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Here Are the Best Airports to Fly Into and Out of Each National Park in the US

Here Are the Best Airports to Fly Into and Out of Each National Park in the US

Visiting a national park is one of the most rewarding experiences in a lifetime, an unforgettable moment that will provide heirloom memories for friends and families. However, due to the pristine scenery protected by the government and National Park Service, civilization can lie quite a distance from the park’s entrance.

As a result, flying into national parks can be quite a challenge. For some of the more remote parks in Alaska, it is even difficult to find roads into the park. Nonetheless, where there is a will, there is a way, and the following breakdown looks at some of the best options for flying into the various national parks in the United States.

The Best Airports to Access US National Parks

The table in this section looks at where each national park is located, the nearest airport to the park entrance, the nearest major airport, and general commentary on flying options.

Note that the nearest airports to most national parks are often quite expensive and have limited availability, so if finding affordable flights is your highest priority, it may be worthwhile to fly into one of the major airports and drive the remaining distance.

Name of National ParkLocationNearest AirportNearest Major AirportComments
AcadiaAtlantic Coast of MaineBar Harbor Airport (BHB)Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)BOS is 280 miles away; Portland and Bangor International Airport are also in the vicinity
ArchesGrand County, UtahCanyonlands Field Airport (CNY)Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)SLC is 246 miles away; Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) may be another option
BadlandsSouth DakotaRapid City Regional Airport (RAP)Denver International Airport (DEN)At 68 miles away, RAP is the only practical option, DEN is over 6 hours – 364 miles – away.
Big BendSouthwest TexasMidland International Airport (MAF)MAFMAF is 197 miles away from the park. Some visitors prefer flying into El Paso (ELP), which is 287 miles away
BiscayneNorthern Florida KeysMiami International Airport (MIA)MIAMIA is only 31 miles away; however, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL) is another major airport just 60 miles away
Black Canyon of the GunnisonMontrose County, ColoradoMontrose Regional Airport (MJT)Denver International Airport (DEN)MJT is just 2 miles away; Denver is 187; SLC is 272
Bryce CanyonSouthern UtahBryce Canyon Airport (BCE)McCarran International Airport (LAS)BCE is 13 miles from the park entrance; LAS is 275; SLC is 276
Cabrillo National MonumentSan Diego, California San Diego International Airrport (SAN) SAN SAN is just 6 miles from Cabrillo National Monument
CanyonlandsSoutheastern UtahCanyonlands Field Airport (CNY)SLCCNY is 68 miles away; SLC is 288; GJT is another option
Capitol ReefUtah’s south-central desertBryce Canyon Airport (BCE)SLCBCE is 122 miles away; SLC is 228; CNY and GJT are other options
Carlsbad CavernsCarlsbad, NMEl Paso International Airport (ELP)ELPELP is 145 miles away; Lubbock (LBB) is 178 and Albuquerque (ABQ) is 275
Channel IslandsSouthern California coastLos Angeles International Airport (LAX)LAXIt is highly likely LAX will be the best option, as it is by far the closest at 78 miles; perhaps check SNA or ONT for lower fares
CongareeCentral South CarolinaColumbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)CAE is 29 miles away; CLT is 115; plenty of other options including AGS, GSP, and SAV
Crater LakeCascade Mountains of southern OregonCrater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport (LMT)Portland International Airport (PDX)LMT is 61 miles away; PDX is 291
Cuyahoga ValleyNear Cleveland, OhioAkron Fulton International Airport (AKC)Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE)Two solid airline choices within 25 miles with AXC at 22 and CLE at 25
Death ValleyEastern border of south-central CaliforniaFurnace Creek Airport (DTH)LASBest bet is likely to fly into Las Vegas (LAS) and drive the 111 miles to Death Valley
DenaliAlaska’s interior wildernessFairbanks International Airport (FAI)Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC)Really the only two options; FAI is 121 miles away, and ANC is 244
Dry Tortugas70 miles west of Key West, FloridaSouthwest Florida International Airport (RSW)MIATough location to get to; RSW is 147 miles away, and MIA is 180
EvergladesThe southern tip of FloridaMIAFLLPlenty of options as MIA and FLL are both within 70 miles; RSW and PBI are also within 110
Gates of the ArcticNorthern AlaskaFAIFAIFAI is the only option, and it is 264 miles south of the park
GlacierMontana’s Rocky MountainsGlacier Park International Airport (FCA)Spokane International Airport (GEG)It is best to try and fly into FCA, which is 26 miles from the park entrance; GEG is 280 miles away, with the only other practical options in Canada
Glacier BaySoutheast AlaskaGustavus Airport (GST)Juneau International Airport (JNU)GST is 5 miles away from the park and services local flights; JNU is 65 miles southeast
Grand CanyonNorthwest ArizonaFlagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG)Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)FLG is 80 miles away; PHX is 232; LAS is 273
Grand TetonNorthwestern WyomingJackson Hole Airport (JAC)SLCJAC is 5 miles away; SLC is 293; other options include IDA and BXN
Great BasinWhite Pine County, NevadaCedar City Regional Airport (CDC)SLC and LASCDC is 110 miles away; SLC is 175; LAS is 206; other options are SGU and BCE
Great Sand DunesSouthern ColoradoSan Luis Valley Airport (ALS)DENALS is 36 miles away, but services very few flights; DEN is 151 miles away; COS is another option
Great Smoky MountainsThe border between Tennessee and North CarolinaMcGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)CLTTYS is 49 miles away; CLT is 192; other options within 200 miles include AVL, GSP, and CHA
Guadalupe MountainsWest Texas, just east of El PasoELPELPELP is the biggest and closest airport at 115 miles west of the park; MAF is another option at 170 miles
HaleakalaMaui County, HawaiiKahului Airport (OGG)Honolulu International Airport (HNL)OGG is 28 miles away; HNL is 122
Hawai’i VolcanoesHawaii Island (Big Island)Hilo International Airport (ITO)HNLITO is 37 miles away; all flights into HNL must connect to ITO to access the park
Hot SpringsGarland County, ArkansasMemorial Field Airport (HOT)Bill and Hillary Clinton International Airport (LIT)HOT is 7 miles away; LIT is 57
Isle RoyaleKeweenaw County, MichiganDuluth International Airport (DLH)Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)DLH is 173 miles away; MSP is 297; this is a tough park to access, as it is in Lake Superior well to the north of Michigan Upper Peninsula
Joshua TreeSouthern CaliforniaPalm Springs International Airport (PSP)LAXPSP is 37 miles away; LAX is 143; ONT, SNA, SAN, and LAS are all within 200 miles
KatmaiSouthern AlaskaANCANCANC is 241 miles away, and this park cannot be driven into, making it one of the tougher parks to access
Kenai FjordsKenai Peninsula Borough, AlaskaANCANCANC is 126 miles away
Kings CanyonCalifornia’s Sierra Nevada MountainsFresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT)Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO)FAT is 65 miles away; RNO is 192; other options include VIS and SJC
Kobuk ValleyKotzebue, AlaskaFAIANCFAI is 368 miles away; ANC is 509; this is a hard park to access, as it is north of the arctic circle
Lake ClarkSouthwest AlaskaANCANCANC is 155 miles away
Lassen VolcanicNorthern CaliforniaRNORNORNO is 111 miles away; SMF, OAK, and SFO are other major airports within 200 miles
Mammoth CaveWest-central KentuckyLouisville International Airport (SDF)Nashville International Airport (BNA)SDF is 88 miles away; BNA is 101
Mesa VerdeMontezuma County, ColoradoCortez Municipal Airport (CEZ)NoneCEZ is 15 miles away; other options are CNY and GJT
Mount RainierWest-central WashingtonSeattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA)SEASEA is 95 miles away; PDX is another option at 151 miles away
North CascadesWhatcom, Skagit, and Chelan Counties, WashingtonSEASEASEA is 103 miles away; if you want to fly internationally, YVR is 90 miles away
OlympicWashington’s Olympic PeninsulaSEASEASEA is 129 miles away; YVR ad PDX are other options
Petrified ForestNortheastern ArizonaPHXPHXPHX is 207 miles away; PRC and ABQ are other options
PinnaclesCentral CaliforniaSJCOAK/SFOA lot of options; SJC is 86 miles away; OAK is 116, and SFO is 117
RedwoodsNorthern California coastSacramento International Airport (SMF)OAK/SFOSMF is 12 miles away; OAK and SFO are just over 100; PDX is another option
Rocky MountainNorthern ColoradoDENDENAt 85 miles away, DEN is highly likely to be the best overall option
SaguaroSouthern ArizonaTucson International Airport (TUS)PHXTUS is 26 miles away; PHX is 106
SequoiaCalifornia’s southern Sierra Nevada mountainsVisalia Municipal Airport (VIS)FATVIS is 59 miles away; FAT is 81
ShenandoahVirginia’s Blue Ridge MountainsCharlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO)Dulles International Airport (IAD)CHO is 36 miles away; IAD is 109; DCA is another option
Theodore RooseveltWestern North DakotaDickinson Theodore Roosevelt Regional Airport (DIK)NoneDIK is 48 miles away; BIS and RAP are other options
VoyageursNorthern MinnesotaRange Regional Airport (HIB)MSPHIB is 76 miles away; MSP is 250; DLH is another option
Wind CaveSouthwestern South DakotaRAPNoneRAP is 59 miles away
Wrangell-St. EliasSouth-central AlaskaANC/FAIANC/FAIANC is 234, and FAI is 262 miles away
YellowstoneNorthwestern Wyoming and southwestern MontanaWest Yellowstone Airport (WYS)NoneWYS is 35 miles away; JAC is another regional option 70 miles away
YosemiteCalifornia’s Sierra Nevada mountainsMerced Airport (MCE)FATMCE is 2 hours away; FAT is 2.5 hours away
ZionSouthwest UtahSt. George Regional Airport (SGU)LASSGU is 46 miles away; LAS is 168
Closest and most practical airports for visiting each National Park

Final Thoughts

Visiting a national park is sure to produce lasting memories. However, due to the diligent preservation efforts to keep the parks pristine, it can sometimes be difficult to access them via conventional transportation routes. As a result, if you are looking into flying into one of the US national parks, the above table provides a concise breakdown to make your life easier.


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