Western United States

Western United States includes 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

North Cascades

“The North Cascades are Calling!”

Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth’s changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades.

Hiking in the North Cascades

Hike the North Cascades to experience some of the finest mountain country in North America!


Learn about the different camping options within the park complex.

Backcountry Permits

Backcountry permits are required year-round. Find out where they are required, why they are required, and how to obtain a permit.

Current Conditions

Learn about current conditions for roads, trails, lakes, and more.


The Stehekin Valley has long served as a passageway for travelers, linking Washington’s interior wilderness to the rugged Cascade Mountains.


Learn how to stay safe while enjoying the park complex.

Wilderness Trip Planner

Plan a trip into the backcountry of the North Cascades.


Find information on boating in the park complex.

Food Storage Requirements

It’s mandatory to store food and other smellables so that it is safe from wildlife. Learn how & why to do it properly.


Learning about bears before your visit can help you have a safer and more enjoyable experience.

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Ebey’s Landing

“… Almost a Paradise of Nature.”

This stunning landscape at the gateway to Puget Sound, with its rich farmland and promising seaport, lured the earliest American pioneers north of the Columbia River to Ebey’s Landing. Today Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve preserves the historical, agricultural and cultural traditions of both Native and Euro-American – while offering spectacular opportunities for recreation.

Trust Board Meetings & Workshops

The Trust Board welcomes public participation and attendance at Trust Board meetings. Contact the office for more information.


The Trust Board of Ebey’s Reserve is hiring a Reserve Manager to fill a full-time, supervisory position at Ebey’s Reserve

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to (hopefully) all of your questions.

EXPLORE: Washington State Parks

Fort Casey, Fort Ebey and Ebey’s Landing State Park, three of the state parks located within Ebey’s Landing NHR

EXPLORE: Ebey’s Landing NHR

Find your way around the Reserve, from historic Coupeville to the Kettle trails.

EXPLORE: Historic Coupeville

One of the oldest towns in the state of Washington! Take a walking tour, visit the museum, shop and dine

Explore History and Culture

The history of Ebey’s Reserve stretches from the last ice age to the modern historic preservation movement.

Visit the Reserve with pets

Pets are welcome many places throughout the Reserve. Learn more here.

Ebey’s Reserve Junior Ranger Program

Join the corps! Discover Ebey’s and become and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve Junior Ranger!

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Discover Olympic’s Diverse Wilderness

With its incredible range of precipitation and elevation, diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park. Encompassing nearly a million acres, the park protects a vast wilderness, thousands of years of human history, and several distinctly different ecosystems, including glacier-capped mountains, old-growth temperate rain forests, and over 70 miles of wild coastline. Come explore!

Plan Your Trip

Discover Olympic’s high peaks, lush forest, and wild coast. Your adventure starts here.

Plan Like A Park Ranger – Top 10 Tips

Our Top 10 Tips for planning your visit to Olympic National Park

Things to Do

Discover all the ways you can explore and experience Olympic.

Lodges and Campgrounds

Spend a night in the park. Information on camping and lodging.

Backpacking in Olympic

Planning to spend a night in the wilderness? Everything you need to know from permits to planning.

Current Conditions

Current weather conditions, webcams, trail and road conditions and campground status.

Park Newspaper

The latest edition of the park newspaper, the Bugler.

Fishing Regulations

Olympic National Park supports some of the most extensive runs of wild salmon, trout, and char remaining in the Pacific Northwest.

Places to Go

Olympic has a little bit of everything – high mountain peaks, broad sandy beaches, lush rain forests, and so much more.

Coastal Cleanups

Olympic is part of two large coastal cleanups every spring and fall, as well as smaller cleanups throughout the summer. Learn more!

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Saint Croix

Rivers to Explore

Grab your paddle and your longing for adventure and head to the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers! Together they form the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, offering over 200 miles of clean water that glides and rushes through a forested landscape. Paddle, boat, fish, and camp among this wild and scenic beauty. Hiking and historic towns also beckon.

Plan Your Wild & Scenic Paddle

Explore ranger recommended stretches of the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers.

Camping Information And Regulations

Plan an overnight trip or even a longer adventure at St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

River Safety

Are you prepared for the river?

Osceola Landing Rehabilitation Project

A project to improve safety, commercial operations, and the day use area at Osceola Landing on the St. Croix will begin in mid-September.

Planning for Fairy Falls

Share your thoughts on the future of Fairy Falls

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Grand Portage

Live History. Celebrate Heritage.

Travel into the past to discover the present. Explore the partnership of the Grand Portage Ojibwe and the North West Company during the North American fur trade and the NPS today. Follow pathways into a distant time. Experience the sights and smells of a bustling depot reconstructed in its exact location. Hear the beat of the drum echo over Gichigami – Lake Superior.

Watch Our Park Films

These films offer amazing stories of Ojibwe history and culure from the fur trade to the present.

History & Culture at Grand Portage

Gitchi Onigaming is the Ojibwe term for the “Great Carrying Place” an apt name for 8.5-mile portage trail used for thousands of years.

Explore the Monument virtually

The virtual tour provides a preview of the Heritage Center, Historic Depot, Grand Portage trail and Fort Charlotte site.

Jr. Ranger Program

Families participate in learning about the parks through Junior Ranger activities.

Free Camping Permits at Fort Charlotte

Two backcountry camps allow groups of nine. Only a free permit needs to be completed and sent to the park.

Discover Rendezvous Days & Pow Wow

In August, the drum echoes over Grand Portage Bay announcing the opening of Rendezvous Days and Pow Wow.

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Oregon Caves

Discover the Marble Halls of Oregon

Deep within the Siskiyou Mountains are dark, twisting passages that await your discovery.  Eons of acidic water seeping into marble rock created and decorated the wondrous “Marble Halls of Oregon.” Join a tour, get a taste of what caving is all about, and explore a mountain from the inside and out.

Duration: 4 minutes, 56 seconds

Watch this video to learn more about Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve and what to expect when you visit.


Oregon Caves Natural History Association Online Bookstore

Park Fun From Home

Youth activities

Cave Tours

Come discover the marble halls of Oregon on one of our three guided tours of the cave.

Directions & Transportation

How to get to Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve.


Camp out under the stars at one of our 17 first-come first-serve campsites.


No food at park. Chateau Closed for Repair and Rehabilitation.

Circle of Discovery

Did you know that northern California and southern Oregon are home to seven national park sites? Explore the Circle of Discovery!

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Crater Lake

Deep Water in a Sleeping Volcano

Crater Lake inspires awe. Native Americans witnessed its formation 7,700 years ago, when a violent eruption triggered the collapse of a tall peak. Scientists marvel at its purity: fed by rain and snow, it’s the deepest lake in the USA and one of the most pristine on earth. Artists, photographers, and sightseers gaze in wonder at its blue water and stunning setting atop the Cascade Mountain Range.

What’s Open Today?

Find out what’s open in the park right now. Some COVID-related closures and restrictions are still in effect.

Are Fires Affecting the Park?

It’s fire season in the Pacific Northwest. Learn how smoke from nearby fires might impact your visit.

Plan Your Summer Visit

Arriving between mid-June and late October? View the park’s summer newspaper to learn about hiking trails, scenic drives, and more.

Top 10 Tips for Touring the Park

Advice from a park ranger on making the most of your summer visit.

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Santa Fe

The Great Prairie Highway

You can almost hear the whoops and cries of “All’s set!” as trail hands hitched their oxen to freight wagons carrying cargo between western Missouri and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Follow the Santa Fe National Historic Trail through five states and you’ll find adventure and evidence of past travelers who made this remarkable trip before you!

Planning a Trail Visit

Do you want to experience the trail? Learn more about where you can go, historic sites you can visit and more!

Where is this National Historic Trail?

Take a look at interactive, historic, and trip planning maps to learn more about locations along the trail.

What is a National Historic Trail?

Many folks wonder what a national historic trail actually is. Hear from trail staff about how we define these important parts of history.

The NEW NPS Mobile App

It’s like having a ranger in your pocket! Download the new app, find the trail, and start planning your visit today.

Commemorate the 200th Anniversary

Journey across five states and 200 years of history during the Bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trail.

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Gila Cliff Dwellings

Shedding Light on the Mogollon Culture

For thousands of years, groups of nomadic people used the caves of the Gila River as temporary shelter. In the late 1200’s, people of the Mogollon Culture decided it would be a good place to call home. They built rooms, crafted pottery and raised children in the cliff dwellings for about twenty years. Then the Mogollon moved on, leaving the walls for us as a glimpse into the past.

Plan Your Visit

Getting here is half the fun! Give yourself time to reach the park and enjoy the scenery! Better yet, plan on staying for a few days.

Get Involved – Volunteer

A chance to discover and explore your parks, and share what you know with visitors! Volunteer interpreters make the history come alive.

Natural Features & Ecosystems

View across a canyon towards the distance mountains and hills at sunset

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Chaco Culture

The Center of an Ancient World

Today the massive buildings of the Ancestral Puebloan people still testify to the organizational and engineering abilities not seen anywhere else in the American Southwest. For a deeper contact with the canyon that was central to thousands of people between 850 and 1250 A.D., come and explore Chaco through guided tours, hiking & biking trails, evening campfire talks, and night sky programs.

International Dark Sky Park

On August 19, 2013 Chaco Culture was officially designated an International Dark Sky Park.

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