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Discover Our National Parks

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Discover our National Parks
... an experience you and your family won’t want to miss.

Crater Lake National Park Crater Lake, Oregon  
    Some 7000 years ago, Mount Mazama erupted, forming the seventh deepest lake in the world--1,932 feet deep!  You can watch a video of “The Crater Lake Story,” take leisure hikes through colorful wildflowers often spotting red fox, yellow-bellied marmot, squirrel, chickadees, nuthatches, even bald eagles. See more stunning views and amazing geological formations on 50 miles of backcountry trails; and 33 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.
    Activities:  Hiking, backpack-ing, biking, wildlife watching,
scenic drives, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, ranger-led activities, interpretive exhibits and programs, amphitheater. Visitor Centers. Entrance fee.  
    Camping:  Two developed camp-grounds; backcountry campsites and lodge (open June-Sept.).   
    More Information:  541-594-2211

Chaco Culture National Historical Park Nageezi, New Mexico  
    In northwest New Mexico, you’ll find the ruins of the great Anasazi civilization.  Chaco Canyon once supported farming in the lowlands with a network of towns connected by roads.  Some 13 major arche-ological sites, from multi-story dwellings to an extensive road system, show engineering feats as well as the knowledge of astronomy.  You can walk several self-guided trails through the ruin’s complexes as well as drive to outer sites.  The Wijiji and Kin Klizhin trails may also be used for biking.
    Activities:  Ruin exploration, hiking, backcountry hiking, biking, picnicking and wildlife watching. Visitor Center. Entrance fee.
    Camping: One primitive campground, water at visitors center one mile away.  
    More Information:  505-786-7014

Amistad National Recreation Area Del Rio, Texas
    Some of the best prehistoric rock art sites in the world can be found along the walls of this reservoir, created by a six-mile-long dam across the meeting of three rivers--Rio Grande, Devils, and Pecos.  The most popular site is Panther Cave on the Rio Grande River, accessible by boat.  The lake offers a variety of water sports as well as the beauty of its limestone cliffs, caves, and canyons. The surrounding desert is home to coyote, whitetailed deer, peccary, raccoon, and jackrabbit.
    Activities:  Hiking, backpacking, picnicking, wildlife watching, scenic drives, fishing, hunting, swimming, boating, water-skiing, scuba diving, wayside exhibits. Visitor Center. No Entrance fee.
    Camping:  Four primitive campgrounds and boat-in backcountry campsites. Marinas.
    More Information:  830-775-7491

Black Hills National Forest Custer, South Dakota
     The park encompasses some 1.2 million acres, with popular attractions like Devils Tower National Monument--865 foot column of rock; Wind Cave National Park--cave tour and prairie dog colonies; Jewel Cave National Monument--cave tour; Mount Rushmore National Memorial--mountain carved figureheads of four presidents; Crazy Horse Memorial--in-progress mountain carving; Custer State Park--country’s largest buffalo herd; and, Black Elk Wilderness--excellent hiking and backpacking.
    Activities:  Hiking, backpacking, wildlife watching, picnicking, swim-ming, boating, ranger-led activities, interpretive exhibits and programs. Visitor Centers. No entrance fee.
    Camping: Variety of campsites.
    More Information:  605-673-2251

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Bayfield, Wisconsin
     The 21 islands, clustered off the Bayfield Peninsula in Lake Superior were once visited by fur traders, French explorers, and mission-aries.  You can tour several lighthouses, the largest collection any-where in the National Park system along with Manitou Island Fish Camp and Hokenson Brothers Fishery Museum.  The islands, some only inhabited by deer, bear, and birds have 50 miles of trails leading through old growth forest, past agate beaches, and to craggy inlets and caves.  Lake Superior with its sand beaches offers numerous water activities.      
    Activities: Hiking, picnicking, wildlife watching, sailing, boating, sea kayaking, scuba diving, sport fishing, hunting, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, ice fishing ranger-led activities, interpretive exhibits and programs, museums.  Visitor Centers.  No entrance fee.
    Camping:  Primitive camping on 18 islands. Marinas. Islands are accessible by private boat, local cruise service, and water taxi.
    More Information:  715-779-3397

Cumberland Gap National Historic Park Middlesboro, Kentucky
    First, large migratory game and Native Americans, then Daniel Boone followed by thousands of pioneering emigrants all used this natural pass through the Appalachian Mountains.  Enjoy spotting a wide variety of plants and wildlife as you hike more than 50 miles of trails.  Some lead to interesting sites such as Pinnacle Mountain Overlook, White Rocks, Iron
Furnace, and Hensley Settlement,
a restored village of 28 buildings.  Many events are scheduled throughout the year.
Activities:  Hiking, backpacking, biking, picnicking, wildlife watching, horseback riding, car/4wd touring, ranger-led activities, in-terpretive exhibits and programs.  Visitor Center.  No entrance fee.
    Camping:  One developed campground and 4 hike-in campgrounds, including a horse camp.
    More Information:  606-248-2817


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