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This information is provided for general reference. Please contact parks directly for specific park information. You can also use the map on this page to go directly to park FAQ pages for more specific information.
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Emergencies

In case of emergency, dial 911. Contact the U.S. Park Police at 202-610-7500.

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Driving conditions

Current transportation work, report road conditions, or file a damage claim.
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Drones / Unmanned Aerial Systems

DC is a No Drone Zone. Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or "drones" are prohibited within 15 miles of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which prohibits flying in all of Washington, DC. Flying is restricted within a 15-30 mile radius of DCA. Details on drones in DC.
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Fountains

Many Washington, DC, national parks include man-made water features including decorative fountains, drinking fountains, and pools. Because DC experiences freezing temperatures in winter, these features are turned off and drained in the winter months, then refilled in the spring when conditions allow. The precise dates fluctuate from year to year depending on weather conditions. Occasionally, these features may be turned off and/or drained for maintenance. Report malfunctioning fountains by contacting the park directly.
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Pets

Dogs are allowed in most park areas, but are required to be restrained on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length. Some areas, such as inside of memorials, are closed to pets. Service animals are permitted.
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Mowing

Mowed areas in DC national park areas are maintained by a combination of National Park Service (NPS) staff and contractors. To report concerns, please contact the park directly.
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Parking

Washington, DC, is an urban environment with heavy traffic and potentially bewildering traffic patterns. Street parking may be available in some locations. Expect metered parking, time limits, and other restrictions. Parking garages are available throughout the city.
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Permits and Reservations

Groups of more than 25 individuals planning an event, demonstration, performance, or similar activity may be subject to obtaining a permit. For more information, or to obtain a permit, visit any national park homepage and click the "Reserve" button. The National Mall permits page has extensive information about the permit process. For regulations, see 36 CFR § 7.96.
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Snow Removal

Major snowfall occurs occasionally in the Washington, DC, area. The sidewalks on the National Mall alone are 55 miles; one inch of snow on that much sidewalk would be enough to fill the Lincoln Memorial chamber 27 times (and that's not counting roads and parking lots!). When it snows, the NPS works to open roads, sidewalks, parking lots, and memorials as soon as possible. If you have specific concerns, please contact the parks directly.

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Last updated: June 29, 2020