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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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Most people know Redwood National and State Parks as home to the tallest trees on Earth, but these California parks offer so much more. @Redwoodnps are home to vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways and nearly 40 miles of rugged coastline. Pictured here, morning light illuminates a field of lupines. Photo courtesy of Matt Walker ( @rootswalker). usinterior findyourpark

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The OwyheeRiver flows through the 1,000-foot deep "Grand Canyon" of Oregon. Named for a trio of Hawaiian trappers exploring the uncharted river, the word Owyhee is derived from an earlier version of “Hawaii.” Today this river is well-known by rafters for its remote beauty and technically challenging rapids. It's also a protected Wild & Scenic River to ensure its millions of years of history and archaeological value will be preserved for future generations. Photo by Bureau of Land Management. @mypubliclands usinterior

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With rugged mountains, dynamic glaciers, temperate rainforest, wild coastlines and deep sheltered fjords, GlacierBay NationalPark is a highlight of Alaska's Inside Passage and part of a World Heritage Site. From sea to summit, @glacierbaynps offers limitless opportunities for adventure and inspiration. Pictured here are two orcas swimming past the park’s South Marble Island. Photo courtesy of Nick Harrison ( @youthgroupnick). FindYourPark usinterior

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There are skies and then there are BlueRidgeParkway skies. The southern end of the parkway in NorthCarolina winds through the highest elevations, offering dramatic mountain top views. When photographer Robert Stephens chanced upon this scene at @blueridgenps's Bear Trap Gap, he said “It almost felt like an out of body experience. You can't believe what you're seeing, but it's there! I was so in awe of the light filtering over the ridges I had to remember to snap my shutter!” Photo courtesy of Robert Stephens ( @solitarytravelerphoto). FindYourPark usinterior

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Here’s a moment of zen: Sunset on the first day of summer at CapeCod National Seashore ( @capecodnps) in Massachusetts. Video by NationalPark Service. FindYourPark usinterior

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The sound of water babbling in a stream. Sunlight streaming through tall trees. The rich smell of the misty forest drifting on the air. Find your perfect nature moment at Olympic NationalPark in Washington. Photo @olympicnationalpark by Adam Jewell (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

3 Days ago
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Volcanic peaks, evergreen forests, and its incredibly blue water are some of the main attractions at CraterLake NationalPark in Oregon. But very little was known about what lies beneath these clear waters … until now. Recently, @USGS mapped the lake bottom to shed light on the geology, geomorphology and geologic history of Crater Lake. Photo by Chris Hatfield (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior FindYourPark

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Within sight of NewYork City skyscrapers, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is an 18,000-acre wetland estuary surrounded by the Rockaway Peninsula to the south, Brooklyn to the west, and Queens to the east. An area almost equal to the size of Manhattan, the bay consists of numerous islands, a labyrinth of waterways, meadowlands and two freshwater ponds. The refuge provides an accessible and unique environment for both wildlife and urban recreation. Sunset photo @gatewaynps by Micael Fano (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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The longest day of the year, the summer solstice is when the sun reaches the most northern point of its migration: the Tropic of Cancer. The farther north you go, the more sunlight you get. Believe it or not, this gorgeous shot of Kenai National WildlifeRefuge in Alaska was taken at midnight a few summers ago. Photo by Gareth Blakemore (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior

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Happy first day of summer from GrandTeton NationalPark in Wyoming. Photo @grandtetonnps by Manish Mamtani ( @mmamtani, www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior firstdayofsummer summersolstice

5 Days ago
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Whoa! Check out this great shot of a double rainbow 🌈 at Yosemite National Park in California. Photo from @yosemitenps's TunnelView by NationalPark Service. FindYourPark usinterior

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Today we’re celebrating our national bird, the bald eagle, for AmericanEagleDay. On June 20, 1782, the baldeagle was placed at the center of the Great Seal of the United States and remains a symbol of our proud country. After a dramatic recovery, bald eagles are found in every state but Hawaii, soaring high and inspiring the nation. Photo from the Gulkana Wild and Scenic River in Alaska by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management. @mypubliclands usinterior

6 Days ago
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From lush rain forest to steaming lava lake, hiking on the Kīlauea Iki trail at Hawaii Volcanoes NationalPark is an amazing experience. The crater itself is a stark, gray landscape of rocky hills that slope down to a floor paved with cooled, hardened lava. The main attraction is Pu‘u Pua‘i (gushing hill), a volcanic cone created during a large eruption in 1959. Photo @hawaiivolcanoesnps by Rick Vega (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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Sometimes you just need to get away. Here’s a brilliant sunrise from Shenandoah NationalPark in Virginia. Photo @shenandoahnps courtesy of Chris Militzer ( @miliman12). FindYourPark usinterior

7 Days ago
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Happy FathersDay! There’s nothing better than sharing a special moment with dad on your public lands. Rick Scalf and his dad were photographing sunrise at RockyMountain NationalPark in Colorado when a rainbow started to appear. “We began shooting the scene in true amazement as this complete rainbow unfolded before our eyes.” Photo @rockynps by Rick Scalf (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior FindYourPark

8 Days ago
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The natural beauty of public lands can stop you in your tracks. When you see the amazing landscapes and stunning sunsets at Badlands NationalPark in SouthDakota, you’ll remember it for the rest of your life. Photo @badlandsnps by Donna Schneider (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

9 Days ago
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On a moonless night, OldFaithful puts on quite a show as the fountain of water reaches for the stars. Photo at Yellowstone National Park ( @yellowstonenps) in Wyoming by the NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark MilkyWay

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It’s WorldSeaTurtleDay -- a perfect chance to share this video of a baby sea turtle release. This release of Kemp's ridley hatchings from PadreIsland NationalSeashore in Texas is just one example of how the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are aiding the recovery of these magnificent animals. Seaturtles can live for decades and swim thousands of miles in their lifetimes. Kemp’s ridley are small, but leatherback turtles can weigh in at over 1,000 pounds. Video @padreislandnps by National Park Service. FindYourPark usinterior

10 Days ago
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It’s easy to see why the Paradise area of MountRainier NationalPark in Washington is so popular. It’s famous for its glorious views and wildflower meadows. At sunset, the day’s last light reflects off the Tatoosh Range in the distance, making for amazing photos. Photo @mountrainiernps courtesy of Matt Purciel ( @california_matt). FindYourPark usinterior

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Over millions of years, wind and rain have eroded sediments from the Guadalupe Mountains in Texas, exposing the limestone of an ancient reef. Embedded in the stone just below the state’s highest peak, fossils records give evidence of Earth’s largest extinction. That’s just one chapter of this amazing landscape’s history, which also includes 10,000 years of human history from bloody conflicts between Mescalero Apaches and Buffalo Soldiers, the coming of ranchers and settlers, and finally, the making of GuadalupeMountains NationalPark. Photo @guadalupemountainsnps by Brandon Cozart (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

11 Days ago
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Water is the lifeblood of Voyageurs NationalPark in Minnesota. Forty percent of the park is the waters of Rainy, Kabetogama, Namakan and Sand Point Lakes. These waters were the transportation corridors for the park's namesake, the voyageurs, and they are the basis for recreation in @nps today. Visitors find it easy to imagine the and Native Americans of the past dipping their canoe paddles into the clear, dark waters to the rhythm of their songs, gliding past the rocks and pines of this gorgeous northern landscape. Photo by Erik Fremstad ( @erikfremstad, www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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It’s FlagDay! One of the best stories about Old Glory is from FortMcHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Maryland. During the 1814 Battle of Baltimore, a massive flag measuring 30 feet high and 42 feet long flew over the fort. After a night of British bombardment, Francis Scott Key saw the flag still waving above the fort and was inspired to write the words for the “Star Spangled Banner.” It remains a moving sight to this day. Photo of a Blue Angels demonstration @fortmchenrynps by Trent Pitsenbarger (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

12 Days ago
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Big Oaks National WildlifeRefuge encompasses 50,000 acres of grasslands, caves and forests in Indiana. More than 200 species of birds and 46 species of mammals are found on the refuge, including these cute bobcat kittens recently spotted in the area. 🐯 When you see “abandoned” young animals, remember to leave them alone. A parent is probably close by waiting for you to leave. Photos by Rob Chapman, @usfws. usinterior cuteanimals animals

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Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska is a true wilderness filled with mountains, glaciers, historic sites, and several living cultures. A trip here can be quite different from a park in the lower 48. Flexibility and patience are required -- visitor services are limited, access can be challenging, weather varies widely -- but the reward is worth the effort! Photo courtesy of Jacob W. Frank, NationalPark Service ( @alaskanps). FindYourPark usinterior

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A visit to TronaPinnacles is like a journey to another planet. One of the most unusual geologic wonders in the California desert, Trona Pinnacles’ landscape consists of more than 500 tufa (calcium carbonate) pinnacles rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin. These tufa spires, some as high as 140 feet, were formed underwater 10,000-100,000 years ago when Searles Lake formed a link in an interconnected chain of Pleistocene lakes stretching from Mono Lake to Death Valley. Photo of the MilkyWay over the Pinnacles courtesy of Ray Lee ( @rayophotography13). FindYourPark usinterior

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If not for the foresight of a few individuals including Theodore Roosevelt, the American bison could have become extinct. Hunted to the edge of annihilation, by the early 20th century only a few small herds remained. In 1956, 29 were brought from Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge in Nebraska and released in TheodoreRoosevelt National Park in NorthDakota. Here they roam freely on 46,000 acres and number in the hundreds. Photo @theodorerooseveltnps by NationalPark Service. FindYourPark usinterior

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Sometimes the most fleeting of sunrises are the most beautiful. Crystal Brindle captured this stunner near Bowen Pass at NorthCascades NationalPark in Washington. It was her last sunrise as a ranger in @ncascadesnps's backcountry. It was a memory that’ll last a lifetime. Photo courtesy of Crystal Brindle ( @crystalann_b). FindYourPark usinterior

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We’re celebrating National GetOutdoors Day with this beautiful pic from Sequoia and KingsCanyon National Parks in California. While backpacking a section of the John Muir Trail between Rae Lake and Kearsarge, Vivek Vijaykumar captured this amazing sunrise on the Sierra. Photo @sequoiakingsnps by Vivek Vijaykumar (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior FindYourPark

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Whether it’s your first visit or your 10th, GrandCanyon NationalPark in Arizona will amaze you with its immense size and awe-inspiring vistas. Photo @grandcanyonnps courtesy of Eric Neitzel ( @LifeByEric). FindYourPark usinterior

17 Days ago
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Spring green joins nature’s vibrant palette at GreatSandDunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado. Late spring is one of the more visually stunning times of the year at the park, when aspen and cottonwoods show bright new leaves, Medano Creek is flowing and the mountains are still snowcapped. The unexpected combination of these diverse elements brings a response of awe, along with a desire to share the experience with others. Photo @greatsanddunesnps by Patrick Myers, NationalPark Service. FindYourPark usinterior

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A lifetime of exploration awaits you at Canyonlands NationalPark in Utah. Countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries are spread over 337,000 acres of gorgeous desert terrain. A gorgeous, but challenging landscape, make sure you’re ready to face it with plenty of water and planning. Photo @canyonlandsnps courtesy of Michael Hardridge ( @michaelhardridge). FindYourPark usinterior

18 Days ago
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Oceans are vital to wildlife and our planet. Containing 99 percent of the living space on earth, oceans are vast habitats for an impressive array of life. To celebrate WorldOceanDay, we’re sharing this remarkable picture of bioluminescent plankton near Haystack Rock at Oregon Coast National WildlifeRefuge. From moments like this to surfing, sailing, fishing and diving, oceans are essential to our lives, economy and natural understanding. Photo courtesy of Jeff Berkes ( @jeffberkesphoto). usinterior

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Words don’t do it justice. Glacier NationalPark in Montana. Photo @glaciernps courtesy of Daniel Ewert ( @trailwandering). FindYourPark usinterior

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