Glacier National Park
On August 9, 1877 gun shots shattered a chilly dawn on a sleeping camp of Nez Perce. By the time the smoke cleared on August 10, almost 90 Nez Perce were dead along with 31 soldiers and volunteers. Big Hole National Battlefield was created to honor all who were there.
National Recreation Area
Fort Smith, MT,WY
A landscape of sheer cliffs towering 1,000 feet above a ribbon of blue water. World class fishing and a place where wild horses still run free. Bighorn Canyon is a place where imagination meets reality. Bighorn Canyon has unrivaled recreation possibilities.
National Historic Site
Two States: MT,ND
Between 1828 and 1867, Fort Union was the most important fur trade post on the Upper Missouri River. Here, the Assiniboine and six other Northern Plains Indian Tribes exchanged buffalo robes and smaller furs for goods from around the world, including cloth, guns, blankets, and beads. A bastion of peaceful coexistence, the post annually traded over 25,000 buffalo robes and $100,000 in merchandise.
Northwest Montana, MT
Come and experience Glacier's pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a hiker's paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Relive the days of old through historic chalets, lodges, transportation, and stories of Native Americans. Explore Glacier National Park and discover what awaits you.
National Historic Site
Deer Lodge, MT
Wide open spaces, the hard-working cowboy, his spirited cow pony, and vast herds of cattle are among the strongest symbols of the American West. Once the headquarters of a 10 million acre cattle empire, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site preserves these symbols and commemorates the role of cattlemen in American history.
National Historic Trail
Eleven States: ID,IL,IA,KS,MO,MT,NE,ND,OR,SD,WA
Between May 1804 and September 1806, 31 men, one woman, and a baby traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. In their search for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, they opened a window into the west for the young United States.
Crow Agency, MT
This area memorializes the U.S. Army's 7th Cavalry and the Sioux and Cheyenne in one of the Indians last armed efforts to preserve their way of life. Here on June 25 and 26 of 1876, 263 soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and attached personnel of the U.S. Army, died fighting several thousand Lakota, and Cheyenne warriors.
National Historical Park
four states, ID,MT,OR,WA
Enfolding the traditional homeland of the Nez Perce, scenic river vistas and rolling mountains with ancient rock art speak to the creation of the Nez Perce. Wander the battlefields of the 1877 war and feel the sadness in the wind. Beginning in January, 2015 the park will be commemorating the 50 anniversary of its establishment. Stay tuned for special program information starting in January, 2015.
Yellowstone National Park, ID,MT,WY
It's a Wonderland. Old Faithful and the majority of the world's geysers are preserved here. They are the main reason the park was established in 1872 as America's first national park—an idea that spread worldwide. A mountain wildland, home to grizzly bears, wolves, and herds of bison and elk, the park is the core of one of the last, nearly intact, natural ecosystems in the Earth’s temperate zone.
By The Numbers
- 8 national parks
- 4,281,517 visitors to national parks (in 2013)
- $397,300,000 economic benefit from national park tourism (in 2013) »
- 1,131 National Register of Historic Places listings »
- $60,366,386 of rehabilitation projects stimulated by tax incentives (since 1995) »
- 72,558 hours donated by volunteers »
- 10 National Natural Landmarks »
- 26 National Historic Landmarks »
- $37,962,383 in Land & Water Conservation Fund grants (since 1965) »
- 120 acres transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for local parks and recreation (since 1948) »
- $25,021,826 in historic preservation grants (since 1969) »
- 29 community conservation and recreation projects (since 1987) »
- 2 World Heritage Sites »
- 457 places recorded by heritage documentation programs »
- 1,164,820 objects in national park museum collections »
- 6 threatened and endangered species in national parks »
- 1,006 archeological sites in national parks »
- 17 Certified Local Governments »
- 2 Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans »
- 5 Discover Our Shared Heritage travel itineraries »
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These numbers are just a sample of the National Park Service's work. Figures are for the fiscal year that ended 9/30/13.