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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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Located about 8 miles north of I-10 at Desert Center, DesertLily Preserve Natural Area in California was established in 1968 to protect 2,000 acres of prime wildflower habitat. Popping up in patches of purple desert verbena, yellow desert dandelion, bright evening primrose and white desert lilies, these gorgeous s carpet the floor of the Chuckwalla Valley as far as the eye can see. The hike to the most dense bloom is a half mile from the Bureau of Land Management parking area, so be prepared for a short walk. Photo by Bob Wick, mypubliclands. usinterior

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Get off the road. Get off the paved trail. Go for an adventure at PetrifiedForest National Park in Arizona. This amazing photo was taken in Jasper Forest, which offers visitors a nice stroll through an incredible garden of petrified wood. Photo petrifiedforestnps by Andrew V. Kearns, NationalPark Service. findyourpark usinterior

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The cherryblossoms on the National Mall in WashingtonDC are in peak bloom. 🌸Walking under gnarled limbs holding up a blooming cloud of delicate flowers, visitors enjoy this stunning display of nature while strolling along the Tidal Basin, past the iconic memorials. It’s a great experience to share with family and friends. Even with this year’s cold snap, the blossoms are picture perfect. Photo from this afternoon by Nate Adams, Interior Department. usinterior findyourpark

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Check out this gorgeous sunrise above the rocky shoreline at Acadia NationalPark in Maine. As dawn turns to day, visitors can explore the park’s forests, wetlands, beaches, lakes and mountains. There’s so much to see and do, you’ll need to pace yourself. Just be sure to leave enough energy to find the perfect place to watch the sunset. Photo acadianps by Michael Hill (www.sharetheexperience.org). findyourpark usinterior

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Canyonlands NationalPark sits under the desert sun nearly every day, but in the early morning hours when the air is cool and the sun is rising, a majestic glow of indigo fills this Utah valley with mist. canyonlandsnps's iconic Airport Tower can be seen in the distance, standing just behind the Washer Woman Arch. Photo courtesy of Sam Koerbel (koerballin). findyourpark usinterior

2 Days ago
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If you’ve never seen the sunset at GreatSmokyMountains NationalPark (located in both North Carolina and Tennessee), you’ve been missing out. If you have seen one, you’re probably dreaming of the next one. The gentle curves of the forested mountains, the rising fog in the hollows and the glowing colors painting the cloudscape create a scene so beautiful, you’ll never forget it. Photo greatsmokynps by Rick Sereque (www.sharetheexperience.org). findyourpark usinterior

3 Days ago
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Just as the sunlight fades over MountRainier National Park (mountrainiernps) in Washington each night, so will winter transition into spring. Soon, only an icy cap will remain on the iconic peak while the forests and meadows burst forth in color and life. Start planning your trip now to see the wildflowers bloom in the summer months. Photo by NationalPark Service. usinterior findyourpark

4 Days ago
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Taking its name from one of the longest living trees in the Arizona desert, the 129,000-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument is a true SonoranDesert showcase. Keeping company with the ironwood trees are mesquite, palo verde, creosote, and saguaro -- blanketing the monument floor beneath rugged mountain ranges named Silver Bell, Waterman and Sawtooth. In between, desert valleys lay quietly to complete the setting. The national monument also contains habitat for the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl and desert bighorn sheep dwelling, which makes hiking, wildlife watching and photography favorite activities in this desert jewel. Photo by Bob Wick, mypubliclands. usinterior 🌵🌵

4 Days ago
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Captivating colors light up the desert sky at Arches NationalPark (archesnps) in Utah. Many trails lead to the park’s iconic stone arches, including a gentle, one-mile roundtrip hike to this exceptional view of Turret Arch from the North Window. Although this spot is famous for sunrise, sunsets are equally beautiful. Photo courtesy of Manish Mamtani (mmamtani). usinterior findyourpark

4 Days ago
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Happy NationalPuppyDay! 🐶 Did you know that dogs aren’t the only animals with pups? Other species, like the fox, have young that are also called pups. In the spring, a mother fox gives birth to a litter of 2-12 pups (also called kits). When the pups are about seven months old, they’re ready to strike out on their own. By winter the pup will find a mate and will stay with that mate for the rest of their life. Photo of a red fox at Great Swamp National WildlifeRefuge in NewJersey by Ashleigh Scully (ascullyphoto) via U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (usfws).

5 Days ago
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It might be spring, but we can’t wait to enjoy the breathtaking sunsets at Yosemite National Park’s TuolumneMeadows. Here at one of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada, visitors can see the Tuolumne River meandering quietly through its meadow channel against a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks and glacially carved domes. The area yosemitenps is currently closed to cars for snow and reopens in the summer. Photo by NationalPark Service. findyourpark usinterior

6 Days ago
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If you think the colorful landscape of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon is interesting, just wait until you see what’s hidden among the unique rock formations. The erosion that created the paintedhills and deep ravines also revealed one of the longest records of evolutionary change on the continent. On the park’s 14,000 acres, scientists have uncovered fossils of plants and animals dating back from 5 million to 44 million years old. If each time period recorded here is a page in a book, JohnDay FossilBeds holds an entire chapter of Earth’s history. Photo by Lucie Jiraskova (www.sharetheexperience.org). findyourpark usinterior

6 Days ago
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Remember to look up when walking in a forest of redwoods! Redwood State and National Parks (redwoodnps) is home to the tallest trees on Earth, which can reach heights of more than 300 feet, or nearly 28 stories. Stroll among these California giants, as well as vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways and nearly 40 miles of rugged coastline. Photo courtesy of Andy Best (andy_best). usinterior findyourpark 🌲🌲

6 Days ago
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Check out this peaceful scene at Table Rock Wilderness in Oregon for International Day of Forests 🌲. See old growth Douglas fir and western hemlock along four terrific trails as you hike up to the “fortress” of TableRock. Breathe in the rich, forest air and remember the poem by Robert Frost, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep.” Photo by Bureau of Land Management - Oregon (mypubliclands). mypubliclands usinterior

7 Days ago
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I spy ... The eastern screech owl is a master of disguise. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey, which generally nest in tree cavities. The eastern screech looks like a miniature great horned and has a wingspan of 1½ - 2 feet. This photo was taken at Georgia’s Okefenokee National WildlifeRefuge, which serves as a breeding ground for migratory birds and other animals. Photo by Graham McGeorge (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior

7 Days ago
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Happy first day of Spring! Let’s welcome the season with a blanket of wildflowers at Carrizo Plain National Monument in California. Only a few hours from Los Angeles, CarrizoPlain offers visitors a chance to be alone with nature. Prominent features of the monument include the white alkali flats of Soda Lake, vast open grasslands and a broad plain rimmed by mountains. When conditions are right, numerous wildflowers can carpet the valley floor, creating a beautiful, but temporary landscape of color. Photo by Curtis Kautzer (www.sharetheexperience.org). mypubliclands usinterior

8 Days ago
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DeathValley NationalPark is famous for its spectacular spring wildflower displays. While the intensity of the bloom varies greatly from year to year, flowers are never totally absent. This year, wildflowers are generally sparse along popular scenic routes, but intrepid photographers like Michael Hardridge are finding desert sand verbena blooming at deathvalleynps Ibex Dunes, a remote area that requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle and good route finding skills. For exceptional this year, head to other southern California public lands like Mojave Trails National Monument, Joshua Tree and North Algodones Dunes Wilderness. Sunset photo taken on March 4 courtesy of Michael Hardridge (michaelhardridge). trackthebloom usinterior findyourpark

9 Days ago
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A lavender sunrise reveals the marbled and cracked surface of DreamLake at RockyMountain NationalPark in Colorado. If not for the chill, this would be the most beautiful floor in the world. Photo rockynps courtesy of Eric Schuette (ericschuettephotography). findyourpark usinterior

10 Days ago
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We’re ending the day with purple skies and this amazing doublerainbow 🌈 from GrandCanyon National Park in Arizona. Photographer Tony Prince arrived at grandcanyonnps's Toroweap (also spelled Tuweep) Lookout on the North Rim to find cloudy skies and light rain. But luck was on his side. Just before sunset, the sun slipped under the clouds and rewarded him with a beautiful double rainbow. Photo by Tony Prince (www.sharetheexperience.org). usinterior findyourpark stpatricksday

11 Days ago
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Is everyone wearing green today? Nature’s light show displays a fantastic emerald ripple above Denali NationalPark (denalinps) in Alaska, a great place to see the Northern Lights. Says photographer Carl Johnson, “Having great auroraborealis images to show for a night out in the cold cannot truly capture the thrill of just being out there and witnessing this amazing phenomenon.” Photo courtesy of Carl Johnson (arcticlight-ak). usinterior findyourpark stpatricksday

11 Days ago