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Protecting America’s Great Outdoors and Powering Our Future. This is the official account for the Department.
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Captivating colors light up the desert sky at Arches NationalPark (archesnps) in Utah. Many trails lead to the park’s iconic stone arches, including a gentle, one-mile roundtrip hike to this exceptional view of Turret Arch from the North Window. Although this spot is famous for sunrise, sunsets are equally beautiful. Photo courtesy of Manish Mamtani (mmamtani). usinterior findyourpark

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Happy NationalPuppyDay! 🐶 Did you know that dogs aren’t the only animals with pups? Other species, like the fox, have young that are also called pups. In the spring, a mother fox gives birth to a litter of 2-12 pups (also called kits). When the pups are about seven months old, they’re ready to strike out on their own. By winter the pup will find a mate and will stay with that mate for the rest of their life. Photo of a red fox at Great Swamp National WildlifeRefuge in NewJersey by Ashleigh Scully via U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (usfws).

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It might be spring, but we can’t wait to enjoy the breathtaking sunsets at Yosemite National Park’s TuolumneMeadows. Here at one of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada, visitors can see the Tuolumne River meandering quietly through its meadow channel against a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks and glacially carved domes. The area yosemitenps is currently closed to cars for snow and reopens in the summer. Photo by NationalPark Service. findyourpark usinterior

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If you think the colorful landscape of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon is interesting, just wait until you see what’s hidden among the unique rock formations. The erosion that created the paintedhills and deep ravines also revealed one of the longest records of evolutionary change on the continent. On the park’s 14,000 acres, scientists have uncovered fossils of plants and animals dating back from 5 million to 44 million years old. If each time period recorded here is a page in a book, JohnDay FossilBeds holds an entire chapter of Earth’s history. Photo by Lucie Jiraskova (www.sharetheexperience.org). findyourpark usinterior

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Remember to look up when walking in a forest of redwoods! Redwood State and National Parks (redwoodnps) is home to the tallest trees on Earth, which can reach heights of more than 300 feet, or nearly 28 stories. Stroll among these California giants, as well as vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways and nearly 40 miles of rugged coastline. Photo courtesy of Andy Best (andy_best). usinterior findyourpark 🌲🌲

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Check out this peaceful scene at Table Rock Wilderness in Oregon for International Day of Forests 🌲. See old growth Douglas fir and western hemlock along four terrific trails as you hike up to the “fortress” of TableRock. Breathe in the rich, forest air and remember the poem by Robert Frost, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep.” Photo by Bureau of Land Management - Oregon (mypubliclands). mypubliclands usinterior

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I spy ... The eastern screech owl is a master of disguise. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey, which generally nest in tree cavities. The eastern screech looks like a miniature great horned and has a wingspan of 1½ - 2 feet. This photo was taken at Georgia’s Okefenokee National WildlifeRefuge, which serves as a breeding ground for migratory birds and other animals. Photo by Graham McGeorge (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior

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Happy first day of Spring! Let’s welcome the season with a blanket of wildflowers at Carrizo Plain National Monument in California. Only a few hours from Los Angeles, CarrizoPlain offers visitors a chance to be alone with nature. Prominent features of the monument include the white alkali flats of Soda Lake, vast open grasslands and a broad plain rimmed by mountains. When conditions are right, numerous wildflowers can carpet the valley floor, creating a beautiful, but temporary landscape of color. Photo by Curtis Kautzer (www.sharetheexperience.org). mypubliclands usinterior

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DeathValley NationalPark is famous for its spectacular spring wildflower displays. While the intensity of the bloom varies greatly from year to year, flowers are never totally absent. This year, wildflowers are generally sparse along popular scenic routes, but intrepid photographers like Michael Hardridge are finding desert sand verbena blooming at deathvalleynps Ibex Dunes, a remote area that requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle and good route finding skills. For exceptional this year, head to other southern California public lands like Mojave Trails National Monument, Joshua Tree and North Algodones Dunes Wilderness. Sunset photo taken on March 4 courtesy of Michael Hardridge (michaelhardridge). trackthebloom usinterior findyourpark

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A lavender sunrise reveals the marbled and cracked surface of DreamLake at RockyMountain NationalPark in Colorado. If not for the chill, this would be the most beautiful floor in the world. Photo rockynps courtesy of Eric Schuette (ericschuettephotography). findyourpark usinterior

5 Days ago
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We’re ending the day with purple skies and this amazing doublerainbow 🌈 from GrandCanyon National Park in Arizona. Photographer Tony Prince arrived at grandcanyonnps's Toroweap (also spelled Tuweep) Lookout on the North Rim to find cloudy skies and light rain. But luck was on his side. Just before sunset, the sun slipped under the clouds and rewarded him with a beautiful double rainbow. Photo by Tony Prince (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark stpatricksday

6 Days ago
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Is everyone wearing green today? Nature’s light show displays a fantastic emerald ripple above Denali NationalPark (denalinps) in Alaska, a great place to see the Northern Lights. Says photographer Carl Johnson, “Having great auroraborealis images to show for a night out in the cold cannot truly capture the thrill of just being out there and witnessing this amazing phenomenon.” Photo courtesy of Carl Johnson (arcticlight-ak). usinterior findyourpark stpatricksday

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Venture into a stunning mosaic of rugged mountain ranges, ancient lava flows and spectacular sand dunes at MojaveTrails National Monument in California. Visit now to witness an early spring superbloom. Amboy Crater currently has wildflowers stretching out to the horizon in a stunning natural display. MeetUsonRoute66 to see it for yourself this Saturday at 4:30 pm PT during an InstaMeet at California’s Amboy Crater. Photo by Bob Wick, mypubliclands. usinterior trackthebloom 🌻🌺🌼

7 Days ago
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The vast, wild landscape of BighornCanyon National Recreation Area offers visitors unparalleled opportunities to immerse themselves in the natural world, and experience the wonders of this extraordinary place. With over 120,000 acres in Montana and Wyoming, one can find an astounding diversity in ecosystems, wildlife and more. It’s also an amazing place to greet the new day. Photo courtesy of Aaron Selig (aaronseligphoto). usinterior findyourpark

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About 2 miles west of Lone Pine, California, is an otherworldly landscape of granite rock that has been etched by wind and water, creating the unusual rounded formations of AlabamaHills. The weathered contours of the Alabamas form a sharp contrast with the crisply-sculpted ridges of the nearby SierraNevada. The area has attracted rock climbers, hikers, mountain bikers and anglers -- not to mention filmmakers who have used it as the setting for numerous movies and commercials. Photo courtesy of Sangeeta Dey (sangeetadeyphotography). usinterior

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Highly intelligent and resourceful, raccoons are one of the most widespread mammals in North America. They have adapted to live in forests, mountain areas, coastal marshes and even urban centers. In Native American legends, they are known as tricksters and mischief-makers. Their characteristic masks and dexterous paws make them seem cute and approachable, but never forget that they are wild animals. Photo by Gary Miller, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (usfws). wildliferefuge usinterior

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A sea of clouds snakes between snow-capped mountain peaks in this dreamy sunset from Hurricane Ridge in Washington’s Olympic NationalPark. Winter visitors olympicnationalpark can enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Check the weather before you visit -- Hurricane Ridge Road opens Friday through Sunday during the winter season, weather-permitting. Photo courtesy of Jamie Michel. usinterior findyourpark

9 Days ago
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Happy 114th birthday to the National Wildlife Refuge System! Founded in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the system now includes more than 560 national wildlife refuges across the country. With at least one usfws wildlife refuge in every state and a refuge within an hour’s drive of most major cities, there’s no reason you shouldn’t explore America’s best kept secret. Photo of Minnesota Valley National WildlifeRefuge by Erik Fremstad (erikfremstad ) usinterior

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Getting a sunrise photo of ReflectionCanyon at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area in Utah is a rewarding, but challenging experience. Finding this surreal location requires a 20-mile round trip hike through ravines and over hills without trail markers or fresh water. There is no phone signal and it’s so remote, you probably won’t see another person during the hike. The good news is, you’ll have this view all to yourself. Photo courtesy of Brock Slinger (brockoli6). usinterior findyourpark

10 Days ago
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The desert at sunrise seems so peaceful and still, but if you look closer, the sights and sounds of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona reveal a remarkable community of plants and animals. Human stories echo throughout this desert preserve, chronicling thousands of years of living. A scenic drive, wilderness hike or a night of camping will expose you to a living that beautiful and thriving. Photo by NationalPark Service. findyourpark usinterior

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