National Park Service

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The 7 Principles
The Seven Principles of "Leave No Trace" provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard.


National Preserves (18)

Aniakchak National Preserve, Alaska

1000 Silver St
King Salmon, AK 99613
Phone: (907) 246-3305
Description: Given its remote location and challenging weather conditions, Aniakchak is one of the most wild and least visited places in the National Park System. This landscape is a vibrant reminder of Alaska's location in the volcanically active "Ring of Fire," as it is home to an impressive six mile wide, 2,500 ft deep caldera formed during a massive volcanic eruption 3,500 years ago.

Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska

214 Front St, Sitnasuak Building
Nome, AK 99762
Phone: (800) 471-2352
Description: Bering Land Bridge National Preserve lies at the continental crossroads that greatly influenced the distribution of life in the Western Hemisphere during the Pleistocene Epoch. It is a vital landscape for indigenous communities who depend on the land just as their ancestors did for many generations. It is a wild and ecologically healthy landscape unlike any other.

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141
Phone: (239) 695-2000
Description: The freshwaters of the Big Cypress Swamp, essential to the health of the neighboring Everglades, support the rich marine estuaries along Florida's southwest coast. Protecting over 729,000 acres of this vast swamp, Big Cypress National Preserve contains a mixture of tropical and temperate plant communities that are home to a diversity of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther.
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Big Thicket National Preserve, Texas

6044 FM 420
Kountze, TX 77625
Phone: (409) 951-6800
Description: Life of all types abounds in the Big Thicket. This national preserve protects the incredible diversity of life found where multiple habitats converge in southeast Texas. Hiking trails and waterways meander through nine different ecosystems, from longleaf pine forests to cypress-lined bayous. It is a place of discovery, a place to wander and explore, a place to marvel at the richness of nature.

Craters of the Moon National Preserve, Idaho

1266 Craters Loop Road
Arco, ID 83213
Phone: (208) 527-1300
Description: Craters of the Moon is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. We invite you to explore this "weird and scenic landscape" where yesterday's volcanic events are likely to continue tomorrow

Denali National Preserve, Alaska

Mile 237 Highway 3
Denali Park, AK 99755
Phone: (907) 683-9532
Description: Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.

Gates of the Arctic National Preserve, Alaska

Airport Road
Bettles, AK 99726
Phone: (907) 692-5494
Description: This vast landscape does not contain any roads or trails. Visitors discover intact ecosystems where people have lived with the land for thousands of years. Wild rivers meander through glacier-carved valleys, caribou migrate along age-old trails, endless summer light fades into aurora-lit night skies of winter. It remains virtually unchanged except by the forces of nature.

Glacier Bay National Preserve, Alaska

1 Park Road
Gustavus, AK 99826
Phone: (907) 697-2230
Description: Covering 3.3 million acres of rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines and deep sheltered fjords, Glacier Bay National Park is a highlight of Alaska's Inside Passage and part of a 25-million acre World Heritage Site—one of the world’s largest international protected areas. From sea to summit, Glacier Bay offers limitless opportunities for adventure and inspiration.

Great Sand Dunes National Preserve, Colorado

11999 State Highway 150
Mosca, CO 81146
Phone: (719) 378-6395
Description: Open all day and night year round, the tallest dunes in North America are the centerpiece in a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes, and tundra. Experience a starry sky on moonless nights, or a surreal walk on the dunes under bright full moonlight.

Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska

1000 Silver Street
King-Salmon, AK 99613
Phone: (907) 246-3305
Description: Katmai National Park and Preserve is an American national park and preserve in southern Alaska, notable for the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes and for its brown bears. The park and preserve encompass 4,093,077 acres

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, Alaska

PO Box 226
Port Alsworth, AK 99653
Phone: (907) 644-3626
Description: No roads lead to the park which can only be reached by boat or small aircraft, typically floatplanes. The major settled area in the park and preserve is Port Alsworth on Lake Clark.

Little River Canyon National Preserve, Alabama

4322 Little River Trail NE
Fort Payne, AL 35967
Phone: (256) 845-9605
Description: Little River is unique because it flows for most of its length atop Lookout Mountain in northeast Alabama. Forested uplands, waterfalls, canyon rims and bluffs, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs offer settings for a variety of recreational activities. Natural resources and cultural heritage come together to tell the story of the Preserve, a special place in the Southern Appalachians

Mojave National Preserve, California

2701 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: (760) 252-6100
Description: Singing sand dunes, cinder cone volcanoes, Joshua tree forest, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6-million-acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains, and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. Located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Mojave provides serenity and solitude from major metropolitan areas.

Noatak National Preserve, Alaska

171 3rd Ave
Kotzebue, AK 99752
Phone: (907) 442-3890
Description: As one of North America's largest mountain-ringed river basins with an intact ecosystem, the Noatak River environs features some of the Arctic's finest arrays of plants and animals. The river is classified as a national wild and scenic river, and offers stunning wilderness float-trip opportunities - from deep in the Brooks Range to the tidewater of the Chukchi Sea

Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Kansas

2480B KS Hwy 177
Strong City, KS 66869
Phone: (620) 273-8494
Description: Where's the tall grass? Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today less than 4% remains, mostly here in the Kansas Flint Hills. The preserve protects a nationally significant remnant of the once vast tallgrass prairie and its cultural resources. Here the tallgrass prairie makes its last stand.

Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve, Florida

12713 Fort Caroline Road
Jacksonville, FL 32225
Phone: (904) 641-7155
Description: Visit one of the last unspoiled coastal wetlands on the Atlantic Coast. Discover 6,000 years of human history and experience the beauty of salt marshes, coastal dunes, and hardwood hammocks.

Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico

39201 New Mexico Highway 4
Jemez Springs, NM 87025
Phone: (575) 829-4100
Description: About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 13-mile wide circular depression now known as the Valles Caldera. The preserve is known for its huge mountain meadows, abundant wildlife, and meandering streams. The area also preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples and embraces a rich ranching history.

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska

Mile 106.8 Richardson Highway
Copper Center, AK 99573
Description: The park and preserve form the largest area managed by the National Park Service with a total of 13,175,799 acres. The park's extreme high point is Mount Saint Elias at 18,008 feet, the second tallest mountain in both the United States and Canada.

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska

West end of 1st Avenue
Eagle, AK 99738
Phone: (907) 547-2233
Description: Located in Interior Alaska, Yukon-Charley Rivers offers exploration in a largely untouched landscape. Whether you float the mighty Yukon River or paddle the Charley River's whitewater, your memories will last a lifetime. Geology, cultural history, gold rush remnants, wildlife, and vast scenery will be a part of your experience. But, the strongest element will be solitude. Your adventure awaits.

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