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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 of the trees in Yosemite NationalPark in California are evergreen, so fall usually isn’t too dramatic. Still, big-leaf maples, black oaks, Pacific dogwoods and other deciduous trees tend to be showy around mid-October. With fewer visitors than the summer, searchers can take their time looking for a touch of gold or a flash of orange. Finding an autumn view like this along the Merced River is well worth the effort. Photo @yosemitenps by Laura Ashburn (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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Twenty miles outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and not far from the historic battlefields of Lexington and Concord, GreatMeadows National WildlifeRefuge features 3,800 acres of wetlands and forests -- perfect habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. Over 200 species of birds have been sighted here, and white-tailed deer, beaver, fisher, otter, muskrats, red fox, weasels, and various small mammals all find a home in the refuge. Photo by Deb Della Piana (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior

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Exciting news from AssateagueIsland National Seashore. 🐢🐢 In September an entire loggerhead sea turtle nest successfully hatched on the Maryland end of the island with approximately 100 hatchlings making their way out into the ocean. In the Atlantic Ocean, loggerhead sea turtles typically nest on sandy beaches from North Carolina to Florida; it is rare for loggerheads to have successful nests north of Virginia. Although multiple seaturtle nesting attempts have been documented within the National Seashore in past years, this is the first confirmed hatch and the largest number of hatchlings ever recorded. Video by NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark

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On this day in 1781, British forces under General Charles Lord Cornwallis marched across the Yorktown Battlefield in Virginia to surrender to General George Washington, effectively ending the RevolutionaryWar. More than five years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Washington’s army finally achieved the decisive victory that would guarantee our nation’s future. Visit the now peaceful battlefield to learn more about this dramatic moment in our history. Photo at Colonial National Historical Park - YorktownBattlefield by James Gramm (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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We’re ending the @alaskanps takeover with Denali National Park & Preserve ( @denalinps). Measuring 20,310 feet, is the tallest peak in North America and an ever present feature on the landscape. But the park is more than the mountain. With six millions acres of wild land, solitude, tranquility and wilderness await. Photo by NationalPark Service. Be sure to follow @alaskanps for more amazing photos of Alaska’s wild frontier. usinterior findyourpark alaskaday

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The @alaskanps takeover ofAlaska’s spectacular landscape takes us to the largest park in the country. At 13.2 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve ( @wrangellstenps) is a rugged and beautiful area filled with endless opportunities for adventure. Mount St. Elias (pictured here) is located on the international boundary and is the second tallest mountain in both the U.S. and Canada. It rises 18,008 feet from sea level in just 10 miles! Photo by Neal Herbert, NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark alaskaday

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The @alaskanps takeover continues with these Steller sea lions resting on the rocks of Kenai Fjords National Park ( @kenaifjordsnps). KenaiFjords is home to breathtaking glaciers, icefields and coastal fjord, which create a diverse ecosystem for the sea lions and many other animals in this Alaska park. Stellar sealions can be seen throughout the year at the park’s numerous haul-outs. Which Stellar sea lion are you? Photo by K. Thoresen, NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark

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Happy AlaskaDay! 150 years ago today, the Territory of Alaska was formally transferred from Russia to the United States. To celebrate this important day in history, @alaskanps is taking over @USInterior to highlight some of ’s amazing national parks. First up is Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. This vast landscape does not contain any roads or trails and remains virtually unchanged except by the forces of nature. Those who seek out solitude and wilderness are not disappointed. A northern river reflects the alpenglow of the Brooks Range. Photo by Carl Johnson, NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark

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Now here’s a stunner: GrandTeton NationalPark covered in snow. After a big snowfall in at the beginning of the month, Josh Packer knew that the Tetons would be blanketed in white once they came out of the clouds. He ventured out to this Wyoming park the next morning and was pleasantly surprised with this surreal view. Photo @grandtetonnps courtesy of Josh Packer ( @packtography ). usinterior

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October’s falling temperatures trigger the annual migration of millions of monarch butterflies across the continent. Every fall, these lovely fly thousands of miles from as far north as Canada to overwinter in California and Mexico. When swarms of monarchs pause en route to rest and feed on nectar-bearing plants, admirers will see them blanket trees and shrubs in orange and black. Photo of a monarchbutterfly chandelier in California by Joanna Gilkeson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( @usfws). usinterior

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The colors of fall accent the red sandstone walls of Capitol Reef NationalPark. Lesser known than other national parks in Utah, CapitolReef is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, rock domes and natural arches. A geologic layer cake, the park is an outstanding outdoor classroom for those interested in natural history. With great hiking, climbing and horse riding trails, it’s also a great place to recreate. Photo by Justin Soderquist (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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Fall colors are popping up at Moosehorn National WildlifeRefuge. This eastern Maine wildlife refuge is the perfect place to take in autumn’s bright reds, oranges and yellows. Where is your favorite place for fall colors? Photo by Keith Ramos, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( @usfws). usinterior

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The John Day Wild and Scenic River is the longest undammed river in Oregon. Located in the eastern part of the state, the section from Service Creek to Tumwater Falls flows through a number of colorful canyons broad valleys and breathtaking terrain. It offers year-round recreation opportunities -- from whitewater boating and camping to fishing and hunting, with snowmobiling and skiing in the winter. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management ( @mypubliclands). FindYourWay

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From its rocky coastline to the top of Cadillac Mountain, Acadia NationalPark in Maine will take your breath away. Day or night, the sights and sounds of the park give visitors memories they’ll cherish for a lifetime. Famous for sunrise, the park is also a terrific place to enjoy the nightsky. Photo of the MilkyWay from Little Hunters Beach @AcadiaNPS by Joshua Snow (www.sharetheexperience.org, @j.snow_photo). FindYourPark usinterior

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There are so many wonders to experience at Yellowstone NationalPark in Wyoming. Photographer Jared Chrisp was lucky to find this scene on a recent morning. "A truly majestic moment unveiled as this bison thawed out in the early morning sun after a chilly night in Yellowstone’s first snowfall of the year." Photo @yellowstonenps courtesy of Jared Chrisp ( @jaredchrisp). usinterior findyourpark yellowstonepledge

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PicturedRocks National Lakeshore in Michigan is truly a mosaic of natural and cultural wonders. Along its 42 miles of LakeSuperior shoreline are over 15 miles of towering sandstone cliffs, more than 12 miles of beautiful beaches and nearly five miles of enormous sand dunes. And there are waterfalls, lighthouses, lakes, streams and forest to enjoy -- no matter the season. Photo of @picturedrocksnps Sable Falls surrounded by autumn foliage by Flora Ehrlich (www.sharetheexperience.org). PureMichigan usinterior findyourpark

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Fall in Wyoming’s GrandTeton NationalPark is something special. Michelle Olmstead arrived for her annual trip during peak color, and her first day in the park was one that she’ll never forget. “From blue hour to first light hitting Mount Moran, it was a magical morning. I'm so grateful for our national parks, especially this one." Photo @grandtetonnps courtesy of Michelle Olmstead ( @findmeonthemountain). usinterior findyourpark

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Waterfall-draped mountains encircle Hanalei National WildlifeRefuge on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i. The winding Hanalei River feeds wetlands that are home to five endangered water birds: the koloa maoli (Hawaiian duck), the ‘alae ke‘oke‘o (Hawaiian coot), the ‘alae‘ula (Hawaiian moorhen), the ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt), and the nēnē (Hawaiian goose). Photo by J. Waipa, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( @usfws). Hawaii usinterior

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Located just northeast of Denver, the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National WildlifeRefuge is a 15,000-acre expanse of prairie, wetland and woodland habitat. The land has a unique story -- it has survived the test of time and transitioned from farmland to war-time manufacturing site to wildlife sanctuary today. It may be one of the finest conservation success stories in history and a place where wildlife thrives. Photo by Jennifer Howell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( @usfws). usinterior

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There’s no denying the unique attraction of DevilsTower NationalMonument in Wyoming. Also known as “Bear Lodge” or “Bear’s Tipi,” the dramatic monolith is a sacred site to several Native American Tribes. Familiar to many in movies like “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” it’s recognizable to people around the world. But according to photographer Lori Eckhart, “There’s nothing like standing there in front of it. Its size, and the way it stands out and alone from anything else, just demands respect and fills you with awe.” Photo courtesy of Lori Eckhart ( @eckhart3235). FindYourPark usinterior

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Mount Rainier NationalPark ( @mountrainiernps) in Washington is a stargazer’s paradise. Stars glitter overhead revealing a world beyond our planet. Taking time to appreciate these truly dark skies will leave you speechless. Pictured here is an image from earlier this summer that combines multiple photos of a field of wildflowers and MountRainier at twilight with a long exposure of the MilkyWay. Photo courtesy of Daniel Greenwood ( @dangreenwoodphotography). usinterior findyourpark

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Clouds cover last week’s full moon 🌕, creating a spooky-looking pic of the area near BodieHills, California. Called the Harvest Moon, the first fullmoon after the fall equinox baths the sky in bright moonlight in early evening, aiding farmers in harvesting their crops. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management ( @mypubliclands). usinterior

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Bering Land Bridge National Preserve in Alaska erupts with color during the short fall season. You can find more than gorgeous views and amazing wildlife here, though. Field research continues to uncover evidence of prehistoric animals and the first people to settle the continent. Photo by Katie Cullen, NationalPark Service ( @alaskanps). usinterior findyourpark

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It’s National Wildlife Refuge Week! National wildlife refuges are America’s best-kept secret -- offering unparalleled opportunities to experience the great outdoors and providing vital habitat for thousands of species of animals and plants, both abundant and rare. With at least one @usfws national wildlife refuge in every state and territory (plus an hour’s drive of most major metropolitan areas), there’s a wildlife refuge nearby waiting to be explored. Photo Bosque del Apache National WildlifeRefuge in NewMexico by Robert Dunn. usinterior

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Fall is a great time to visit Zion NationalPark in Utah. The crowds get smaller and the temperatures cool. Along the Virgin River, cottonwoods turn golden yellow and bigtooth maples add splashes of scarlet to the canyons and @zionnps's trails. These streaks of color enhance the already magnificent landscape. Photo by Robert Caton (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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Don’t you love taking a walk through the woods in the fall? The crisp, cool air, amazing colors and the crunch of leaves under your feet pull you around each turn. You might even find yourself in a tunnel of gold like this on at GreatSmokyMountains NationalPark in Tennessee. Photo @greatsmokynps by Peggy Yaeger (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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Last week, the NorthernLights were shining bright over Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve in Alaska. On dark, clear nights, there's nothing quite like watching the AuroraBorealis reflect off the mighty Yukon River. Photo by Jake Wiley, NationalPark Service ( @alaskanps). usinterior findyourpark

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Autumn is something special in the Pacific Northwest. In Washington’s NorthCascades, fall colors spread across the landscape, creating vibrant pictures. Photo courtesy of Brian Stowell ( @brianstowell). usinterior findyourpark nationalpark

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CentennialMountains Wilderness Study Area is some of southwest Montana’s wildest and most scenic country. The mountain range connects the Yellowstone Ecosystem with the northern Rockies, providing wildlife like moose, elk, deer, wolverines, badgers and black bears an intact migration corridor. The Continental Divide forms the southern boundary of the wilderness and the northern face of the range rises nearly 3,000 feet in less than a mile. The scenic s and contrasting colors of the valley provides outstanding opportunities for photography. Fall photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management ( @mypubliclands). mypubliclands usinterior

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Fall paints the landscape golden yellow at LakeClark National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Pictured here is an awesome autumn shot of Tanalian Falls. Photo @lakeclarknps by Karen Tucker, NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark

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Within sight of NewYork City skyscrapers, JamaicaBay Wildlife Refuge ( @gatewaynps) is a great place for hiking, biking, boating and birding. With numerous islands, a labyrinth of waterways, meadowlands and two freshwater ponds, the wetlands provide a unique environment for both wildlife preservation and urban recreation. In every season, there’s beauty to be found. Fall photo by Micael Fano (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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Exploring public lands is not just about the sights you see but who you see them with. As part of a 2+ week family road trip, Dana McLaughlin, her husband, five kids and mother-in-law stopped at Colorado’s RockyMountain NationalPark -- the first of eight parks they visited this summer. While she brought a camera along, she was too busy having fun to use it. Instead she snapped this moment on her phone’s camera. “On this particular day we encountered cold, fog, rain, and then a thunderstorm, which pelted us in hail the entire hour back to the shuttle bus. And we still had a blast!” Here’s to many more fun family vacations! Photo @rockynps courtesy of Dana McLaughlin ( @mcmama76). usinterior findyourpark

17 Days ago
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If you like taking the road less traveled, the Nabesna Road at Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve might be right for you. Along the way, you’ll find scenic vistas, hiking routes and wildlife viewing, but you won’t find many people. Photo from Dead Dog Hill @wrangellstenps by Bryan Petrtyl, NationalPark Service. FindYourPark usinterior

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