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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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The evening sun casts light on the intricate layers of the GrandCanyon, creating a blue hue visible from Desert View overlook. Photo of Grand Canyon NationalPark ( @grandcanyonnps) in Arizona by Isaac Borrego (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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There are some moments in nature that leave you breathless. Take an early morning walk in Chincoteague National WildlifeRefuge in Virginia. Follow the trails past calm wetlands. Listen to night noises begin to quiet. Look up over a misty field to see the golden sun rise above a stand of trees and let the beauty wash over you. Sunrise photo by Kris Orr (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior

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Whoa! ⚡️Mother Nature puts on a show, creating this dramatic lightning shot at Colorado National Monument. Photo courtesy of JT Dudrow (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark weather

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The 101-foot tall Rainbow Falls is just one of the many natural wonders found at Devils Postpile National Monument in California. Nestled in pristine mountain scenery, the DevilsPostpile formation is a rare geologic spectacle of hundreds of symmetrical basalt columns. Lucky glimpses of black bears and pine martens amaze hikers. Wildflower blooms bring vivid color to the landscape. Don’t you want to see it all now? Photo by Cat Connor (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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As this summer is reaching its climax, the lower elevations around GlacierBay National Park ( @glacierbaynps) are gaining a velvet-green appearance. Wildflowers are in abundance and many berries are ripening. Snow is melting off the mountain tops and providing routes for adventure-seekers to reach the high country. It is a beautiful time of year to be here in Alaska. Photo by J. McFee, NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark

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Happy birthday to the Appalachian Trail! Completed on August 14, 1937, the A.T. is a 2,180-mile long footpath that traverses the Appalachian Mountains from Georgia to Maine. Conceived in 1921 and built by private citizens over the next 15 years, the entire AppalachianTrail has been conquered by over 17,500 thru-hikers. Most challengers start off in Georgia in March and April and take 5-6 months to complete the journey. Along the way, hikers push their limits, make friends and enjoy spectacular scenery. It’s a great place to FindYourWay. Photo from the A.T. in Shenandoah National Park ( @ShenandoahNPS) in Virginia by Kah-Wai Lin (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior

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One of the most strenuous trails in NorthCascades National Park ( @ncascadesnps) reaps stunning rewards for those willing and able to make the grueling trek. The historic lookout on the summit of Washington’s Sourdough Mountain can be approached via Diablo or Pierce Mountain sides. Both trails are steep, and both pass through forest and meadow communities before arriving at the rocky lookout site with views of lakes, peaks and glaciers in every direction. Pictured here is the view never the top of Sourdough Mountain with DiabloLake visible down below. Photo by Chris Holm, NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark

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You never know what you’ll see at RockyMountain NationalPark in Colorado. Emerging from cover after a storm, Ron Hazeloop chased a rainbow to Spruce Lake and just happened to catch a large bull moose standing in the water. Snapping the photo, he called it “a magical moment.” Photo @rockynps by Ron Hazeloop (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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Located in the Northwest corner of Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, Noatak National Preserve is one of our most remote and least visited public lands. Ringed by mountains, the Noatak River basin preserves an intact ecosystem of Arctic plants and animals. Home to the Inupiat people, the preserve provides subsistence and protects cultural traditions. Photo of Rainbow Lake by J. Bryant, NationalPark Service ( @alaskanps). FindYourPark usinterior

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Gifford Pinchot is often called the “Father of American Forestry.” His life and legacy shaped American conservation and our public lands. Celebrate his birthday today! Photo of GiffordPinchot National Forest in Washington by Pat Di Geronimo (www.sharetheexperience.org).

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One thing that Josh Packer loves about the Tetons is how quickly the weather can change. An hour before sunset, it was pouring rain and was windy as could be, but then the sun came out and created this beautiful scene at GrandTeton NationalPark’s Schwabacher Landing in Wyoming. Photo @grandtetonnps courtesy of Josh Packer ( @packtography). usinterior findyourpark

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Located within the Pacific Flyway, Sonny Bono SaltonSea National WildlifeRefuge in California is an important resting and nesting place for migrating birds. With a fascinating history and an uncertain future, the refuge takes visitors 227 feet below sea level to witness a stunning desert landscape. It can get extremely hot in August, but well prepared adventurers can still find gulls and migrating shorebirds. Sunset photo by Sarah Chah (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior

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The Needles forms the southeast corner of Canyonlands National Park in Utah and was named for the colorful spires of Cedar Mesa Sandstone that dominate the area. Hiking trails offer many opportunities for long-day hikes and overnight trips, while foot trails and four-wheel-drive roads lead to such features as Tower Ruin, Confluence Overlook, Elephant Hill, the Joint Trail and Chesler Park (pictured here). Photo @canyonlandsnps by Emily Ogden, NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark

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ApostleIslands National Lakeshore’s protected bays, pristine beaches and natural beauty provide outstanding water recreation and fun adventures. Public docks are found on 12 of the islands in the Wisconsin national lakeshore, and visitors can explore this area of LakeSuperior by boat, kayak or canoe. Use safe boating practices and you’ll enjoy fun times and stunning scenery. Photo by Jasmine Wilhelm (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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Run turtle, run! 🐢💨 On July 29, PadreIsland National Seashore in Texas had its last turtle release of the year, sending 184 baby Kemp's ridley sea turtles into the wild. In the spring and summer, nesting turtles are protected, examined and tagged @padreislandnps. Nests are moved to protected areas and monitored until they hatch. Then thousands of visitors come to see these hatchlings cruise into the ocean. They are popular events, and we can definitely see why! Video by NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark animals

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Towering 800 feet above the North Platte River, Scotts Bluff in Nebraska has served as a landmark for peoples -- from Native Americans to emigrants on the Oregon, California and Mormon Trails to modern travelers. Rich with geological and paleontological history as well as human history, there is much to discover while exploring the 3,000 acres of ScottsBluff National Monument. Photo by Brian Poffenberger, NationalPark Service ( @midwest.nps). usinterior findyourpark

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For spectacular, up-close views of large waterfalls at Yosemite NationalPark in California, head to the John Muir and Mist Trails. In July, Pavel Isachkin took the Mist Trail from YosemiteValley all the way up to Nevada Fall and decided to take JohnMuirTrail down to the valley. A few minutes after he started his descent, he was awarded with this amazing view of Nevada Fall, Liberty Cap and the back of Half Dome. Photo @yosemitenps courtesy of Pavel Isachkin ( @czech.this.place). usinterior findyourpark

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For National Lighthouse Day, we’re featuring the Cape Hatteras at CapeHatteras National Seashore in NorthCarolina. Protecting mariners in an area known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” the lighthouse was built in 1870 and is distinctive for its spiral black and white paint pattern. It remains the tallest brick lighthouse in America and is a favorite subject of visiting photographers. Photo by Stacy Abbott (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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MountRainier NationalPark in Washington boasts some of the most beautiful wildflower meadows in the country, and nowhere in the park are they better than at Tipsoo Lake. Here you’ll find lupine, paintbrush, corn lilies, sitka valerian and American bistort. Photo @mountrainiernps from last year courtesy of Derek Culver ( @blazing_heavens). FindYourPark usinterior

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In the last four years of the 19th century, over 100,000 prospectors flooded into the Klondike region of Alaska and Canada looking for gold. Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park not only tells the stories of these pioneers, it preserves 13,000 acres of historic sites and stunning wilderness. Traveling the trails is like going back in time. Photo by C. Anderson, NationalPark Service. FindYourPark usinterior

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The night sky above Voyageurs NationalPark in Minnesota is filled with wonder. From the moon to Mars, the Milky Way to meteors, the scene above can be as stunning as the landscape below -- especially during a mesmerizing appearance of the NorthernLights. Surrounded by miles of lakes and wilderness area, the skies above Voyageurs are free of excessive light pollution, making it a perfect place for night sky ranger programs. Photo @voyageursnps by Sam Brueggeman (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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Eeek! These baby burrowing owls are excited to celebrate International Owl Awareness Day! One of the smallest owls in North America, the burrowing owl get its name from the fact that it nest in burrows. These cuties were photographed and banded at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge in Utah as part of a population study before being released. Photo by Katie McVey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ( @usfws). cute animals wildlife

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You expect giant trees and huge canyons at Sequoia and KingsCanyon National Parks in California -- and you won't be disappointed. When you arrive, you'll travel steep highways from the hot, sunny foothills up into cool forests and sequoia groves. Along the way, visit Zumwalt Meadow for splendid views of high granite walls, a lush meadow, impressive talus, and the meandering Kings River. Photo @sequoiakingsnps by Ryan McGinley (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

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The colors at John Day Fossil Beds NationalMonument in Oregon will make you do a doubletake. The yellows, golds, blacks, greens and reds of the Painted Hills are beautiful at all times of the day, but are best lit for photography in the late afternoon. Changing light and moisture levels can drastically affect the tones and hues visible in the hills. It’s easy to become immersed in the views, but please remember to stay on the trails. Photo by Bill Vollmer (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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Clear blue waters, glacier-carved peaks and a never-ending supply of epic views: The always beautiful Glacier NationalPark in Montana. Photo @glaciernps courtesy of Scott Kranz ( @scott_kranz). usinterior findyourpark

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Vulture Peak’s jagged profile glowing in the sunset light is a dramatic sight rising above the Arizona desert. Walking up the eroded remains of an ancient volcano, hikers are treated to stunning views and curious rock formations along the trail. If you’re thinking of conquering the summit this summer, park in the Bureau of Land Management ( @mypubliclands) lot and take plenty of water! Photo by Raymond Lee (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior

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Southwest Colorado’s Alpine Loop National Backcountry Byway provides access to some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere in the Rockies. Here, jagged peaks (as tall as 14,000 feet in elevation) rise above rushing streams and wildflower-filled meadows. A few miles further west, the American Basin in Handies Peak Wilderness Study Area has a plethora of wildflowers including fields of Colorado’s state flower, the columbine. You can scale 14,000-foot HandiesPeak with a long non-technical but demanding day hike. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management ( @mypubliclands). ColoradoDay

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Shenandoah NationalPark in Virginia has over 500 miles of trails, including 101 miles of the famous Appalachian Trail. Some trails lead to a waterfall or viewpoint; others penetrate deep into the forest and wilderness. With such an abundance of trail options and the famous Skyline Drive, it’s easy to find an adventure to fit your interest and ability. Sunrise photo @shenandoahnps by N. Lewis, National Park Service. FindYourPark usinterior

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Everything is nice at BryceCanyon National Park ( @brycecanyonnps). This Utah destination is home to the largest collection of hoodoos in the world. These tall, skinny spires of rock can range in height from a few feet to taller than a 10-story building. Photo of Thor’s Hammer at sunrise by NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark

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Loggerhead Key -- located almost 70 miles west of Key West, Florida -- is the largest island of DryTortugas NationalPark. Covering about 49 acres, it is home to a 160-year-old lighthouse and some truly excellent sites for snorkeling and diving. Along with amazing coral formations, divers can find a variety of colorful reef fish, including parrotfish, angel fish, triggerfish and damselfish. Just remember, look but don’t touch. Not only will an accidental brush up against the coral probably kill it, you may be bumping into any number of potentially dangerous animals, include fire coral, jellyfish, sea urchins or the exotic venomous lionfish. Photo @drytortugasnps by Bryan Goff (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike to spectacular views, the thrill of rafting through a twisting canyon, getting up close to famous dinosaur fossils, or sitting quietly and watching the sunset, Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado and Utah offers endless opportunities for adventure. The hardest part may be choosing what to do first. Sunset from Wagon Wheel Point @dinosaurnps courtesy of Louis Kamler. usinterior findyourpark

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Walking through among the tallest trees in the world is an unforgettable experience. Sounds are reduced to the musical gurgle of water trickling amongst ferns and mossy rocks. Light streams through the mist while stillness and peace weave their spells upon the respectful traveler. More than 200 miles of trails weave through old-growth redwood forests, open meadows and stunning beaches at Redwood National and State Parks in California. Aren’t you ready for a walk? Photo @redwoodnps by Daniel Moore (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark

18 Days ago
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Forested ridges roll like waves toward the horizon in Great Smoky Mountains NationalPark in NorthCarolina and Tennessee. From awe-inspiring mountaintop views to the quiet serenity of deep valleys, this Appalachian paradise attracts more visitors than any other national park. Witness just one sunrise and you’ll know why. Photo by Anthony Martinez (www.sharetheexperience.org). FindYourPark usinterior

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