Trails and Rails

A volunteer sits and talks with two people on board an Amtrak train.

Trails & Rails guides provide passengers with educational opportunities on board Amtrak's trains.

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Trails & Rails is an innovative partnership program between the National Park Service and Amtrak. This program provides rail passengers with educational opportunities that foster an appreciation of a selected region's natural and cultural heritage; it promotes National Park Service areas and provides a value-added service to encourage train ridership. It also renews the long tradition of associating railroads with National Parks.

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See the Amtrak routes that host Trails & Rails on board programs

See the National Park Service sites that sponsor Trails & Rails volunteers

Find a national park near your Amtrak route

Enjoy our audio podcasts when traveling on the Sunset Limited

Contact a park to volunteer for the Trails & Rails program

Read about Trails & Rails history


National Train Day

National Train Day was held May 10, 2014. The establishment of some of the earliest national parks rolled hand in hand with the development of railroads in the United States and several national parks honor our railroad heritage. Today rail travel continues to be a fun and more environmentally friendly way to visit our national parks.

Learn more at the 2014 National Train Day website.

One park ranger and five volunteers in green shirts stand with a man in a suit.
Amtrak President Joe Boardman visits with Trails & Rails staff during National Train Day 2014 in Minot, North Dakota.
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