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Everglades National Park announces 2007 Summer Hours
Everglades National Park visitor services have changed to summer operations. Visitor center hours will be: 9AM to 5PM daily at the Ernest F. Coe visitor center; 9AM – 4:30PM daily at Flamingo; 9:15AM to 5:15PM at Shark Valley; and 9AM to 4:30PM at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, located in Everglades City, as staffing allows. The Everglades Association offers a wide variety of field guides, books and postcards at the Ernest F. Coe visitor center with outlets located at Shark Valley and the Gulf Coast visitor centers.
Permits are required for summer backcountry camping. Permits will be available at the Flamingo visitor center, the Gulf Coast visitor center and the Key Largo ranger station via a self-registration. The Flamingo visitor center lobby is open 24 hours a day with a self-registration permit center. Permits will be issued at the Gulf Coast visitor center during hours of operation with a self-registration permit box located outside the visitor center during off hours. The Key Largo Ranger Station will also have a self-registration box located outside the station. Front country or car camping will be available both at the Long Pine Key campground and the Flamingo campground.
A ranger guided walk on the Anhinga Trail, at Royal Palm, will be offered daily at 10:30AM. Concession operations at Flamingo, Shark Valley and the Gulf Coast offer a variety of narrated tour opportunities. Concessions at Flamingo include boat tours; offered Thursday through Monday at 10AM, 1PM and 3:30PM; canoe rentals; and a marina store. Flamingo concession operations can be reached at 239-695-3101. Gulf Coast concessions include boat tours and canoe rentals; contact the concessionaire for additional details at 239-695-2591. Shark Valley tram tours will be offered four times daily as well as bicycle rentals. Tram tour concessions can be contacted at 305-221-8455.