America's Great Outdoors

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02/24/2018 10:13 AM
Soaring above a maze of red canyons, the Fisher Towers are a...


Soaring above a maze of red canyons, the Fisher Towers are a dramatic sight along the Colorado River in Utah. A National Scenic Trail winds 2.2 miles around the stone pinnacles and climbs up to nearly 360 degree views. Experienced climbers can test their skills on the rock faces while less daring visitors can enjoy relaxing moments at the nearby Bureau of Land Management campsite. Pro-tip: clear nights offer incredible stargazing opportunities. Photo by Adam Jewell (www.sharetheexperience.org).


02/23/2018 02:44 PM
Wisdom, The World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird, Successfully Hatches Another Chick!

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Photo: Wisdom has a remarkable history of successfully raising chicks.  Wisdom newest chick finds comfort in her mother’s embrace. Photo credit: Bob Peyton/USFWS.   

At 67, Wisdom, the world’s oldest known breeding bird in the wild, is a mother once more! On February 6th, approximately two months after Wisdom began incubating her egg, Wisdom and her mate Akeakamai welcomed their newest chick to Midway Atoll.

Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge and Battle of Midway National Memorial within Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is a special place for over three million seabirds - they return to Midway Atoll each year to rest, mate, lay eggs, and raise their chicks.

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02/23/2018 10:29 AM
A surprising landscape in southwestern Wyoming, Boar’s Tusk is...


A surprising landscape in southwestern Wyoming, Boar’s Tusk is the remaining core of a long dormant volcanic eruption. Made of an uncommon rock called lamproite, the butte rises 400 feet above the sandy valley floor. It’s a distinct landmark for anyone, or anything, travelling through the area. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).


02/22/2018 10:21 AM
The Shoshone Mountains are one of the longest ranges in the...


The Shoshone Mountains are one of the longest ranges in the Silver State. Located in the vast, high-desert of central Nevada, this range stretches 66 miles long and encompass 400 square miles of public lands. Nearby is the Shoshone OHV trail system with about 50 miles of maintained routes for off-highway vehicles that are open year round. Photo by William O'Neill, Bureau of Land Management.


02/21/2018 10:20 AM
Layered rock formations rise like islands in an ocean of fog at...


Layered rock formations rise like islands in an ocean of fog at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. From golden sunrises to star-filled nights, Badlands offers terrific chances to explore ancient fossil beds, observe a variety of wildlife and learn about the park’s fascinating cultural history. Young visitors, don’t forget to get your Junior Ranger badge! Photo by Barry Castetter (www.sharetheexperience.org).


02/20/2018 10:20 AM
Winter has Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge in its icy grip. For...


Winter has Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge in its icy grip. For countless generations, the Upper Tanana Valley of Alaska has served as a natural travel corridor – for wildlife, native people and explorers. Despite the blanket of snow, many animals live here year round – including the Great Grey Owl, which preys on small rodents. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


02/19/2018 10:00 AM
Happy Presidents’ Day! Tall and dignified, the Washington...


Happy Presidents’ Day! Tall and dignified, the Washington Monument on the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., honors our first president, George Washington. Presidents’ Day is still officially “Washington’s Birthday,” but commonly includes Abraham Lincoln’s February 12 birthday in the celebration. Photo by Michelle Holshue (www.sharetheexperience.org).


02/18/2018 10:15 AM
Need a break from the cold? National Park of American Samoa is...


Need a break from the cold? National Park of American Samoa is the place for you. The quintessential tropical paradise, National Park of American Samoa welcomes you into the heart of the South Pacific where you will discover rare plants and animals, coral sand beaches, and vistas of land and sea. When you aren’t snorkeling, enjoy a walk in the sand or relax in the shade along this quiet and remote beach. Doesn’t it sound like a dream getaway? Photo by National Park Service.


02/17/2018 10:06 AM
We don’t know what event this is or who is winning, but we love...


We don’t know what event this is or who is winning, but we love watching. Two bull elk battling at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. To the bold goes the gold. Photo courtesy of Zach Rockvam.


02/16/2018 10:19 AM
Virtually unchanged except by the forces of nature, Gates of the...


Virtually unchanged except by the forces of nature, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska is as wild as it is vast. Through endless summer days and winter nights colored by the Northern Lights, visitors travel by rivers and mountains yet to be named. With no roads, no trails and very few people, it’s the perfect place for those seeking solitude and natural beauty. Photo by Carl Johnson, National Park Service.


02/15/2018 09:57 AM
#TBT to this spectacular view from Yosemite National Park’s...


#TBT to this spectacular view from Yosemite National Park’s famous Horsetail Fall in 2017 when the waterfall looked like lava flowing down the side of El Capitan. This rare phenomenon “firefall” only happens for a short time in February – when there are clear skies, enough snow for the waterfall to flow and the setting sun hits the waterfall at just the right angle. This year, it doesn’t appear that Horsetail Fall will be putting on its show, but if you want take your chances, be sure to get your permit: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/horsetailfall.htm

Photo courtesy of William Rainey.


02/14/2018 10:23 AM
Love is an adventure, especially when it finds its way to...


Love is an adventure, especially when it finds its way to national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. Each year, these special places make the perfect backdrop for proposals and weddings. Today we celebrate the romantic moments loved ones share on public lands. Photo of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming courtesy of Daniel McLaughlin.


02/13/2018 10:27 AM
Channel Islands National Park in California encompasses five...


Channel Islands National Park in California encompasses five remarkable islands and the surrounding ocean, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth. Besides being an amazing outdoor classroom, it’s also a great place to watch the sunset. Photo by Angela Scolaro (www.sharetheexperience.org).


02/12/2018 10:23 AM
Join us in celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. From humble...


Join us in celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. From humble beginnings, our 16th President rose to become one of the most influential figures in American history. Learn about his life and legacy at some of our nation’s historic sites: https://www.doi.gov/blog/walk-footsteps-abraham-lincoln. Photo of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall & Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. courtesy of Drew Geraci.


02/11/2018 10:13 AM
💗 Love is in air 💗It seems like everywhere you look, you can see...


💗 Love is in air 💗

It seems like everywhere you look, you can see tender moments between couples – including in the animal kingdom. So this Valentine’s Day say, “Awww!” with sweet pics of animals showing affection: https://on.doi.gov/affectionateanimals.


02/10/2018 10:37 AM
Wooo! This bald eagle at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge...


Wooo! This bald eagle at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois is cheering on America in the Winter Olympics. You can easily spot the massive nests of eagles in the bare trees during winter at the refuge. They also make their presence known with daring dives, wide wing spans and screaming calls. We’re glad they’re on our team. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


02/09/2018 10:21 AM
Are you excited for the Winter Olympics? How about winter at...


Are you excited for the Winter Olympics? How about winter at Olympic National Park in Washington? With amazing chances to ski and skate – plus breathtaking views along Hurricane Ridge – this park is a gold medal winner! Photo by Megan Juran, National Park Service.


02/08/2018 10:26 AM
Located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North...


Located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is anything but dismal. With more than 111,200 acres of seasonally flooded wetland forest and the 3,100-acre Lake Drummond at its center, the refuge contains some of the most important wildlife habitat in the mid-Atlantic region. In the winter, the lake provides a resting place for thousands of migratory birds including Tundra Swans and Snow Geese. In the summer, it’s home to Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets. It’s also an amazing place to witness the start of a new day. Photo courtesy of Tom Hamilton.


02/07/2018 10:21 AM
Ranging over 4 million acres in southwest Alaska, Lake Clark...


Ranging over 4 million acres in southwest Alaska, Lake Clark National Park & Preserve offers excellent opportunities for adventure, exploration, learning and just plain fun. However, it can be hard to get a lot done when all you want to do is stare at the epic views. Photo along the Telaquana River by J. Mills, National Park Service.


02/06/2018 10:20 AM
Sunrise after a fresh snowfall gives an aura of peace to this...


Sunrise after a fresh snowfall gives an aura of peace to this small meadow at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. With a golden sun and pink light filtered through the morning fog, it’s easy to picture something magical happening in this majestic place. Are you in the mood to frolic? Photo by Shawn Stackhouse (www.sharetheexperience.org).