A stunning variety of landscapes await you at Zion National Park in Utah. Under a deep blue sky, colorful sandstone cliffs transition the high desert to forested mesas and deep canyons filled with life. The Virgin River, often sedate but sometimes violent, runs through the park and hiking through the Narrows is a highlight for many visitors. Photo by R.J. Hooper (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Happy Earth Day! Interior protects amazing natural landscapes at public lands across the country, sustains healthy habitat for fish and wildlife, and develops cutting-edge science to better understand the forces that shape the planet. From a family of kayakers at Everglades National Park in Florida to this majestic ground squirrel at Denali National Park in Alaska, we wish everyone and everything on our only home, a positive Earth Day. Photo by Tim Rains, National Park Service.
“The mountains are calling and I must go.”
Born April 21, 1838, John Muir has become America’s most famous naturalist and conservationist. He shared his love of the outdoors through writing and inspired people to protect our country’s wild places like Yosemite, Grand Canyon and Sequoia & Kings Canyon national parks – earning him the nickname the Father of the National Parks. His passion for these special places fueled the formation of the National Park Service in 1916 – two years after his death. Check out 10 Muir quotes that’ll inspire you to explore public lands: on.doi.gov/2p3hcX7
Photo by William Woodward (www.sharetheexperience.org).
What did one marine mammal say to the other? “That’s the sealiest thing I’ve heard!” 😂😂
Happy Friday all! Photo of a Hawaiian Monk seal by Mark Sullivan, NOAA.
Here’s a look into the future at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Green hillsides and spring showers are still months away at our country’s largest national park, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of endless mountain views under the midnight sun. If this doesn’t inspire you to start planning your trip, we don’t know what will. Photo by Neal Herbert, National Park Service.
With towering cliffs, flowing water and a rich diversity of flora and fauna, Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness remains one of Arizona’s truly unique areas. Its 19,410 acres of designated wilderness beckons adventurers who yearn for solitude and scenic splendor. Aravaipa Creek flows year-round, an unusual phenomenon in the desert. Nurtured by this abundant water, sycamore, ash, cottonwood and willow trees flourish along the stream and the spring wildflower blooms can be beautiful. Photo by Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).
The sun sinks behind the horizon, coloring the sky a bright orange before night falls in South Florida. Big Cypress National Preserve protects 729,000 acres of unique freshwater swamp, offering refuge to a wide variety of plants and animals. From hardwood hammocks hiding rare Florida panthers to tidal estuaries teeming with birds and fish, there is so much to see in this wonderful place. Photo by National Park Service.
It’s International Dark Sky Week, and we’re celebrating some of the public lands that are awesome stargazing destinations. Some of the last harbors of dark skies, public lands provide unspoiled views of the stars glittering above. Named the first International Dark Sky Park in 2007, Natural Bridges National Monument in Utah contains three beautiful natural bridges. At night, the bridges form a window into the sky, giving visitors a view of thousands of stars that are bright enough to cast a shadow. Visitors here can see up to 15,000 stars throughout the night.
Check out more awesome night sky photos: https://on.doi.gov/2qwdV51
Photo of the Milky Way and Owachomo Bridge by Manish Mamtani (www.sharetheexperience.com).
Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is not only one of the most beautiful places in the country but also one of the snowiest. Park staff work hard to keep the road to the Rim Village open year round, but all of Rim Drive won’t be open for months. Free guided snowshoe walks will continue through the end of April and cross country skis are recommended for those who want to explore the park off plowed roads. With views like this, how can you not want to see more? Photo by Eric Valentine (www.sharetheexperience.org).
It’s the best time of year! The first baby bison of spring was recently spotted at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. Calves are orange-red in color, earning them the nickname “red dogs.” They can walk within 3 hours of birth, and before long, nursery groups of calves will romp around together, never far from their mothers’ watchful eyes. Check out more bison facts: http://on.doi.gov/1Oc7VXg Photo by National Park Service.