Last updated: March 3, 2011
National Historic Site
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 Indian 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
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
Eleven States: ID,IL,IA,KS,MO,MT,NE,ND,OR,SD,WA
Between May 1804 and September 1806, 31 men, one woman, and a baby traveled from the plains of the Midwest to the shores of the Pacific Ocean. They called themselves the Corps of Discovery. In their search for a water route to the Pacific Ocean, they opened a window into the west for the young United States.
National Scenic Trail
Seven States-New York to North Dakota , MI,MN,ND,NY,OH,PA,WI
From New York to North Dakota, you're never far from a great outdoor adventure. When completed the trail will be the longest continuous hiking trail in the United States. The trail links scenic, natural, historic, and cultural areas across seven states allowing visitors to experience a variety of northern landscapes. Come and experience your America, at a walking pace.
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
- 780,578 Visitors to National Parks
- $50,000,000 Economic Benefit from National Park Tourism »
- $55,377,527 of Rehabilitation Projects Stimulated by Tax Incentives (since 1995) »
- $37,390,695 of Land & Water Conservation Fund Appropriated for Projects (since 1965) »
- 7 Certified Local Governments »
- 6 Community Conservation & Recreation Projects (since 1987) »
- 155 Acres Transferred by Federal Lands to Parks for Local Parks and Recreation (since 1948) »
- 16,852 Hours Donated by Volunteers »
- 1 National Heritage Area »
- 2 National Trails Managed by NPS »
- 439 National Register of Historic Places Listings »
- 6 National Historic Landmarks »
- 4 National Natural Landmarks »
- 135 Places Recorded by Heritage Documentation Programs »
- 790,488 Objects in National Park Museum Collections »
- 399 Archeological Sites in National Parks »
- 2 Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans »
- 4 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 9/30/2016.