National Historic Site
Fort Union Trading Post
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 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.
National Historic Site
Knife River Indian Villages
Earthlodge people hunted bison and other game, but were in essence farmers living in villages along the Missouri and its tributaries. The site was a major Native American trade center for hundreds of years prior to becoming an important market place for fur traders after 1750.
National Historic Trail
Lewis & Clark
Sixteen States: IA,ID,IL,IN,KS,KY,MO,MT,NE,ND,OH,OR,PA,SD,WA,WV
The Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail winds nearly 4,900 miles through the homelands of more than 60 Tribal nations. It follows the historic outbound and inbound routes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the Pacific Ocean. Follow the trail to find the people, places, and stories that make up the complex legacy of the expedition.
National Scenic Trail
Eight States - Vermont to North Dakota MI,MN,ND,NY,OH,PA,VT,WI
Come to the North Country. Trek the hills and valleys. Stand on the shores of lakes & streams from glaciers 10,000 years before. Clear-flowing water, red/gold of autumn, a fairyland of snow, open prairies, and distant horizons paint the land. Historic sites along the way tell how America settled and grew as a nation. From North Dakota to Vermont, adventure is never far away.
Medora, ND (South Unit). The North Unit is located 15 miles south of Watford City, ND
When Theodore Roosevelt came to Dakota Territory to hunt bison in 1883, he was a skinny, young, spectacled dude from New York. He could not have imagined how his adventure in this remote and unfamiliar place would forever alter the course of the nation. The rugged landscape and strenuous life that TR experienced here would help shape a conservation policy that we still benefit from today.
By The Numbers
- 3 National Parks
- 561,791 Visitors to National Parks
- $47,600,000 Economic Benefit from National Park Tourism »
- $39,389,499 of Land & Water Conservation Fund Appropriated for Projects (since 1965) »
- $230,518 in Historic Preservation Grants (since 1969) »
- 8 Certified Local Governments »
- 150,130 Hours Donated by Volunteers »
- 1 National Heritage Area »
- 2 National Trails Administered by NPS »
- 460 National Register of Historic Places Listings »
- 7 National Historic Landmarks »
- 4 National Natural Landmarks »
- 138 Places Recorded by Heritage Documentation Programs »
- 927,679 Objects in National Park Museum Collections »
- 393 Archeological Sites in National Parks »
- 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 9/30/2020.