The spectacle creates an environment that is surprisingly diverse and beautiful, providing some of the most fun outdoor activities in the Canyonlands.

Monument Basin, Canyonlands National Park | Robert B. Decker

Once you're here, the area is small and very easy to explore. Take your pick from several short trails, such as Slickrock, Chester Park, or Druid Arch. Embrace the wilderness of the area – it is truly a western feel as you hike and explore the Needles. The highlight of your trip in this district will no doubt be at Elephant Hill; a series of amazing trails that take you through the stunning rock formations.

With over 60 miles of interconnecting trails, many are as challenging as they are rewarding. Self-guided trails along the main roads feature different aspects of Canyonland's natural and cultural history. Surfaces can be uneven, and trail guides are available at the visitor center and trailheads. Other trails can be more primitive, where a mixture of slick rock and sandy washes can be experienced. Longer trails can be rough, with steep passes and drop-offs, narrow ridges, and gathering water in the backcountry can be tricky, so be prepared.

Island in the Sky

If you have limited time in Canyonlands, this is the district to be in, especially for first-time visitors. It is easy to get to from Moab, and the roads are all paved. Visit the overlooks – to visit most of them is to park your car and walk only a few steps. The two main roads, Grand View Point Road and Upheaval Dome Road offer the most overlooks and viewpoints, full of spectacular panoramic views over the canyons that were carved out by the rivers. One exception to the short walk is the must-see White Rim Overlook, which requires a 1.8-mile roundtrip walk that looks out over Buck Canyon and Monument Basin.

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park | Robert B. Decker

Mesa Arch is possibly the most recognizable, as it has been photographed countless times. But photos hardly ever do justice to the real deal, so be sure to visit it when in Canyonlands National Park. Grand View Point is another goodie. Look out below into the collection of stunning canyons that stretch as far as the eye can see.

At Aztec Butte, take a hike where Native Americans used to live, harvest, and hunt almost a thousand years ago. You will see several granaries and ruins offering beautiful views of the park. Then at Murphy Point, enjoy one of the best spots in the park where you can just sit back and admire the layered canyon views. It is the quiet hush accompanied by the grandeur of the scenery that captured the imagination.

The Maze

If leaving the crowds behind and getting in a 4WD vehicle interests you, The Maze should be on your to-do list. It is the least accessible part of Canyonlands. Here it is rugged, remote, and gorgeous. And some of the roads are difficult to drive, hence the need for an off-road vehicle. Plan to spend at least three days here, and the area is huge and you will be doing lots of driving.

Green River Overlook, Canyonlands National Park | Robert B. Decker

The trails in the Maze include Horseshoe Canyon, which is popular, but be prepared for uneven terrain over steep rocky areas and slogging through sand. The other trails are more lengthy and usually require an overnight trip.

Pro Tip: Most roads in the park require high-clearance, low-range four-wheel drive. The main roads here are White Rim Road, Roads at the Needles, and Roads at The Maze. Some roads even require a permit, so be sure to check with the National Park Service for details.

The Rivers

With the Green River located west of the Island in the Sky mesa and the mighty Colorado River to the east, the two rivers meet at the confluence to the south of the mesa. They then flow into Cataract Canyon, creating a world-class whitewater rafting destination, featuring Class III to V rapids. Above the confluence, the rivers are wide and slow moving – the perfect opportunity to go canoeing or kayaking.

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Celebrate National Wildlife Day

September 4th is National Wildlife Day. A day that celebrates the natural world all around us, particularly of the creatures we share our planet with. It's an opportunity for us to recognize the preservation and conservation efforts of countless people everywhere, and what we as humans can do participate in the improvement of the natural world.

Ansel Adams put it beautifully: Today, we must realize that nature is revealed in the simplest meadow, wood lot, marsh, stream, or tidepool, as well as in the remote grandeur of our parks and wilderness areas.

National Wildlife Day was founded back in 2005 by Colleen Paige, an animal behaviorist and philanthropist, in an effort to rescue and preserve endangered animal species from demise. The day also strives to acknowledge outstanding animal sanctuaries around the world for all they do to help preserve these animals and to educate the public about ongoing conservation efforts -- especially children, our next generation of conservationists and caretakers.

How to Participate in National Wildlife Day

  • Help promote a NWD event at your local library.

  • If your local school, library, or animal nonprofit organization does not already hold a NWD event, suggest one and offer to help.

  • Help support NWD by promoting the day on social media and use hashtags such as #wildlifeday, #conservation, #wildlifeconservationday, and #nationalwildlifeday.

  • Help clean beaches, rescue wild animals, or teach tourists about your local habitat

  • Donate money to the National Wildlife Federation or World Wildlife Fund. Or donate to an official conservation group.

  • Take a hike! Go to your favorite natural outdoor space and spend a few hours taking in the peacefulness of nature. Go birdwatching or participate in other wildlife viewing.

  • When you travel or go on vacation, make a point to visit and learn about our state and national parks and nature reserves.

What will you do to celebrate National Wildlife Day?

Rob Decker is a photographer and graphic artist who had the rare privilege of studying under Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park when he was just 19 years old. Now, Rob is on a journey to explore and photograph all 61 of America's National Parks. He's creating WPA-style posters to help people celebrate their own national park adventures — as well as encourage others to get out and explore!

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

The National Park Service Anniversary, August 25th

The National Park System now comprises more than 400 areas covering more than 84 million acres in 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the Virgin Islands. 

Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, it safeguards these special places and shares their stories with more than 327 million visitors every year. 

But our national parks actually pre-date the National Park Service.

By the Act of March 1, 1872, Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming "as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people" and placed it "under exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior." The founding of Yellowstone National Park began a worldwide national park movement. 

On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service to protect the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department. The "Organic Act" states that "the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations…by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purpose of the said parks, monuments and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."

An Executive Order in 1933 transferred 56 national monuments and military sites from the Forest Service and the War Department to the National Park Service. This action was a major step in the development of today's truly national system of parks—a system that includes areas of historical as well as scenic and scientific importance. 

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Additions to the National Park System are now generally made through acts of Congress, and national parks can be created only through such acts. But the President has authority, under the Antiquities Act of 1906, to proclaim national monuments on lands already under federal jurisdiction. 

The National Park Service still strives to meet its original goals, while filling many other roles as well: guardian of our diverse cultural and recreational resources; environmental advocate; partner in community revitalization, world leader in the parks and preservation community; and pioneer in the drive to protect America's open space. 

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Sunday, August 22, 2021

How Can You Support America's National Parks? Here are 5 Easy Ways!

Our national parks have taken center stage recently, and for good reason. Today, America's national parks need our support more than ever. Even with the Great American Outdoors Act, there's still a huge backlog of work, and COVID-19 hasn't helped matters any... So we need to lend our support to preserve America's Best Idea. So how can you help? It's actually very easy. Here are five ways you can contribute to these incredible places so we can enjoy them for generations to come!

Donate: Simply donating to the National Park Foundation will contribute to the 400+ national parks in the country. We have 84 million acres of land to protect!

Purchase an America the Beautiful Pass: Honestly, this one's a no brainer! At a cost of just $80 ($20 for Senior Pass), there's no better value on the planet than these annual passes. Get all the details at the National Park Service site and start visiting America's National Parks!

Contribute to the Conservation and Preservation Charities of America: This foundation trains people to protect the environment, conserve natural resources, and preserve historic places. It works to protect the nation's hiking trails, fisheries, rivers, coastal areas and oceans.

Become a Member: You can become a member of one of the many national, regional or local organizations, associations and conservancies that support our national parks. If you're already a member, renew for next year!

Share your Park Experience with Others: The only way to spread the word about the beauty and importance of national parks is to show other people just how wonderful these places are. Share your stories and pictures with friends, family and on social media and encourage others to find their park!

I'm trying to make a difference by giving back to the amazing organizations, associations, trusts and conservancies that support the National Parks. I feel that it's important to protect America's special places, and to connect people with nature. And it's up to all of us to pitch in. Perhaps more importantly, we need to inspire the next generation of park supporters. Click here to earn about how I'm Giving Back

So you can see how easy it is to support America's national parks! Now it's time to start planning your next National Park adventure! 

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National Park Service Anniversaries

The National Park Service manages more than 400 individual units, from national parks to national battlefields to national lakeshores and more, all commonly referred to simply as “parks.” Some current parks were set aside for the benefit of the public or preservation before the National Park Service was created in 1916. Others were eventually transferred from another agency.

This table lists the dates parks were created and when they became part of the National Park System.

YearDatePark Name and Location
1790July 16National Mall, District of Columbia
1792October 10White House (Presidents Park), District of Columbia (transferred to the NPS August 10, 1933)
1832April 20Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas (proclaimed Hot Springs Reservation; redesignated 1921)
1866April 7Ford's Theatre, District of Columbia (acquisition authorized; designated a National Historic Site 1970)
1872March 1Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming
1876August 2Washington Monument, District of Columbia (accepted; dedicated 1885)
1877March 3Statue of Liberty, New York (accepted; dedicated 1886; designated a National Monument 1924)
1886December 7Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Montana (renamed from Custer Battlefield National Monument 1991; redesignated 1946 from National Cemetery of Custer's Battlefield Reservation)
1889March 2Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Arizona (authorized as Casa Grande Ruin Reservation; redesignated 1918)
1890August 19Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, Georgia and Tennessee
1890August 30Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland (transferred to NPS on August 10, 1933; redesignated from a National Battlefield Site 1978)
1890September 25Sequoia National Park, California
1890September 27Rock Creek Park, District of Columbia
1890October 1Kings Canyon National Park, California (incorporated General Grant National Park 1940)
1890October 1Yosemite National Park, California (incorporated Yosemite State Park 1906)
1894December 27Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee
1895February 11Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania
1899February 21Vicksburg National Military Park, Mississippi
1899March 2Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
1902May 22Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
1902July 1Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Oklahoma (incorporated Platt National Park and Arbuckle National Recreation Area March 17, 1976)
1903January 9Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
1906June 29Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
1906September 24Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming
1906December 8El Morro National Monument, New Mexico
1906December 8Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona
1906December 8Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona (redesignated from a National Monument 1962)
1907March 4Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, Louisiana (incorporated Chalmette National Historical Park 1978)
1907May 6Lassen Volcanic National Park, California (incorporated Cinder Cone and Lassen Peak NMs August 9, 1916)
1907November 16Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico
1907December 19Tonto National Monument, Arizona
1907March 11Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico (incorporated Chaco Canyon National Monument Dec. 19, 1980)
1908January 9Muir Woods National Monument, California
1908January 16Pinnacles National Park, California (redesignated from a National Monument 2013)
1908February 7Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota
1908April 16Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
1908September 15Tumacacori National Historical Park, Arizona (incorporated National Monument 1990)
1909March 2Olympic National Park, Washington (incorporated Mount Olympus National Monument)
1909March 20Navajo National Monument, Arizona
1909July 12Oregon Caves National Monument, Oregon
1909July 31Zion National Park, Utah (incorporated Zion National Monument 1956; incorporated Mukuntuweap National Monument 1918)
1910March 23Sitka National Historical Park, Alaska (redesignated from a National Monument 1972)
1910May 11Glacier National Park, Montana
1910May 30Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Utah
1910June 23Big Hole Battlefield National Battlefield, Montana (set aside as a military reserve in 1883; redesignated from a National Monument 1963)
1911February 9Lincoln Memorial, District of Columbia (dedicated 1922)
1911May 24Colorado National Monument, Colorado
1911July 6Devils Postpile National Monument, California
1913October 14Cabrillo National Monument, California
1915January 26Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
1915October 4Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado
1915November 30Walnut Canyon National Monument, Arizona
1916February 11Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
1916July 8Acadia National Park, Maine (originally Sieur de Monts National Monument; redesignated Lafayette National Park 1919; redesignated Acadia National Park 1919)
1916July 17Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Kentucky (originally Abraham Lincoln National Park; redesignated a National Historic Site 1939; renamed and redesignated 1959; redesignated a National Historical Park 2009)
1916August 1Haleakala National Park, Hawaii (detached from Hawaii National Park 1960)
1916August 1Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (split into Haleakala National Park and Hawaii National Park 1960; latter redesignated Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 1961)
1916August 9Capulin Volcano National Monument, New Mexico (redesignated from Capulin Mountain National Monument 1987)
1917February 18Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Georgia (originally a NBS; redesignated 1935)
1917February 26Denali National Park and Denali National Preserve, Alaska (incorporated Mount McKinley National Park and Denali National Monument by ANILCA 1980)
1917March 2Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, North Carolina
1918September 24Katmai National Park and Katmai National Preserve, Alaska (originally a National Monument, redesignated by ANILCA 1980)
1919February 26Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (incorporated 1908 Grand Canyon National Monument)
1919December 12Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska
1919December 19Yucca House National Monument, Colorado
1922January 24Great Basin National Park, Nevada (incorporated Lehman Caves National Monument 1986)
1922October 14Timpanogos Cave, Utah
1923January 21Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico (redesignated 1928)
1923March 2Hovenweep National Monument, Utah
1923May 31Pipe Spring National Monument, Arizona
1923June 8Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah (redesignated Utah National Park 1924; redesignated from Bryce Canyon National Monument 1928)
1923October 25Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico (redesignated from Carlsbad Cave National Monument 1930)
1923March 2Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Ohio (incorporated Mound City Group National Monument 1992)
1924April 18Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona
1924May 2Craters of the Moon National Monument and Craters of the Moon National Preserve, Idaho (preserve designated August 21, 2002)
1924October 15Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, Florida (redesignated from Fort Marion National Monument 1942)
1924October 15Fort Matanzas National Monument, Florida
1924October 15Fort Pulaski, Georgia
1924December 9Wupatki National Monument, Arizona
1925February 26Glacier Bay National Park and Glacier Bay National Preserve, Alaska (originally a National Monument; redesignated by ANILCA 1980)
1925March 3Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Maryland (redesignated from Fort McHenry National Park 1939)
1925March 4Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Virginia (date restoration authorized; designated Custis-Lee Mansion 1955; redesignated 1972)
1925November 21Lava Beds National Monument, California
1925March 3Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota (acquired 1939)
1926May 22Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
1926May 22Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee
1926May 25Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
1926June 2Moores Creek National Battlefield, North Carolina (originally a National Military Park; redesignated 1980)
1926July 3Petersburg National Military Park, Virginia (redesignated a National Battlefield 1962)
1927February 14Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park, Virginia
1927March 2Wright Brothers National Memorial, North Carolina (originally Kill Devil Hill Monument, redesignated 1953)
1927March 3Stones River National Battlefield, Tennessee (originally a National Military Park; redesignated 1980)
1929February 21Brices Cross Roads NBS, Mississippi
1929February 26Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (incorporated 1929 National Park and Jackson Hole National Monument)
1929March 4Cowpens National Battlefield, South Carolina (transferred to NPS August 10, 1933; redesignated from a national battlefield site in 1972)
1929April 12Arches National Park, Utah (redesignated from a National Monument 1978)
1930January 23George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Virginia
1930May 26Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Arizona (redesignated from Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument 1990)
1930May 29George Washington Memorial Parkway, Virginia (incorporated Mount Vernon Memorial Highway May 23, 1928)
1930June 18Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Virginia (authorized as a national historical monument 1935; redesignated 1954)
1930December 30Colonial National Historical Park, Virginia (authorized July 3, 1930; redesignated from a National Monument 1936)
1931February 14Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona
1931March 3Isle Royale National Park, Michigan
1931March 4Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Pennsylvania (redesignated from a NBS 1961)
1932March 17Great Sand Dunes National Park and Great Sand Dunes National Preserve, Colorado (National Preserve authorized 2000; redesignated from a National Monument 2004)
1932May 21Theodore Roosevelt Island, District of Columbia
1933January 18White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
1933February 11Death Valley National Park, California (incorporated Death Valley National Monument)
1933March 1Saguaro National Park, Arizona (redesignated from a National Monument 1994)
1933March 2Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado (redesignated from a National Monument 1999)
1933June 16Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia
1933August 22Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah
1933March 2Morristown National Historical Park, New Jersey
1933August 10Fort Donelson National Battlefield, Tennessee
1933August 10Kings Mountain National Military Park, South Carolina
1933August 10Tupelo National Battlefield, Mississippi
1933August 10National Capital Parks, District of Columbia (incorporated Baltimore-Washington Parkway 1975)
1934May 30Everglades National Park, Florida
1934June 19Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi (incorporated Ackia Battleground National Monument and Meriwether Lewis National Monument 1961)
1934June 21Monocacy National Battlefield, Maryland (reauthorized and redesignated from a National Military Park Oct. 21, 1976)
1934June 26Thomas Jefferson Memorial, District of Columbia (dedicated 1943)
1934June 14Ocmulgee National Monument, Georgia
1935June 20Big Bend National Park, Texas
1935August 21Fort Stanwix National Monument, New York (acquired 1973)
1935August 29Andrew Johnson National Historic Site, Tennessee (redesignated from a National Monument 1963)
1935December 21Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Missouri (Gateway Arch authorized 1954)
1936March 2Richmond National Battlefield Park, Virginia
1936March 19Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska
1936May 26Fort Frederica National Monument, Georgia
1936June 2Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, Ohio (redesignated 1972)
1936June 29Whitman Mission National Historic Site, Washington (redesignated from Whitman National Monument 1963)
1936August 10Joshua Tree National Park, California (incorporated Joshua Tree National Monument 1994)
1936November 14Catoctin Mountain Park, Maryland (renamed from Catoctin Recreational Demonstration Area 1954)
1936November 14Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia (redesignated from Bull Run Recreational Demonstration Area May 10, 1940)
1936November 14Prince William Forest Park, Virginia (redesignated from Chopawamsic Recreational Demonstration Area 1948)
1937April 13Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona
1937August 2Capitol Reef National Park, Utah (redesignated from a National Monument 1971)
1937August 17Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina
1937August 25Pipestone National Monument, Minnesota
1938March 17Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Massachusetts
1938April 26Channel Islands National Park, California (incorporated Channel Islands National Monument 1980)
1938June 1Saratoga National Historical Park, New York
1938July 16Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming (redesignated from a National Monument 1960)
1938August 3Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Pennsylvania (redesignated from Hopewell Village National Historic Site 1985)
1938September 23Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, District of Columbia, Maryland, and West Virginia (date acquired; designated a National Monument 1961; incorporated in Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park 1971)
1939May 26Federal Hall National Memorial, New York (redesignated from Federal Hall Memorial National Historic Site 1955)
1939July 25Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona
1939January 25Badlands National Park, South Dakota (redesignated from a National Monument 1978)
1940June 11Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia
1940December 18Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, New York
1940August 12Fort Washington Park, Maryland (transferred from War Dept. 1940)
1941April 5Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, North Carolina
1943July 14George Washington Carver National Monument, Missouri
1944January 15Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, New York
1944June 30Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, West Virginia (redesignated from a National Monument 1963)
1946August 12Castle Clinton National Monument, New York
1946December 9Adams National Historical Park, Massachusetts (originally Adams Mansion National Historic Site; redesignated Adams National Historic Site 1952; redesignated National Historical Park 1998)
1946December 18Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Washington (administered under cooparative agreement starting 1990; redesignated from Coulee Dam National Recreation Area 1997)
1947April 25Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota (authorized Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park, redesignated 1978)
1948April 28Fort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina
1948June 22Hampton National Historic Site, Maryland
1948June 28Independence National Historical Park, Pennsylvania (incorporated Independence Hall National Historic Site, designated 1943)
1948March 11De Soto National Memorial, Florida
1948June 19Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Washington (redesignated from a National Monument 1961)
1949February 14San Juan National Historic Site, Puerto Rico
1949June 8Saint Croix Island National Monument, Maine (redesignated an International Historic Site 1984)
1949October 25Effigy Mounds National Monument, Iowa
1950August 3Greenbelt Park, Maryland
1950September 21Fort Caroline National Memorial, Florida
1952March 4Christiansted National Historic Site, Virgin Islands (redesignated from Virgin Islands National Historic Site 1961)
1952July 9Coronado National Memorial, Arizona
1954June 28Fort Union National Monument, New Mexico
1955July 26Pu’uhonua o HÅ,naunau National Historical Park, Hawaii (redesignated from City of Refuge National Historical Park 1978)
1955December 6Thomas Edison National Historical Park, New Jersey (originally Edison Home National Historic Site; incorporated in Edison National Historic Site 1962; redesignated 2009)
1956April 2Booker T. Washington National Monument, Virginia
1956July 20Pea Ridge National Military Park, Arkansas
1956July 25Horseshoe Bend National Military Park, Alabama
1956August 2Virgin Islands National Park, Virgin Islands
1958April 18Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah
1958May 29Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Oregon (incorporated Fort Clatsop National Monument October 30, 2004)
1958August 14General Grant National Memorial, New York
1958September 2Grand Portage National Monument, Minnesota (designated a National Historic Site 1951)
1959April 14Minute Man National Historic Site, Massachusetts (redesignated a National Historical Park Sept. 21, 1959)
1959September 5Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, District of Columbia (dedicated 1997)
1960April 22Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, Missouri (redesignated from a National Park 1970)
1960June 3Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, Colorado
1960July 6Arkansas Post National Memorial, Arkansas
1961May 11Russell Cave National Monument, Alabama
1961August 7Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts
1961September 8Fort Davis National Historic Site, Texas
1961September 13Fort Smith National Historic Site, Arkansas
1961October 4Piscataway Park, Maryland
1961December 28Buck Island Reef National Monument, Virgin Islands
1962February 19Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Indiana
1962April 27Hamilton Grange National Memorial, New York
1962July 25Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, New York
1962July 25Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, New York
1962September 5Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, District of Columbia (redesignated from Frederick Douglass Home 1988)
1962September 13Point Reyes National Seashore, California
1962September 28Padre Island National Seashore, Texas
1964August 27Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri
1964August 30Fort Bowie National Historic Site, Arizona
1964August 31Fort Larned National Historic Site, Kansas
1964August 31Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
1964August 31Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Pennsylvania
1964August 31Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, New Hampshire
1964August 31John Muir National Historic Site, California
1964September 11Fire Island National Seashore, New York
1964September 12Canyonlands National Park, Utah
1964October 8Lake Mead National Recreation Area
1965February 11Curecanti National Recreation Area, Colorado
1965March 15Lake Meredith National Recreation Area, Texas (name changed from Sanford National Recreation Area, 1972; redesignated Nov. 28, 1990)
1965May 15Nez Perce National Historical Park, Idaho
1965June 5Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, Nebraska
1965June 28Pecos National Historical Park, New Mexico (incorporated Pecos National Monument June 27, 1990)
1965July 30Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah (designated 1957)
1965August 12Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, Iowa
1965August 21Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument, Texas (formerly Alibates Flint Quarries and Texas Panhandle Pueblo Culture National Monument, redesignated 1978)
1965August 28Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Arizona
1965September 1Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, Pennsylvania
1965September 21Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
1965October 22Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island
1965November 11Amistad National Recreation Area, Texas (redesignated 1990)
1965November 8Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, California (Whiskeytown Unit)
1966March 10Cape Lookout National Seashore, North Carolina
1966June 20Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, Montana and North Dakota
1966June 30Chamizal National Memorial, Texas
1966July 23George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, Indiana
1966September 9San Juan Island National Historical Park, Washington
1966October 15Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana and Wyoming
1966October 15Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas
1966October 15Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
1966October 15Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Virginia
1966November 2Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, New York
1966November 5Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana
1967May 26John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, Massachusetts
1967November 27Eisenhower National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
1968April 5Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, Massachusetts
1968October 2Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, Wisconsin
1968October 2Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Maine
1968October 2Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Washington
1968October 2North Cascades National Park, Washington
1968October 2Redwood National Park, California
1968October 2Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Washington
1968October 17Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, North Carolina
1968October 18Biscayne National Park, Florida (incorporated Biscayne National Monument 1980)
1969August 20Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado
1969December 2Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, Texas (redesignated from a National Historic Site 1980)
1969December 2William Howard Taft National Historic Site, Ohio
1970September 26Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin
1970October 16Fort Point National Historic Site, California
1970October 16Andersonville National Historic Site, Georgia
1970October 21Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan
1971January 8Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota
1971January 8Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, District of Columbia, Maryland, and West Virginia (incorporated Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Monument)
1971January 8Gulf Islands National Seashore, Florida and Mississippi
1971August 18Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois
1972March 1Buffalo National River, Arkansas
1972August 17Pu`ukoholÄ, Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii
1972August 25Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Montana
1972August 25John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway, Wyoming
1972October 9Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, Massachusetts (redesignated from Longfellow National Historic Site 2010)
1972October 21Hohokam Pima National Monument, Arizona
1972October 21Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, Pennsylvania
1972October 23Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming
1972October 23Cumberland Island National Seashore, Georgia
1972October 27Gateway National Recreation Area, New York
1972October 27Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California
1973December 28Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac, District of Columbia
1974March 7Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, Tennessee
1974August 1Constitution Gardens, District of Columbia
1974October 1Boston National Historical Park, Massachusetts
1974October 11Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas
1974October 11Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida
1974October 26Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, North Dakota
1974October 26Clara Barton National Historic Site, Maryland
1974October 26Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, New York
1974October 26Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Massachusetts
1974October 26Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Alabama
1975October 8John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon
1975January 3Canaveral National Seashore, Florida
1975June 26Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio (redesignated from a National Recreation Area 2000)
1976June 30Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Alaska and Washington
1976July 4Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania
1976August 19Ninety Six National Historic Site, South Carolina
1976October 12Obed WSR, Tennessee
1976October 18Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, California
1976October 18Congaree National Park, South Carolina (redesignated from a National Monument 2003)
1977May 26Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, New York
1978June 5Lowell National Historical Park, Massachusetts
1978August 15War in the Pacific National Historical Park, Guam
1978August 15Chattahoochee National Recreation Area, Georgia
1978October 19Fort Scott National Historic Site, Kansas
1978November 10Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, Texas (redesignated from a National Historic Site 2009)
1978November 10Rio Grande WSR, Texas
1978November 10San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Texas
1978November 10Missouri National Recreational River, Nebraska
1978November 10Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
1978November 10Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
1978November 10Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, Virginia
1978November 10Middle Delaware National Scenic River, Pennsylvania
1978November 10New River Gorge National River, West Virginia
1978November 10Saint Paul's Church National Historic Site, New York (designated 1943)
1978November 10Thomas Stone National Historic Site, Maryland
1978November 10Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, Pennsylvania
1978November 10Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve, Washington
1978November 10Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Hawaii
1978November 10Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, California
1978December 1Aniakchak National Monument and Aniakchak National Preserve, Alaska (originally Aniakchak National Monument; designated National Monument and National Preserve by ANILCA 1980)
1978December 1Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska (redesignated from a National Monument by ANILCA 1980)
1978December 1Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Alaska
1978December 1Gates of the Arctic National Park and Gates of the Arctic National Preserve, Alaska (originally a National Monument; redesignated by ANILCA 1980)
1978December 1Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska (redesignated from a National Monument by ANILCA 1980)
1978December 1Kobuk Valley National Park, Alaska (redesignated from a National Park by ANILCA 1980)
1978December 1Lake Clark National Park and Lake Clark National Preserve, Alaska (originally a National Monument; redesignated by ANILCA 1980)
1978December 1Noatak National Preserve, Alaska (incorporated Noatak National Monument by ANILCA 1980)
1978December 1Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Wrangell-St. Elias National Preserve, Alaska (incorporated Wrangell-St. Elias National Monument by ANILCA 1980)
1978December 1Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska (redesignated from Yukon-Charley National Monument by ANILCA 1980)
1979October 12Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Massachusetts
1980September 9World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, Hawaii (incorp. USS Arizona Memorial 2008)
1980July 1Vietnam Veterans Memorial, District of Columbia (dedicated 1982)
1980October 10Boston African American National Historic Site, Massachusetts
1980October 10Martin Luther King, Junior, National Historic Site, Georgia
1980December 2Alagnak Wild River, Alaska
1980December 19Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico (proclaimed Gran Quivira National Monument 1909; renamed Salinas National Monument 1980, renamed 1988)
1980December 22Kalaupapa National Historical Park, Hawaii
1980December 28James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Ohio
1980December 28Women's Rights National Historical Park, New York
1983March 28Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
1983March 28Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, Mississippi
1983May 23Harry S Truman National Historic Site, Missouri (designated 1982)
1986October 28Korean War Veterans Memorial, District of Columbia (dedicated 1995)
1986October 30Steamtown National Historic Site, Pennsylvania
1987September 30Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site, District of Columbia (designated 1965)
1987December 23Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Georgia
1987December 31El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico
1988February 16Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, Florida
1988June 27San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, California (formerly part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area)
1988September 8Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, South Carolina
1988October 7Natchez National Historical Park, Mississippi
1988October 31National Park of American Samoa, American Samoa
1988October 31Poverty Point National Monument, Louisiana
1988November 18Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Minnesota
1988November 18City of Rocks National Reserve, Idaho
1988November 18Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, Idaho
1988December 26Bluestone National Scenic River, West Virginia
1988December 26Gauley River National Recreation Area, West Virginia
1989October 2Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, Missouri
1990June 27Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico
1990October 31Weir Farm National Historic Site, Connecticut
1991May 24Niobrara National Scenic River, Nebraska
1991December 11Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, District of Columbia (designated 1982)
1992February 24Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, Virgin Islands
1992March 3Manzanar National Historic Site, California
1992August 26Marsh-Billings National Historical Park, Vermont (redesignated Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park 1998)
1992October 16Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Ohio
1992October 21Little River Canyon National Preserve, Alabama
1992October 26Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Kansas
1992October 27Keweenaw National Historical Park, Michigan
1992October 27Great Egg Harbor Scenic and Recreational River, New Jersey
1992October 26Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida (proclaimed Fort Jefferson National Monument 1935)
1994October 31Mojave National Preserve, California
1994October 31New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, Louisiana
1994November 2Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Louisiana
1996November 12Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Oklahoma
1996November 12Nicodemus National Historic Site, Kansas
1996November 12Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas
1996November 12Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, Massachusetts
1996November 12New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Massachusetts
1998November 6Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Arkansas
1998November 6Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Alabama
1999November 29Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota
2000October 11First Ladies National Historic Site, Ohio
2000October 24Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park, California
2001January 17Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument, Virgin Islands
2001January 19Governors Island National Monument, New York
2001September 19Minidoka National Historic Site, Idaho (established Minidoka Internment National Monument August 1942; redesignated Minidoka National Historic Site 2008
2002September 24Flight 93 National Memorial, Pennsylvania
2002December 19Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park, Virginia
2004May 29World War II Memorial, District of Columbia (authorized May 25, 1993)
2006February 27Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, District of Columbia
2006February 27African Burial Ground National Monument, New York
2007April 27Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colorado
2009October 28Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, California
2010October 22River Raisin National Battlefield Park, Michigan
2010December 14President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site, Arkansas
2011August 28Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, District of Columbia
2011November 1Fort Monroe National Monument, Virginia
2011November 7Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, New Jersey
2012October 8Caesar Chavez National Monument, California
2013March 25Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Ohio
2013March 25First State National Historical Park, Delaware (originally a National Monument; rededicated a National Historical Park in 2014)
2013March 25Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Maryland (originally a National Monument; rededicated a National Historical Park in 2014)
2014December 19Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, Massachusetts and Rhode Island
2014December 19Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, Nevada
2014December 19Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico
2014December 19World War I Memorial, District of Columbia
2015February 19Pullman National Monument, Illinois
2015February 24Honouliuli National Monument, Hawaii
2015July 10Waco Mammoth National Monument, Texas
2015November 10Manhattan Project National Historical Park, New Mexico, Washington, and Tennesee
2016February 12Castle Mountains National Monument, California
2016April 12Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, District of Columbia
2016June 24Stonewall National Monument, New York
2016August 24Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Maine
2017January 10Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, New York
2017January 13Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, Alabama
2017January 13Freedom Riders National Monument, Alabama
2017January 13Reconstruction Era National Monument, South Carolina
2018February 22Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri
2018October 26Camp Nelson National Monument, Kentucky
2019February 15Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana
2019March 12Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Hawaii
2019March 12Tule Lake National Monument, California
2019December 20White Sands National Park, New Mexico


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Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial, District of Columbia


September 22

Mill Springs Battlefield National Monument, Kentucky


October 30

Ste. Genevieve National Historical Park, Missouri


November 9

Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, Mississippi

2020December 27New River Gorge National Park, West Virginia


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Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Best Things to Do in Lassen Volcanic National Park

A steaming, hissing, and bubbling landscape, Lassen Volcanic will be unlike any other national park you'll ever visit. A place that will hold fast to your memory banks and won't let go for years to come. When you come here for the first time, get ready to discover a mystical place with a destructive and tormented history.

Located in the Cascade Range in northeastern California, for some strange reason, this is one of the lesser-known National Parks in America. This makes it a blessing in disguise for savvy travelers who will experience fewer crowds and untouched beauty. Established in 1916, Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to all four types of volcanoes found on Earth: composite, shield, plug dome, and cinder cone.

This vast area typically experiences two seasons – summer and winter. It seems there is little room for the in-between climates of spring and fall. Winter conditions can be expected from November through May, while much warmer conditions exist from June through October.

Lassen Peak is considered dormant at present, but the park remains an active volcanic area, with many hydrothermal spots. Scientists are quietly confident that it is not a question if Lassen Peak will erupt again, but when. The last eruption was in 1915.

Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway

Stop by the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center and pick up a printed road guide, then hit the open road for a 30-mile wondrous journey around the east side of the park. The road connects the northwest and southwest entrances of the park. Travel in either direction and expect to stop and get out often, as there are numerous roadside highlights offering spectacular views. You can also download a roadside audio tour or purchase the audio CD at park stores, the visitor center, or online. This road passes many of the highlights described below.

Sulphur Works

Mud Pot, Lassen Volcanic National Park | © Robert B Decker

As one of the park's main hydrothermic features, it can be described as a bubbling mudpot that is always performing a show. Spewing hot thermal air and gases, do not be deterred by the heady aroma of rotten eggs – that's just part of the sulfur fun. Roadside interpretive plaques explain the history behind the area; the mining operations and hydrothermal history. It is located in the southwest section of Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Trek the Numerous Trails

You will want to bring a good map of the park with you, as many of the trails overlap and it's easy to get confused as to which trail you're on. One of the more popular hikes is Nobles Emigrant Trail. Part of the California National Historic Trail, it is the site where more than 250,000 emigrants traveled to gold fields and rich farmlands in California back in the mid-1800s. It was the greatest mass migration in American history. And of course, there is the epic climb to Lassen Peak.

Visit the Historic Loomis Museum

Built in 1927, this museum is housed in a historic structure and is small, but a very interesting way to learn about the history of the park. Benjamin Loomis built it to house his collection of geologic exhibits and park photos. Ranger-led programs are often held in the plaza outside, and the Lily Pond Interpretive Trail is just across the road. Note: the museum is only open in the summer.

Lake Helen

Lake Helen, Lassen Volcanic National Park, © Robert B. Decker

This high-elevation lake with its strikingly blue water is the perfect place for honing your photographer's skills. Stunning views of Lassen Peak in the background make for an amazing setting for the ultimate shot, especially during magic hour (right around dusk, when the light hits the mountain just right). Be prepared for colder weather much of the year – in fact, ice could remain on the lake into early summer! Lake Helen was named after Helen Tanner Brodt, the first woman to climb Lassen Peak back in 1864. It is situated 8,200 feet above sea level, and the drive up is phenomenal.

Manzanita Lake

Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park | © Robert B. Decker

Located in the northwest section of the park, Manzanita Lake is a popular destination for camping, fishing, kayaking and in the winter, cross country skiing and show shoeing. Warmer temperatures invite the visitor to swim in the shadow of a spectacular, and as of now, quiet volcano. This area makes a great home base for exploring Lassen Volcanic National Park, with a large campground and modern facilities and cabins. Hike the 1.5-mile trail around the lake for the most amazing views. Other wintertime activities involving sledding the small hills on the lake's northern shore and in the Chaos Jumbles Area.

Destruction Area

When Lassen Peak last erupted in 1915, gigantic rocks rained down from the sky, hot gases and spewing ash decimated the surrounding forests, and a massive violent mudflow was unleashed that flooded the river valley. Many of the rocks in the area were literally tossed of the volcano and flung here from the blast of the eruption. Walk the Interpretive Trail and get a sense of what happened a little over 100 years ago. It is the best way to truly appreciate the significance of this National Park. It is an easy ½ mile long path and is accessible to strollers and wheelchairs.

Bumpass Hell

Bumpass Hell, Lassen Volcanic National Park | National Park Posters

Despite the name, this attraction is actually a lot of fun to explore. It is the largest area of hydrothermal features in the park. Here you can walk among the bubbling, thumping hissing symphony of sights and sounds that show off the amazing features of this volcanic valley. The Bumpass Hell Trail is 3 miles roundtrip, with about 300 feet of elevation gain. Just be sure to stay on the boardwalk for safety reasons – venturing off of the trail is extremely dangerous. This area does see a lot of snowfall each year, and because of this, the trail does not typically open until July.

Kings Creek Falls

With the areas of destruction come the immense beauty of a roaring waterfall and peaceful meadows. The Kings Creek Falls Trail is 2.3 miles roundtrip with about 500 feet of elevation gain. Once you reach the falls, you will see a spectacular water drop of 70 feet on a sturdy overlook perched on a cliff. There are two ways to reach the falls, but by far the better of the two is the Upper Cascades Trail. The Cascades Foot Section is a good way to make your return journey from the falls, with recently-built rock steps that offer gorgeous views.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Best Things to Do in Mammoth Cave National Park

There's something magical about the subterranean world of south central Kentucky, where the world's largest known cave system lurks like a grand peculiar labyrinth, ready to explore. Its mysterious system of 400 miles of passageways and rooms captures the imagination of all who enter. Explorers are discovering new passages even today.

Located east of Brownsville in the central part of the state, the caves are home to 130 animal species and have been used by humankind for thousands of years, with fascinating characters who entered the misty depth and led interesting lives.

In addition, there are river valleys, historic churches, sinkholes, and vast forestland to discover. Activities can be done here year-round, and events are always happening at this UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.

Ranger-led Tours and Talks

All year round is a good time to go. It's underground, after all, so no having to deal with the elements. The park offers many different tours, focusing on the history, beauty, passageways, and other discovery tours showcasing the many different aspects of the caves. There are also cave tours made accessible for wheelchair users.

Mammoth Cave National Park

Talks at the visitor center are often held on the back porch and are a nice 10-minute introduction to a variety of topics about plants and animals, history, scientific research, among others. Evening talks meet at the amphitheater between the lodge and the camp store.

The Wild Cave Tour

Mammoth Cave National Park

The most in-depth tour offered at Mammoth Cave, you will literally be crawling on your hands and knees for a portion of the tour. But don't worry, you won't be in such a compromising position for long, and you'll be given overalls and knee pads to protect you and your clothing, helmets with lamps at the ready, bandanas, and gloves. These guys don't mess around when it comes to your comfort and safety. Offered spring through fall, it is six hours of fun with lunch included. Those who are afraid of heights, are claustrophobic, in ill health, or under 16 should not go on this tour. Reservations are required; be sure to check the website for the latest.

Hiking Trails Galore

Easy access trails for those who like their hiking on the more casual side will find 18 miles of well-kept trails on the south side of Green River. Along the way, one can explore the history of the park and discover its unique geology. Around the visitor center, seven miles of trails feature scenic river views, ridgetops, cave-fed springs, cemeteries, sinkholes, a historic train engine. Over 10 miles of forested trails on the south side feature the Cedar Sink Trail, Sloan's Crossing Pond Walk, Sand Cave Trail, and Turnhole Bend Nature Trail.

The Finest Backcountry Hiking

The best way to get away from the crowds is to grab a backpack with all of the needed provisions and head for the remote wilderness. A dozen scenic and peaceful campsites are up for grabs should you wish to make it a multi-day trip. To get here, a minute-long ferry ride is all that is needed, but plan for possible delays, as the ferry can only accommodate one car at a time, and no RVs. From there, take your pick of several trails, some of which will take you near water sources, such as First and Second Creek trails. If you really want to feel like you're alone in the wilderness, take Collie Ridge trail, and Homestead is a great place to camp. Be sure to get your free backcountry pass from the Visitor Center.

Go on a Horseback Riding Tour

This park has plenty of trails and campgrounds that can accommodate our trusty horse friends. Whether you have your own horse or opt for paying for a wonderful horseback riding experience. There are over 60 miles of backcountry trails north of Green River, just for this type of adventure. Grab a free trail map, and ride side saddle through the wilderness.

Explore the Trails on Two Wheels

Mammoth Cave National Park

Biking enthusiasts are not left hanging in Mammoth Cave National Park. Here in the backcountry, there are four designated off-road trails specifically for mountain biking. Explore the Mammoth Cave Railroad and Big Hollow trails, both running about nine miles in length. The Maple Springs Trail is an easy one mile, while the White Oak Trail is about 2.5 miles long. Street bikes are permitted on all paved roads in the park, and mountain bikes are allowed on all administrative roads.

Get Out on the Water

The Green and Nolin Rivers run through Mammoth Cave National Park, offering many opportunities for boating, canoeing, and kayaking. There are three river access points in the park and are accessible by car and are located on the south side of the Green River: the Dennison Ferry, Houchin Ferry, and Green River Ferry. This is an amazing opportunity to watch for wildlife, explore the springs and river bluffs, and even do some fishing. Anglers can expect to find bluegill, catfish, muskellunge, perch, crappie, bass, and other game fish. You can also paddle or boat your way to one of the islands to camp; there is also camping at the Houchin Ferry Campground.

The Best Stargazing is Here

People have used the stars for thousands of years to help in navigation, to keep track of time, or to simply ponders the wonders of the universe. Mammoth Cave is an ideal spot for such a pastime. Find a wide-open space, such as a grassy field, to get the best view. The parking lot at the visitor center is also a popular place. Try to avoid areas with artificial light, and carry a flashlight with red lights that will help you navigate to your spot without disturbing your night vision. Here, you don't need a telescope; however, having a good pair of binoculars may aid you in your nighttime viewing. Ranger-led stargazing programs are offered throughout the year, as well, and offer a unique opportunity to gain an appreciation for the park's dark sky environment.

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