Be prepared for your activity in the park!

The National Park Service offers many water and land based activities. We want you to be prepared for your activity before you go. Learn about the typical gear and equipment you will need. Find out about important safety tips to reduce your risk of injury during your visit. Please keep in mind that some activities are not allowed in parks. Find out what activities you can do or check out the "Plan Your Visit" tab on your park’s website.


Learn more about important safety equipment and tips for your activity on the water.

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Get ready for your land based adventure by following these important safety tips.

Last updated: May 8, 2023