The slopes of Mount Rainier in Washington are a patchwork of brilliant fall colors this time of year. Mount Rainier National Park is located southeast of Seattle and has more than 260 miles of maintained trails — making it a perfect place to explore the beauty of our public lands. Photo by National Parks Service.
A breathtaking aerial view of the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska. This photo was taken by Student Conservation Association intern Devdharm Khalsa, who got to see the park in most spectacular fashion while documenting the work of a National Park archaeology crew this summer. “The sight I saw as we helicoptered into the park was awe-inspiring. Pristine rivers — the surface glittering like thousands of diamonds — flowing hundreds of feet below us, vast mountain valleys, towering peaks and patches of boreal forest dotted the tundra landscape. It was a dream come true for me.”
All this week, we’re featuring photos taken by studentconservationassociation (SCA) members. A non-profit that connects young people with conservation service opportunities on public lands across the country, SCA has interns and conservation corps members in all 50 states — providing students with the opportunity to work with rangers and biologists to protect, restore and promote public lands.
Sequoia National Park in California is nicknamed the Land of the Giants, and we can definitely see why! Not only is it home to the world’s largest trees, it also has Mt Whitney — the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states with an elevation of more than 14,000 feet.
This photo of Mt. Whitney was taken by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks employee Nicholas Koukousakis.
Rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite National Park icon.
Fall is all about colors, and at Glacier National Park in Montana, they are starting to show. Along the Middle Fork of the Flathead River, the trees’ yellow and gold contrast nicely with the deep blues of the water.
With sunrises as beautiful as this one, it’s easy to get up early at Acadia National Park in Maine. As one of the eastern-most points in the U.S., Acadia has breathtaking sunrises that are best witnessed atop Cadillac Mountain.
Photo by Melissa Machonis (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Known for the sapphire-blue waters of its lake, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area in Northern California has more to offer visitors. This 39,000-acre recreation area is also home to pristine mountains, 70 miles of hiking trails and stunning waterfalls — like Boulder Creek Falls pictured here.
Photo by Jesse Barden, Lava Beds National Monument.
Kicking off the week with this amazing sunrise at Canyonlands National Park in Utah. This photo was captured by Ryan Engstrom on the Mesa Arch Trail — a popular place to capture the sunrise over the park’s countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries.
Photo from www.sharetheexperience.org.
We hope you get a chance to explore the tranquil beauty of our public lands this weekend!
This picture is of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, America’s most visited national park. On the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers something for everyone — from more than 800 miles of hiking trails to fishable streams and beautiful waterfalls.
This time of year, flights of sandhill cranes arrive daily to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, which means “Woods of the Apache.” 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.
Tomorrow, explore the “Woods of the Apache” — and other refuges — with free entrance to all national wildlife refuges. Visit www.fws.gov/refuges to find one near you!
Photo by Marvin DeJong (usfws).