Horse Trail Closures
A section of the horse trail is CLOSED due to contract work. Contact park staff for more information.
Hiking Trail Closure
A short section of the Hiking Trails is closed due to contracted tree cuttings. Please contact park staff for more information.
Plan A Field Trip
An entrance permit of $10 per vehicle is charged. There is no charge for children 15 and under. Schools officially sanctioned by a Federal, State, or local Government body may be exempt from paying the entrance permit by filling out the Fee Waiver form and having it approved by park officials.
Please use the new Fee Waiver Form found by following the link below.
Many teachers like to combine two or more classes into one field trip to save transportation costs. However, we strongly encourage you to keep your groups as small as possible, preferably one class per field trip. Please remember that the park staff is trying to give your students the highest quality educational experience possible. More than one busload of students per field trip is difficult to manage; the field trip deteriorates into crowd control, and virtually nothing educational can be accomplished. Additionally, the primary role of the National Park Service is to protect and preserve the battlefield. Excessively large numbers of students can cause damage to the resource. Please consider these points before scheduling your field trip, and keep the number of your students limited to one busload, if possible. We recommend one adult chaperon for every 10 students.
Fill out the Fee Waiver form and return it, either by fax or mail, to Pea Ridge NMP with the required documentation at least two weeks before your desired date. Once the Fee Waiver has been received and approved by park officials, you will receive a confirmation e-mail confirming the date on your waiver. We cannot save a date for you without first having received your fee waiver.
Upon arriving at the park, your group will watch the movie (if you choose). (If you arrive with a larger group, we may split your students into three or four smaller groups). After the movie, you can go through the museum. If you would like your students to do the museum scavenger hunt, it must be scheduled before your visit by checking YES on the Fee Waiver form. The same applies for the ranger programs. The ranger programs offered vary so check with the ranger who schedules your group for program availability. We currently offer only TWO ranger programs. You must contact the park ranger who schedules your group if you indicate on your fee waiver that you would like a ranger program in order for the program to be scheduled. Ranger programs are dependent on the availability of staff, weather conditions and MAY BE CANCELED WITHOUT NOTICE. REMIND YOUR STUDENTS NOT TO CLIMB ON THE CANNONS—THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS.
Bus parking is located south of the main parking lot at the Visitor Center.
Teachers, chaperons and students should plan ahead and dress comfortably, taking into account weather conditions. Teachers should send home a note with students reminding parents to dress their children appropriately the day of the field trip. ALL programs offered are outdoors.
Groups may bring their lunch and eat only in the picnic area. Please be sure to deposit all trash in the trash cans provided or carry it out of the park. NO FOOD OR DRINKS ARE ALLOWED INSIDE THE VISITOR CENTER.
In advance of the trip, the teacher should discuss the following park rules with his/her students and chaperons:
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT PROGRAMS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE IF STAFF IS AVAILABLE. CONTACT PARK STAFF FOR MORE INFORMATION.
6 - The Cross Christian Academy
7 - The Cross Christian Academy
We cannot provide field trips the weeks of February 24, 2014 thru March 7, 2014.
We cannot provide for groups March 18, 19 or 20
21 - Westwood Elementary
16 - Exeter R-VI
17 - Anderson Elementary
25 - Shepard's Center
28 - Frank Tillery Elementary
2 - Central JR High
17 - Christa McAuliffe Academy
Did You Know?
The Elkhorn Tavern served as headquarters and hospital for both the Union and Confederate armies at different times during the battle.