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NOLS Operating Areas

NOLS is an equal opportunity service provider, operating under permit and in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, state organizations, and international land management agencies.

Seeing the world, leaving no trace

NOLS is the largest backcountry permit holder in the nation, something the school upholds with a great deal of responsibility. By practicing and instilling Leave No Trace habits, NOLS is able to leave minimal impact on our classrooms in these areas:

National Parks and Refuges

NOLS Operates in: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Big Bend National Park, Bighorn National Canyon National Recreation Area, Canyonlands National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Crooked River National Grassland, Denali National Park and Preserve, Devils Tower National Monument, Dinosaur National Monument, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Jewel Cave National Monument, Joshua Tree National Park, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rushmore National Monument, Noatak National Preserve, North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Yellowstone National Park, Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Services on National Park Service lands and waters are operated by the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Concessioner under contract with the U.S. Government and administered by the National Park Service. The concessioner is responsible for conducting these operations in a satisfactory manner. Prices are approved by the National Park Service.

Please address comments to:
Director National Park Service
1849 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20240

Bureau of Land Management

Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming

US Forest Service

Ashley National Forest, Beaverhead National Forest, Bighorn National Forest, Black Hills National Forest, Bridger-Teton National Forest, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Chugach National Forest, Coronado National Forest, Custer National Forest, Gallatin National Forest, Gila National Forest, Kaibab National Forest, Lincoln National Forest, Manti-Lasal National Forest, Medicine Bow National Forest, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Okanogan National Forest, Salmon-Challis National Forest, San Bernadino National Forest, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Shoshone National Forest, Tongass National Forest, Tonto National Forest, Wenatchee National Forest


Aberdare National Park, Baja California, Baja California Sur, British Columbia Provincial Parks, British Columbia Crown Lands, Drysdale River National Park, Hells Gate National Park, India Himalaya, Kiunga Marine Reserve, Lake Borgoria Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National Park, Lauca National Park, Loita Hills, Parque Conservacion Patgónia, Parque Nacional Laguna San Rafael, Parque Marino Nacíonal Bahía de Loreto, Parque Nacional Queolat, Parque Nacional San Pedro Mártir, Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Reserva del Biósfero Vizcaino, Reserva del Biósfero La Laguna, Reserva del Biósfero Islas del Alto Golfo, Reserva Nacional Cerro Castillo, Reserva Nacional Tamango, Tombstone Territorial Park (Yukon).

Other (State Parks, Partners, etc.)

Adirondack Park, Alaska State Parks, AHTNA Corporation, Anacortes Park and Recreation, Autónoma de Baja California Sur, Bardi Aboriginal Community, Chenega Corporation, Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Cook Inlet Region, Inc., Custer State Park, Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Indian Mountaineering Foundation, Secretaría de Desarrollo Social Universidad, Sinks Canyon State Park, Smith Rock State Park, The Tahltan Nation, Texas State Parks, Utah Division of State Lands and Forestry, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Australia Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC), Yukon Territory, Yukon Territorial Parks.
Photo: Brien Sheedy

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