National Park Service
Zion is home to one of the greatest engineering feats of modern times. In 1909, Zion was virtually inaccessible to visitors because of poor road conditions and limited railway. Once Zion became a national park, people wanted to explore it. To make this possible, construction began on a 25-mile stretch of road to connect Zion to the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon. Completed in 1930, the Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway and Tunnel is a must see. The 1.1-mile-long tunnel cuts through the vertical sandstone cliffs of Zion, blends in with the surrounding landscape and includes windows to provide views of Zion Canyon. When the tunnel opens up, drivers are left in awe of the spectacular beauty.
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National Wild & Scenic Rivers & Riverways (10)
Alagnak Wild River, Alaska1000 Silver St., Bldg. 603
King Salmon, AK 99613
Phone: (907) 246-3305
Description: The headwaters of Alagnak Wild River lie within the rugged Aleutian Range of neighboring Katmai National Park and Preserve. Meandering west towards Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea, the Alagnak traverses the beautiful Alaska Peninsula, providing an unparalleled opportunity to experience the unique wilderness, wildlife, and cultural heritage of southwest Alaska.
Bluestone National Scenic River, West Virginia3405 Pipestem Drive
Pipestem, WV 25979
Phone: (304) 465-0508
Description: The Bluestone River and the rugged and ancient gorge it has carved is a richly diverse and scenic area of the southern Appalachians. Bluestone National Scenic River is preserved as a living landscape that provides an unspoiled experience for visitors and a haven for a variety of plants and animals. The park protects a 10.5-mile section of the Bluestone River in southern West Virginia.
Delaware National Scenic River, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania200 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 597-6482
Description: The largest free-flowing river in the eastern United States, the Delaware River runs past forests, farmlands, and villages, and it also links some of the most densely populated regions in America.
Great Egg Harbor National Scenic and Recreational River, New JerseyRoute 50
Estell Manor, NJ 08330
Phone: (215) 597-5823
Description: The River gradually widens as it picks up the waters of 17 tributaries on its way to Great Egg Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Established by Congress in 1992, nearly all of this 129-mile river system rests within the Pinelands National Reserve. This National Park Service unit is unusual in that local jurisdictions continue to administer the lands.
Missouri National Recreational River, Nebraska and South Dakota508 East 2nd Street
Yankton, SD 57078
Phone: (605) 665-0209
Description: Imagine a 100-mile stretch of North America's longest river, a vestige of the untamed American West. The Missouri National Recreational River is where imagination meets reality. Two free flowing stretches of the Missouri make up the National Park. Relive the past by making an exploration of the wild, untamed and mighty river that continues to flow as nature intended.
Niobrara National Scenic River, Nebraska214 W US Highway 20
Valentine, NE 69201
Phone: (402) 376-1901
Description: The 76 miles of the Niobrara National Scenic River winds through dramatic bluffs, incredible wildlife diversity, gorgeous waterfalls, world-class fossil resources, and plenty of floating fun for the whole family. Less than 1/4 of one percent of US rivers are designated under the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. Come discover why this prairie river has earned this honor.
Obed Wild and Scenic River, Tennessee208 N. Maiden Street
Wartburg, TN 37887
Phone: (423) 346-6294
Description: The Obed Wild and Scenic River looks much the same today as it did when the first white settlers strolled its banks in the late 1700s. While meagerly populated due to poor farming soil, the river was a hospitable fishing and hunting area for trappers and pioneers. Today, the Obed stretches along the Cumberland Plateau and offers visitors a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities.
Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, Texasc/o Big Bend National Park
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834
Phone: (432) 477-2251
Description: It is an irresistible playground where unruly rapids check your skills as a canyon wren’s definitive call cascades down ancient limestone cliffs. Below the chasm, the canyon’s raw beauty dances across mirrored water. While the primal nature of the river stirs hunger for spirited adventure, the river is also an undulant ribbon of wetland corridor and, against all odds, the lifeblood of the desert.
Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, Minnesota and Wisconsin401 North Hamilton Street
St Croix Falls, WI 54024
Phone: (715) 483-2274
Description: 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, if you can bear to leave the cool water.
Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreation River, New York and Pennsylvania274 River Road
Beach Lake, PA 18405
Phone: (570) 685-4871
Description: Canoe through rapids and quiet pools as the Delaware River winds its way through a valley of swiftly changing scenery or fish amid rolling hills and riverfront villages in one of the finest fishing rivers in the northeastern United States. The clean water of the Delaware, the last major undammed river in the eastern United States, supports a healthy ecosystem and offers tranquility and excitement.