A person in a green flight suit hunches on the ground while a helicopter takes off nearby in a rocky mountainous area.
Fort Lewis-based Company A, 5th Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment supporting Mount Rainier National Park climbing rangers.

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army, Steve Harding

Cooperators Supporting NPS Missions

  • The National Guard, state, and county aircraft often assist the National Park Service in missions, including support for search and rescue operations as well as medevacs.
  • The US Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine, often provide aerial imagery to support our missions.
A large unmanned aircraft comes into a runway for a landing.
US Customs Predator landing on the runway in Arizona.

Are helicopters and fixed wing airplanes the only aircraft used in national parks?

No, read about a blimp that was used for natural resource monitoring.

Last updated: July 20, 2016