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The sandstone formations at Arches National Park in Utah bask in the evening light after a rainstorm. What a powerful pl...
11/29/2020

The sandstone formations at Arches National Park in Utah bask in the evening light after a rainstorm. What a powerful place. Walking among massive monoliths and towering walls at the Park Avenue and Courthouse Towers area - it echoes a city stroll, just with natural skyscrapers. They are telling a story in stone. And we are listening. Photo by Neil Hoeffner (www.sharetheexperience.org).

If we had a dollar for every person delighted by their visit to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Color...
11/28/2020

If we had a dollar for every person delighted by their visit to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado, we'd have a lotta bucks 🦌! After fresh snowfall at the refuge right outside of downtown Denver, we're transported to a winter wonderland, complete with frosty white-tailed deer dashing through the snow. Often peaking in mid-November, the white-tailed deer rut carries on through the winter months. During their breeding season, the males become more active and less cautious. The surge in their testosterone can cause their neck to swell up to 50%! This temporary strength increase helps them as they battle other nearby bucks. Photo courtesy of Bob Gjestvang.

Need a stretch after Thanksgiving dinner? After a big meal, there's nothing like adventuring outside at nearby public la...
11/27/2020

Need a stretch after Thanksgiving dinner? After a big meal, there's nothing like adventuring outside at nearby public lands to watch a sunset, hike, or even ski and snowshoe. Today's a great day to #OptOutside! With varying visitors and staff on public lands this time of year, make sure you plan ahead and prepare. We've got a couple of tips to help you out:

🌄 Know before you go. Look at current park conditions and availability of restrooms and other facilities.

🌄 Keep it close. Follow the state and county orders governing the open status of the area you’re considering visiting.

🌄 Keep your distance. Recreate with the people in your household. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail, at a boat launch, or in a parking lot. Follow the CDC’s social distancing guidelines for staying six feet away from others. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth if you’re near others.

🌄 Know your limits. Consider postponing challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks, and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.

🌄 Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas.

🌄 Keep it inclusive. Be an active part of making our nation’s parks and public lands safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

Photo at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in California by Christina Allan (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Happy Thanksgiving! We're thankful all year long for America's amazing public lands and the inspiring community of passi...
11/26/2020

Happy Thanksgiving! We're thankful all year long for America's amazing public lands and the inspiring community of passionate people who care for them. Thank you for being you and sharing your stories with us. Pictured here are the changing fall colors from Yosemite National Park in California. Photo by Gary Fua (www.sharetheexperience.org).

A sweet reminder to give other families you see on the trail plenty of space! Take it from Grizzly 399, the safest way t...
11/25/2020

A sweet reminder to give other families you see on the trail plenty of space! Take it from Grizzly 399, the safest way to hike in bear country is with groups of 3 or more. We also recommend making noise, carrying bear spray, and knowing how to use it.

Photo of grizzly bear 399 with her four cubs at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, courtesy of Daniel Ewert.

We know Crater Lake National Park has already received a blanket of snow this year, but we wanted to share this gorgeous...
11/25/2020

We know Crater Lake National Park has already received a blanket of snow this year, but we wanted to share this gorgeous shot of the moon over the pristine blue water. The lake's water comes directly from snow or rain and the park experiences an average of 43 feet of snowfall a year! A beautiful setting to take in the night sky or experience winter recreation in Oregon, Crater Lake reminds us how spectacular our public lands are no matter the season. Photo courtesy of Evan Gerstung.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore delivers magnificent scenery in Michigan, hugging Lake Superior’s shoreline for over 4...
11/24/2020

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore delivers magnificent scenery in Michigan, hugging Lake Superior’s shoreline for over 40 miles. Views of the towering multicolored sandstone cliffs are consistently breathtaking, but this scene from atop Grand Portal Point has to be one of the best. With the emerald waters of Lake Superior below, the rising cliffs topped by the fall foliage and even Grand Island in the distance...what more could you ask for? Photo courtesy of Jerry Snuggs.

With more than 500 million visitors in 2020, it’s no secret how much you love your Public Lands. Beginning in 2021, appr...
11/23/2020

With more than 500 million visitors in 2020, it’s no secret how much you love your Public Lands. Beginning in 2021, approximately $1.6 billion will be invested into 160+ projects through the Great American Outdoors Act. The improvements will benefit a majority of states and numerous Bureau of Indian Education schools. Additionally, the National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will leverage more than $125 million for 46 conservation projects through the Land and Water Conservation Fund to expand public access, improve hunting and fishing opportunities, and conserve important natural resources. Photo of Yellowstone National Park by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service.

The majestic South Fork of the Snake River pictured here flows across southeastern Idaho through high mountain valleys, ...
11/23/2020

The majestic South Fork of the Snake River pictured here flows across southeastern Idaho through high mountain valleys, rugged canyons and broad floodplains. Located near some of the world’s best known recreation areas, the South Fork is home to 100+ bird species, moose, deer and other wildlife. And it’s a great place to see brilliant fall colors in but truly magnificent any time of year! Photo by Jessica Gottlieb, Bureau of Land Management.

The Danish lifestyle trend known as hygge (pronounced 'hue-guh') has grown in popularity worldwide. While this concept o...
11/22/2020

The Danish lifestyle trend known as hygge (pronounced 'hue-guh') has grown in popularity worldwide. While this concept of finding cozy contentment and well-being through simple routines, like a sip of cocoa or a warm blanket, isn't hard to grasp, it may seem out of reach with busy schedules and stressful times. Looking for tips? Channel your inner red fox.

1) Dress for the weather, layers if necessary. Red foxes are found across the country and in the colder regions, they even grow longer, thicker coats to keep them insulated.

2) Find a sunny and warm spot.

3) Surround yourself with blankets and take a nap. - Hygge coziness comes naturally for red foxes. These solitary omnivores don't even need dens unless they're raising young. Instead, they sleep in the open and wrap up in their tails for warmth – like a built-in blanket. Photo by Jim Peaco, National Park Service. http://ow.ly/mUHp50Crphs

Nestled below the San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona, between the Painted Desert and the ponderosa highlands, Wupat...
11/21/2020

Nestled below the San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona, between the Painted Desert and the ponderosa highlands, Wupatki National Monument sits at a cultural and ecological crossroads. Eight hundred years ago, these pueblos would have been filled with laughter, joy, and hope. Turquoise, macaws, shells, and pottery were all brought here as either trade or tribute. Across this quiet landscape, the ancestors of 14 modern tribes built homes, raised families, farmed, traded, and thrived. Today, Wupatki stands as a living legacy for people who still call this place home. Photo courtesy of Brad Sutton.

The exhilarating rush from the sound of water is unmistakable when you visit Great Falls Park in Virginia, it's a sensor...
11/21/2020

The exhilarating rush from the sound of water is unmistakable when you visit Great Falls Park in Virginia, it's a sensory delight. Misty mornings make the walk along the boardwalks toward the Potomac River full of anticipation. The dynamic river continues to shape this area, flooding and splashing over jagged rocks and the stunning geology of the area. Being in the presence of something so powerful can make anyone pause. Photo by Michael Leung (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Each fall, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico transforms into a visual and auditory sensation. Sit...
11/20/2020

Each fall, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico transforms into a visual and auditory sensation. Situated between the Chupadera Mountains and the San Pascual Mountains in New Mexico, the 57,331-acre refuge has become a critical home for waterfowl that migrate here every winter. The sight is unforgettable as thousands of sandhill cranes and geese create a lively scene each morning. Flocks of people join the flocks of birds to watch the mesmerizing spectacle. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).

If you've had a chance to take in the sunset at Joshua Tree National Park in California, you've experienced the otherwor...
11/20/2020

If you've had a chance to take in the sunset at Joshua Tree National Park in California, you've experienced the otherworldly feeling the park provokes. Spiky, twisted branches reach for the sky. The trees seem to hold dance positions. With an air of an arabesque extension, they are beautifully silhouetted under a blue, pink, and yellow sunset sky. Photo of Joshua trees in Queen Valley by Emily Hassell, National Park Service.

Fall is a wonderful time to visit Zion National Park in Utah. The temperatures cool and things slow down. Along the Virg...
11/19/2020

Fall is a wonderful time to visit Zion National Park in Utah. The temperatures cool and things slow down. Along the Virgin River, cottonwoods turn golden yellow and bigtooth maples add splashes of scarlet to the canyons and trails. These streaks of color enhance the already magnificent landscape. On November 19th in 1919, Zion became a National Park. Photo by Bryanna Plog, National Park Service.

11/18/2020
Fuels Management for Wildfires

An important tactic for preventing wildfires is called fuels management. Strategically removing vegetation that could pose a threat means keeping the following “spark notes” in mind:

🔥 Anything that can burn is fuel for a fire.

🔥 All kinds of plant material can act as fuel, including grasses, shrubs, trees, dead leaves and fallen pine needles.

🔥 As these burnable materials pile up, so do the chances of catastrophic fire.

🔥 Excess fuel allows fires to burn hotter, larger, longer and faster, making them more difficult and dangerous to manage.

We've been ramping up our fuel management practices to help with fire safety and restoration while working to keep communities safe. Both President Trump's Executive Order and the Department's Secretary Order 3372 set the direction for land management agencies within Interior to actively manage forests and rangelands to reduce wildfire. P.S. While wildland fires can be devastating, not all fire is bad. Fire plays a natural and necessary role in many landscapes, but keeping these facts in check is key. More than 80% of wildfires are human-caused, please help us in preventing these blazes by securing your vehicle and trailer when traveling, adhering to fire season restrictions and safely recreating on public lands.

Snow is possible any time of year in Yellowstone National Park, but during the winter months, the park transforms into a...
11/18/2020

Snow is possible any time of year in Yellowstone National Park, but during the winter months, the park transforms into a wonderland of winter phenomena. One of which is the sun dog, or parhelion. They are a member of the family of halos caused by the refraction of sunlight by ice crystals in the atmosphere. Sundogs are most common when temperatures are extremely cold and the sun is low on the horizon.

If you plan to visit Yellowstone in Idaho, Wyoming or Montana this winter, plan ahead and prepare. Many of the features including Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (pictured here) are only accessible by guided snowmobile or snowcoach tours. Visit nps.gov/yell to learn more about winter visitation. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service.

The New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. A view from the upper reaches in West Virginia showcases the ...
11/18/2020

The New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. A view from the upper reaches in West Virginia showcases the whitewater flowing northward through deep canyons. When Nick Palastro took this shot, there was a brief moment of intense light illuminating the autumn colors in the foreground and shining across the river, right before the sun rose behind the cloud deck racing overhead. The New River Gorge National River encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River; it offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities with a fascinating history. Photo courtesy of Nick Palastro.

The season's first snow brought spectacular beauty to Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument last week. Under a blanket of s...
11/17/2020

The season's first snow brought spectacular beauty to Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument last week. Under a blanket of snow, the majestic Pilot Rock rises to an elevation of 5,910 feet and is visible from much of the Shasta Valley in northern California, parts of Oregon's Rogue Valley and the millions of annual drivers on I-5. It is a volcanic plug mountain, a geologic description for what is left after a volcano erodes away, and is just one of the special areas protected in the national monument southeast of Ashland, Oregon. The snowy trees just add to the wonderland that is the Pacific Northwest. Photo by Kyle Sullivan, Bureau of Land Management.

A stroll under the stars at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah reveals the wonder of the Milky Way. Echo Park is located...
11/16/2020

A stroll under the stars at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah reveals the wonder of the Milky Way. Echo Park is located in the heart of Dinosaur's canyon country. Here, the Yampa River flows into the Green River, which winds around the incredible rock formations. Visitors can learn about the Fremont petroglyphs, picnic, camp and watch river rafters float through the area on the Green River. A camping trip here opens up a canopy of stars. Photo by John Merrell (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin is one of the largest freshwater marshes in the United States. With many m...
11/16/2020

Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin is one of the largest freshwater marshes in the United States. With many miles of hiking, biking trails and a three-mile auto tour, the refuge is a treasure to explore. Originally established to help with redhead ducks, the refuge supports the largest nesting population east of the Mississippi River. Tom McDonald took this photo and describes what brings him to this place, "I'm always looking for waterfowl, wading birds, especially swans, pelicans, sandhill and whooping cranes. I try to arrive at the refuge before sunrise to capture the golden hour. Fall is a busy time at the marsh, with waterfowl migrating through and summer visitors getting ready to head south for the winter. " The refuge offers many birding, fishing and photography opportunities and a peaceful place to take in the start or end of any day. Photo courtesy of Tom McDonald.

This black bear got caught in a November snow at Yosemite National Park in California. While known for its towering gran...
11/15/2020

This black bear got caught in a November snow at Yosemite National Park in California. While known for its towering granite cliffs and waterfalls, Yosemite is also home to fascinating wildlife. Between 300 and 500 black bears live in the park. Brown bears are no longer found in California, so any bear you see in Yosemite is a black bear, even though their coats are brown in color. Truly black-colored bears are rare in the west. No matter its color, the snow has made this bear frosty. Photo courtesy of Mark Bouldoukian.

Mount Rainier National Park in Washington delivers autumn with bright blue skies, sunshine and shimmering waterfalls. Mi...
11/14/2020

Mount Rainier National Park in Washington delivers autumn with bright blue skies, sunshine and shimmering waterfalls. Michael Althauser snapped this photo while visiting the Paradise area, capturing the beauty of the park. "A brisk 1.4 miles from the trailhead brought us to Comet Falls, which made for just about the most perfect lunch spot one could imagine. It's named Comet Falls because when the water hits the rocks below, it sprays out in a few distinct directions and looks like shooting stars, especially when shady in the afternoon." Photo courtesy of Michael Althauser.

11/14/2020
Sea Otter Grooms

Wishing you a weekend with ample ottertunities for self-care.

Did you know? Sea otters have the thickest fur of any animal. Their fur contains between 600,000 to 1,000,000 hair follicles per square inch. Unlike most other marine mammals, otters lack a blubber layer. Instead, they depend on their dense, water-resistant fur to provide insulation. To keep warm, sea otters spend a large portion of their days grooming and conditioning their fur. This traps air and heat next to their skin.
Video of grooming otter near Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska by Lisa Hupp.

Lovely light falls across Cherry Pond at Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge with a stunning view of the P...
11/13/2020

Lovely light falls across Cherry Pond at Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge with a stunning view of the Presidential Range. Bringing exquisite New Hampshire charm, the Pondicherry Division of the refuge is 6,405 acres of the incredible boreal forest, forested bogs and northern hardwoods, enriched by rippling streams and open water. This place is a magnet for wildlife and was designated as the first Important Bird Area in New Hampshire for its impressive bird variety. A relaxing place to hike, hunt, fish and observe wildlife, it’s complete with a gorgeous view of the mountains. Photo by Dave Govatski, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Though access to the remote North Rim is only open until November 30th, the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in A...
11/13/2020

Though access to the remote North Rim is only open until November 30th, the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona will continue to astound visitors though the fall and winter. Famous around the world, nothing truly prepares you for seeing it in person. The sheer scale of the Grand Canyon forces every visitor to contemplate the incredible time it took for water and wind to carve this enormous landscape. Looking into its depths, studying its colorful layers and marveling at its magnitude, the experience can be overwhelming. Photo by Michael Quinn, National Park Service.

Upon getting out of the army in 2016, I wanted nothing more than to visit our nation's national parks. And after four ye...
11/12/2020

Upon getting out of the army in 2016, I wanted nothing more than to visit our nation's national parks. And after four years of travel, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming is still the one that takes my breath away more than any other. I took this image with my trusty Nikon D8 10 camera on a frosty 22° morning in October 2019. As always, I woke up at about 4 a.m., found myself a cup of coffee, drove to one of my favorite lookouts and waiting for the sun to rise. Photo and words courtesy of Brian Johns.

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Good morning~ After serving honorably for 22 years in the US Navy and retiring, I was overcome with sheer joy and delight to read the touching and amazing message of Secretary Bernhardt regarding veterans and the National Parks. For those that don't know yet here is part of his speech: "With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting Veterans and Gold Star Families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect starting this Veterans Day and every single day thereafter," said Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt. This is the BEST Christmas present our veterans and Gold Star Families will receive this holiday!! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart and I am eager to visit Yellowstone and Zion National Parks although my favorite along with my father's is Yosemite National Park. As John Muir, "Father of the National Parks" once said many decades ago: "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks."
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Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend! A trip to Joshua Tree National Park with my "partner in crime" where we got Cholla Cactus stuck in our shoes but managed to not get it stuck in our skin! This stuff is no joke! Strigle Images