Trails & Rails - Parks

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Join our National Park Service volunteers on board Amtrak's trains.

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A number of National Park Service Areas are involved in providing Trails & Rails programs on board Amtrak trains.

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta, CO
The fort, now completely reconstructed north of the Arkansas River, was an important fur trading post in the 1833-1849 period where Indians and trappers exchanged furs for trade goods. Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site (NHS) became a unit of the National Park Service in June 1960. It consists of 799 acres.

Bent's Old Fort NHS provides Trails & Rails programs on board the Southwest Chief between La Junta, Colorado and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, CA

Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo stepped into history as the first European to set foot on what is now the West Coast of the United States. In addition to telling the story of 16th century exploration, the park is home to a wealth of cultural and natural resources.

Trails & Rails guides climb aboard the Pacific Surfliner between San Diego and Los Angeles.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP, Hagerstown, MD
Preserving America's early transportation history, the C&O Canal began as a dream of passage to Western wealth. Operating for nearly 100 years the canal was a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market. Today it endures as a pathway for discovering historical, natural and recreational treasures.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park provides Trails and Rails programs aboard the Capitol Limited between Cumberland, MD and Washington, DC.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sulphur, OK
Chickasaw National Recreation Area was established in 1906 to provide for the protection of its unique recreational, cultural and natural resources, including springs, streams, lakes, hiking trails and historic structures. The park's goal is to provide each visitor with an educational, enjoyable, safe and memorable experience.

Chickasaw National Recreation Area provides Trails & Rails Programs on board the Heartland Flyer between Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Ft. Worth, Texas.

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Waterford, NY
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor stretches more than 500 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York and encompasses 234 diverse communities connected by a waterway that built the Empire State and shaped the nation. Trails & Rails programs cover the rich history of the Mohawk Valley, including the story of the Erie Canal.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor's programs are offered on board the Maple Leaf between the Albany-Rensselaer train station west to Syracuse, New York. The program is made possible with additional guidance from the Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor, the New York State Canal Corporation and the New York State Department of Transportation.

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Harpers Ferry, WV
A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. There's a wide variety of experiences for visitors of all ages, so come and discover Harpers Ferry.

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park provides Trails and Rails programs aboard the Capitol Limited between Cumberland, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt NHS, Hyde Park, NY
This is the lifelong home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt which he deeded to the Nation upon his death. The extant cultural landscape and viewshed so influenced the future New York State governor and U.S. president that the roots of his social, economic, and political legacy can be traced there. The mission statement of the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site is to preserve the estate and memorial gravesite of the 20th century's most influential leader, the only United States president elected to four terms in office.

The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site provides Trails and Rails programs aboard the Adirondack between Harmon, NY and Albany, NY.

Indiana Dunes NL, Porter, IN
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a treasure of diverse natural and historic resources located within an urban setting. The park is comprised of over 15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers, and forests. It contains 15 miles of Lake Michiganshoreline spanning the distance from Gary, IN to Michigan City, IN.

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore provides Trails and Rails Programs aboard the Wolverine between Chicago, IL and Niles, MI.

Intermountain Regional Office, National Park Service, Denver, CO
The Intermountain Regional Office provides Trails and Rails Programs aboard the California Zephyr between Grand Junction, CO and Denver.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial consists of the Gateway Arch, the Museum of Westward Expansion, and St. Louis' Old Courthouse. Construction of the Arch began in 1963 and was completed on October 28, 1965, for a total cost of less than $15 million. The Gateway Arch has foundations sunk 60 feet into the ground and is built to withstand earthquakes and high winds. It sways up to one inch in a 20 mph wind, and is built to sway up to 18 inches.

Jefferson National Expansion Memorial provides Trails & Rails programs on board the Lincoln Service during select dates between St. Louis and Kansas City, MO and seasonally between St. Louis and Springfield, IL.Select dates between St. Louis and Kansas City, MO and seasonally between St. Louis and Springfield, IL.

Juan Bautista de Anza NHT, San Francisco, CA
Follow the historic route of the 1776 Anza Expedition. Experience the landscape that was traveled by 30 families of soldiers, women, and children who rode horses and walked over 1600 miles from Culiacan, Mexico to establish San Francisco. Juan Anza National Historic Trail (NHT) offers a Trails & Rails program on board the Coast Starlight from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo, and Oakland, California.

Klondike Gold Rush NHP, Seattle, WA
In 1897 news of a gold strike in the Canadian Yukon reached Seattle, triggering a stampede North to the Klondike Gold Fields. From 1897 to 1898, tens of thousands of people from across the United States and around the world descended upon Seattle's commercial district. While in Seattle, the hopeful miners purchased millions of dollars of food, clothing, equipment, pack animals, and steamship tickets. The final outcome of this great stampede helped shape the Seattle we know today, bolstering the city's reputation as the Queen City of the Pacific Northwest.

Klondike Gold Rush NHP provides Trails & Rails programs on board the Empire Builder between Seattle, Washington and Shelby, Montana and the Coast Starlight between Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

Knife River Indian Villages NHS, Stanton, ND
Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site was established October 26, 1974. The 1,758 acre site preserves historic and archaeological remnants of the culture and agricultural lifestyle of the Northern Plains Indians. More than fifty archaeological sites suggest a possible 8,000 year span of inhabitation, ending with five centuries of Hidatsa earthlodge village occupation. The circular depressions at the three village sites are up to 40 feet in diameter and are a silent testimony to the people that lived here.

Knife River Indian Villages NHS provides Trails & Rails programs on board the Empire Builder between Minot, North Dakota and Malta and Shelby, Montana.

Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Springfield, IL
Lincoln was a husband, father, and neighbor, who experienced the same hopes, dreams, and challenges of life still experienced by people today. Many of Lincoln's social and political beliefs were formed while he lived in the house at Eighth and Jackson Streets. His belief in freedom and democracy and the support of family and community propelled him to the White House and the pages of history.

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site provides Trails and Rails Programs aboard the Texas Eagle between Chicago and Springfield, Illinois.

Martin Luther King Jr. NHS, Atlanta, GA
Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site includes a number of facilities that are operated in partnership with the National Park Service, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and The King Center. Within these facilities the visitor can learn about Dr. King's life and and his influence on others. The Visitor Center features exhibits about Dr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (NHS) offer Trails & Rails programs on board the Crescent between Atlanta, Georgia and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, St. Paul, MN
Fed by 250 tributaries in 31 states, the Mississippi River ripples with stories of people and places. It is used by millions of people for drinking water, a playground, a shipping lane, and a political boundary. Influenced by human controls, the River remains a haven for millions of plants, animals and other living things. With Minneapolis and St. Paul at its center, this 72 mile stretch of the river encompasses a variety of public sites that interpret the natural, cultural and economic history of the river corridor while offering a variety of recreational opportunities ranging from boating and fishing to hiking and bird-watching.

Mississippi National River's program operates daily on board the Empire Builder from between St. Paul, MN and Columbus, WI.

National Mall and Memorial Parks, Washington, DC
At the heart of our nation's capital, the National Mall and Memorial Parks is home to iconic structures and rich history. Each year, millions of people visit the National Mall and Memorial Parks to recreate, to commemorate presidential legacies, to honor our nation's veterans, to make their voices heard, and to celebrate our nation's commitment to freedom and equality.

The National Mall and Memorial Parks programs on board the Northeast Corridor between Washington, DC and New York, NY.

New Orleans Jazz NHP, New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park (NHP) was established to celebrate the origins and evolution of America's most widely recognized indigenous musical art form. Through interpretive techniques designed to educate and entertain, New Orleans Jazz NHP seeks to preserve information and resources associated with the origins and early development of jazz in the city widely recognized as its birthplace.

New Orleans Jazz NHP offers Trails & Rails programs on board the City of New Orleans between New Orleans, LA and Jackson, MS and New Orleans and Beaumont, TX.

San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, San Antonio, TX
Four Spanish frontier missions, part of a colonization system that stretched across the Spanish Southwest in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, are preserved here. They include Missions San Jose, San Juan, Espada, and Concepcion. The park, containing many cultural sites along with some natural areas, was established in 1978. The park covers about 819 acres.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (NHP) offers Trails & Rails programs on board the Texas Eagle between San Antonio and Ft. Worth, Texas.

Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, Hyde Park, NY
The Vanderbilt Estate in Hyde Park, New York is perhaps the best, most intact example of the types of estates constructed by wealthy industrialists in the 19th century. The fully-furnished, 54-room mansion is placed in a wondrous landscape with breathtaking views of the Hudson River and distant Catskill Mountains. If offers a glimpse into a past world known by only an elite few.

The Vanderbilt Mansion provides Trails and Rails programs aboard the Adirondack from Croton-Harmon to Albany, New York.

Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences, Texas A&M University,College Station, Texas
The Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University hosts the national office for the National Park Service – Amtrak Trails & Rails partnership. They also coordinate the Trails & Rails program onboard the Southwest Chief between Chicago and La Plata, MO. For further information on the department please see the link at