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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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BlackCanyon of the Gunnison in Colorado isn't the most visited or well known nationalpark, but with some of the most beautiful, dramatic, and steep cliffs in North America it shows just how amazing and diverse the National Park System is. Nick Souvall cisited @blackcanyonnps on a last minute change of plans, and he says, “I'm sure glad we did as we were treated with amazing views and an amazing sunset." Photo courtesy of Nick Souvall ( @nicksouv). usinterior findyourpark

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A serious bird with a playful look, Northern Hawk Owls live year round in Alaska. Able to spot prey a half mile away, this skilled hunter can also seize small animals hiding under a foot of snow. This one at Kodiak National WildlifeRefuge is keeping his eyes on you. Photo by Lisa Hupp, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( @usfws). owl usinterior

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Fall snow drifts across RockyMountain NationalPark in Colorado. By now, DreamLake, Bear Lake and Emerald Lake are frozen, but the frosty beauty of these areas still draw hikers throughout the winter. Swirling clouds and cracked ice make gorgeous pictures, but please be safe and carry the proper gear. Photo @rockynps by Carlton Fuqua (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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The sky is a blaze with color during sunset at Ninepipe National WildlifeRefuge in Montana. This wildlife refuge rests among the prairie potholes of the Mission Valley to serve primarily as a refuge and breeding ground for native birds. Photo by Dave Fitzpatrick, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( @usfws). usinterior

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With a depth of 1,943 feet, CraterLake is the deepest lake in the United States -- and one of the most beautiful. Surrounded by cliffs, the lake is fed entirely by rain and snow. No matter what time of year you visit, Crater Lake NationalPark in Oregon is sure to leave you speechless. Photo courtesy of Ilanit Manor ( @imanor). usinterior findyourpark

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Covering over 400,000 acres in southeast Georgia, Okefenokee National WildlifeRefuge is one of the largest intact freshwater ecosystems in the world. The swamp is home to over 600 plant species and provides habitat for an amazing variety of amphibians and birds. You can also see black bears and of course, American alligators. Here’s one swimming towards a rainbow. Photo by Sarah Wyatt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( @usfws). mywidliferefuge gator usinterior

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Some places leave us in awe -- that was the case for Glenn Nelson during his time at Olympic NationalPark’s Second Beach in Washington. “This one photo cannot begin to convey the utter awesomeness and serenity of the place. This is sunrise, and the largest sea stack off the beach, here on the right, is Crying Lady Rock,” he says. Photo @olympicnationalpark by Glenn Nelson (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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It’s InternationalMountainDay! Not only are mountains majestic, they’re also critical to the water cycle, food production and tourism. Denali, America’s tallest mountain, is often shrouded in clouds, but on clear days at Denali National Park in Alaska, you can see why its name means “The High One.” Photo @denalinps by Jacob W. Frank, NationalPark Service. FindYourPark usinterior 🏔️

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Every day, Yosemite National Park gives visitors sights so beautiful that they almost don't seem real. These fleeting moments -- like this one of a cloud sweeping across California’s HalfDome illuminated by the late afternoon sun -- plant themselves like seeds in the hearts of those lucky enough to witness them. Photo by Dakota Snider NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark

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🦊🏔 We hope you enjoy the weekend as much as this fox playing King of the Hill at LakeClark National Park & Preserve ( @lakeclarknps) in Alaska. Photo by J. Mills, NationalPark Service ( @alaskanps). usinterior findyourpark

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Sunlight lingers on the SierraNevada in this jaw-dropping shot from Sequoia and KingsCanyon National Park in California. This photo taken at Kaweah Basin, which is a strenuous backcountry hike that will take numerous days to get to, but for views like this, it is all worth it. Photo courtesy of Daniel Jeffcoach. usinterior findyourpark nationalpark

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A golden sunrise warms the frosty morning at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. With over 40 percent of the park covered by lakes, rivers and streams, Voyageurs is a maze of interconnected waterways. These waters were the transportation corridors for the park's namesake, the voyageurs, and are the basis for recreation in the park today. Winter visitors can enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, sledding and driving on ice roads. Photo @voyageursnps by NationalPark Service. FindYourPark usinterior

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Winters can be harsh, though starkly beautiful at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Temperatures can be well below 0 degrees F by November, and on the winter solstice, @denalinps receives less than 5 hours of true daylight. Those who venture to the park in winter will find plenty to do -- from skiing and biking to mushing and snowmobiling. Photo by Katie Thoresen, NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark fullmoon

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On a quiet morning 76 years ago today, Imperial Japanese forces attacked the United States at PearlHarbor, Hawaii. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and 1,100 more wounded. Twenty-one ships of the Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged, including the USS Arizona. Shocked and angered by the attack, the country joined the Allied forces to fight World War II, inspired by the call of “Remember Pearl Harbor.” A moving reminder of the service and sacrifice of those who fought, the USS Arizona Memorial is jointly administered by the U.S. Navy and the National Park Service. Photo @wwiivalornps by NationalPark Service. history usinterior PearlHarborDay

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Death Valley NationalPark in California is famous for its intense summer heat, but this time of year, night temperatures dip into the 40s and clear skies reveal the fantastic starscape above. DeathValley's natural darkness led to its designation as the third and largest International Dark Sky Park. Space fans should know, park rangers offer night sky programs and hold stargazing events with astronomy organizations throughout the winter. Photo @deathvalleynps by Mary Bates (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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On this day in 1947, Everglades NationalPark ( @evergladesnps) was established — making it one of the largest wetlands in the world. Seventy years later, it remains an international treasure attracting visitors from all over who come to see this Florida park’s mangroves, River of Grass, and unique array of plants and animals found nowhere else on the planet. Photo by James Pion (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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Take a walk through a winter ❄️ wonderland at Yellowstone National Park ( @yellowstonenps). While it looks a light coating of snow at Tangled Creek, the landscape is covered in hoar frost, which forms when water vapor freezes quickly creating delicate, feather-like crystals. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, NationalPark Service. YellowstonePledge usinterior findyourpark

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What a view! The blue-green waters of Lake Superior stretch out from the gray cliffs at PicturedRocks National Lakeshore in Michigan. LakeSuperior is the largest, coldest and most pristine of the Great Lakes. It has the largest surface of any freshwater lake on Earth and it is the third largest lake by volume. Storms, snow, fog, humidity, temperatures and wind generated from the lake impact every park ecosystem, causing dramatic seasonal changes. Photo @PicturedRocksNPS by Gregory Lloyd (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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Located just an hour's drive from Fairbanks, Alaska, the one-million-acre WhiteMountains National Recreation Area offers stunning scenery, peaceful solitude, and outstanding opportunities for year-round recreation. Summer visitors to the White Mountains pan for gold, fish, hike and camp under Alaska's midnight sun. In winter, visitors travel by ski, snowshoe, dog team and snowmobile to enjoy the 12 public-use cabins, 250 miles of groomed trails and the spectacular sight of the NorthernLights dancing overhead. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management ( @mypubliclands). usinterior

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First light streaks across the sky, chasing away the stars over MountRainier NationalPark in Washington. The orange dawn quickly reveals the mountains, forests, rivers and lakes scattered across this epic landscape. With beauty like this, it’s an experience you’ll never forget. Photo @mountrainiernps by Kim Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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Every season is unique, each and every year. With every visit, Yosemite NationalPark has new majestic offerings, which is why the chase never ends for many! Last fall when Tenay Thirty-Two photographed the famous SentinelBridge, it was a serene snowy scene. This year when she visited around the same time, the golden shimmer of fall enveloped her, and she could not contain her squeals and ooohs. Tenay used a short exposure, along with a polarizer and an .9 HND lee filter, to create this image. “I was elated to see that I was still able to capture that gorgeous Half Dome reflection, dynamic cloud shape and the leaves,” she says. Photo @yosemitenps courtesy of Tenay Thirty-Two ( @tenay32). usinterior findyourpark

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The rugged beauty of Badlands NationalPark in SouthDakota is undeniable. From hiking past unique rock formations and fossil beds to watching bison run across the grasslands and the surprise of a swift storm moving in, outdoor adventures abound. Photo @badlandsnps by Christina Laws (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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Photographer Brandon Yoshizawa was looking for fall colors and the MilkyWay, and Conway Summit in California didn’t disappoint. Located adjacent to U. S. 395, ConwaySummit’s backdrop is formed by 12,000-foot peaks of the Ansel Adams Wilderness and Yosemite National Park. When visiting in October, Brandon was greeted with a nice palette of colors, snow-capped peaks and sparkling stars. Photo courtesy of Brandon Yoshizawa ( @bay.photography). usinterior

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There are so many incredible sights along the GreenRiver in Dinosaur National Monument. As it flows from Colorado into Utah, the river passes rugged canyons, Native American petroglyphs, a historic ranch and numerous fossil sites. The Jurassic fossils helped develop the science of paleontology and gave the park its name. Photo @dinosaurnps by Nancy Danna (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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Another beautiful day at Yellowstone National Park ( @yellowstonenps). Video by NationalPark Service. YellowstonePledge usinterior findyourpark

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The ocean mist floats on a breeze smelling of pine and birch. The sunset sparkles across the water as waves crash over the rocky shoreline. The views at Acadia NationalPark in Maine have inspired artists and dreamers for generations. Isn’t it time for you to see it for yourself? Photo @acadianps by Nick Stasilli (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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The sun peeks over the tops of the winding cliffs of ReflectionCanyon. Part of GlenCanyon National Recreation Area in Utah, this extremely remote site is challenging to reach and requires a long drive on rough (sometimes impassable) dirt roads, and miles of hiking over rugged, unmarked terrain. For Leo Xu, arriving at the end was the most rewarding scene after the toughest hike of his life. Photo courtesy of Leo Xu ( @Leo_exploring). usinterior findyourpark

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Big South Fork NationalRiver and Recreation Area in Tennessee protects the free-flowing BigSouthFork of the Cumberland River and its tributaries. The area boasts miles of scenic gorges and sandstone bluffs, is rich with natural and historic features, and provides visitors with a wide range of outdoor recreational activities including hunting, hiking, fishing, rock climbing, horseback riding and whitewater paddling. This time of year, you can also enjoy the stunning fall colors. Photo @bigsouthforknps by National Park Service. FindYourPark usinterior

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A foggy view of Shafer Trail at Canyonlands National Park. An 18-mile dirt road with twists and turns, ShaferTrail drops from the Island in the Sky mesa top to the popular White Rim Road. This Utah drive will get your adrenaline pumping as it winds along narrow switchbacks and tall canyon walls during its 1,400-foot descent. Be sure to check the weather conditions @canyonlandsnps this time of year before heading out. Photo by Cadence C. Cook, NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark

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The strange rock formations at JoshuaTree National Park in California are the results of magma flows and millions of years of erosion. Many of the unique boulders in the park haven earned names. The large stone pictured here is Heartbreak Rock. Can you guess why? Sunrise photo @joshuatreenps by Hannah Schwalbe, NationalPark Service. FindYourPark usinterior

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Bering Land Bridge National Preserve in Alaska offers unparalleled opportunities to not only experience some of America’s most isolated wildlands but also the rich heritage of Native cultures -- past and present. Visitors to the preserve will find themselves in the midst of natural hot springs, ancient lava flows and the largest maar lakes in the world in a land still used by local residents in the same way their ancestors have used it for generations. While autumn has already graced the landscape and winter now holds Bering Land Bridge in its icy grip, here’s a stunning fall photo from the park’s Serpentine Area by NationalPark Service ( @alaskanps). usinterior findyourpark

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As evening falls over GrandTeton NationalPark in Wyoming, the sunset sends light streaming over the silhouetted TetonRange. It’s one of the most beautiful sights you’ll ever see. Until sunrise lights up the mountains the next morning. Photo @grandtetonnps by Robert Warrington (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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Eat too much for Thanksgiving and just want to lay around this weekend? Looks like these cute little foxes 🦊 feel the same way. Ben Kuropat snapped this pic a few years ago while visiting CapeCod National Seashore in Massachusetts. Here, visitors can explore 40 miles of pristine sandy beach, wild cranberry bogs and lighthouses -- and if you are lucky, you might see some of the wildlife that call this park home. Photo by Ben Kuropat (www.sharethexperience.org). OptOutside usinterior findyourpark cute cuteanimals

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