Project 1966: Hike Every Trail in the National Park 2023

The news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on June 30, 2023. You can read the original release here.

Join a ranger in exploring all the trails of Indiana Dunes National Park. This exciting challenge will span the summer, with each week featuring a new trail. In total, there will be 19 hikes covering 66 miles, symbolizing the year the park was established. If you can’t attend all the hikes or prefer a self-guided experience, you can obtain information about the hikes at the Visitor Center, Paul H. Douglas Center, or find a link to Project 1966 on our website. The hikes will take place every Saturday in July, starting at 8:00 am, with different meeting locations each week.

Here is the schedule:

Saturday, July 1: 8:00 am–1:00 pm Meeting Location: Glenwood Dunes Parking Lot (7.1 mi)

Saturday, July 8: 8:00 am–11:00 am Meeting Location: Visitor Center Parking Lot (4.6 mi)

Saturday, July 15: 8:00 am–11:00 am Meeting Location: Paul H. Douglas Center Parking Lot (3.5 mi)

Saturday, July 22: 8:00 am–10:00 am Meeting Location: Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk Parking Lot (1.5 mi)

Saturday, July 29: 8:00 am–11:00 am Meeting Location: West Beach Parking Lot (3.5 mi)

For more information about this and other programs at Indiana Dunes National Park, you can call 219-395-1882, visit our website, download the official National Park Service app, or view our Facebook page.

Please note that Indiana Dunes National Park charges an entrance fee of $25 per car for a 1–7-day pass. An annual pass for the national park is also available for $45. Passes can be purchased or the entrance fee can be paid at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, Paul H. Douglas Center, West Beach Entrance Station (after April 1st), or online at Free passes are available for Veterans/Military/Gold Star Family, Access, and 4th Grade passes. For more information on national park passes, visit

Indiana Dunes National Park is part of the National Park System, which comprises over 400 units, including landmarks such as Yellowstone and the Statue of Liberty. Situated in Northwest Indiana, the park boasts 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline and encompasses 15,000 acres of diverse landscapes, including beaches, woodlands, prairies, and marshes. The Indiana Dunes attracts up to 3 million visitors annually. Visit for more information.

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