America's Great Outdoors
Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the largest tracts of wilderness in the East and is a critical sanctuary for a wide variety of animals. Protected in the park are some 65 species of mammals, over 200 varieties of birds, 67 native fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians. The symbol of the Smokies, the American Black Bear, is perhaps the most famous resident of the park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides the largest protected bear habitat in the East. Though populations are variable, biologists estimate approximately 1,500 bears live in the park, a density of approximately two bears per square mile. Photo: Charlie Choc (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Great Smoky Mountains National Park contains some of the largest tracts of wilderness in the East and is a critical sanctuary for a wide variety of animals. Protected in the park are some 65 species of mammals, over 200 varieties of birds, 67 native fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians. 

The symbol of the Smokies, the American Black Bear, is perhaps the most famous resident of the park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park provides the largest protected bear habitat in the East. Though populations are variable, biologists estimate approximately 1,500 bears live in the park, a density of approximately two bears per square mile. 

Photo: Charlie Choc (www.sharetheexperience.org)

The 97,880-acre Eagletail Mountains Wilderness is about 65 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona, in Maricopa, Yuma, and LaPaz counties.The wilderness includes 15 miles of the Eagletail Mountains ridgeline and Courthouse Rock to the north, Cemetary Ridge to the south, and a large desert plain area between the two ridgelines. Several different rock strata are visible in most places, with natural arches, high spires, monoliths, jagged sawtooth ridges and numerous washes six to eight miles long.Recreation such as extended horseback riding and backpacking trips, sightseeing, photography, rock climbing and day hiking are enhanced by the topographic diversity, scenic character, size, as well as the botanical, wildlife, and cultural values of the area. Additional information is available on our Ben Avery Trail page.Photo: Bob Wick

The 97,880-acre Eagletail Mountains Wilderness is about 65 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona, in Maricopa, Yuma, and LaPaz counties.

The wilderness includes 15 miles of the Eagletail Mountains ridgeline and Courthouse Rock to the north, Cemetary Ridge to the south, and a large desert plain area between the two ridgelines. Several different rock strata are visible in most places, with natural arches, high spires, monoliths, jagged sawtooth ridges and numerous washes six to eight miles long.

Recreation such as extended horseback riding and backpacking trips, sightseeing, photography, rock climbing and day hiking are enhanced by the topographic diversity, scenic character, size, as well as the botanical, wildlife, and cultural values of the area. Additional information is available on our Ben Avery Trail page.

Photo: Bob Wick

From all of us at the Department of the Interior and NPS (including this grizzly bear), we want to thank you for the kind words about the National Park Service 98th birthday today. Here is a another photo celebrating the national parks and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness act on September 3rd.This bear is in Lake Clark National Park, a land of stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes, and local people and culture still depend on the land and water of their home. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness. Photo: Kevin Dietrich (www.sharetheexperience.org)

From all of us at the Department of the Interior and NPS (including this grizzly bear), we want to thank you for the kind words about the National Park Service 98th birthday today. Here is a another photo celebrating the national parks and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness act on September 3rd.

This bear is in Lake Clark National Park, a land of stunning beauty where volcanoes steam, salmon run, bears forage, craggy mountains reflect in shimmering turquoise lakes, and local people and culture still depend on the land and water of their home. Solitude is found around every bend in the river and shoulder of a mountain. Venture into the park to become part of the wilderness. 

Photo: Kevin Dietrich (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Happy 98th birthday to the National Park Service! We’re celebrating this week by highlighting some of the amazing wilderness managed by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (all bureaus within the Department of the Interior). Each day this week, we will post a photo of wilderness managed by the Department. Which ever photo gets the more shares and likes will be featured next week on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act, which has protected millions of acres of America’s stunning lands.Our first photo comes from the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center within Yosemite National Park.Photo: Sean Goebel (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Happy 98th birthday to the National Park Service! We’re celebrating this week by highlighting some of the amazing wilderness managed by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (all bureaus within the Department of the Interior). Each day this week, we will post a photo of wilderness managed by the Department. Which ever photo gets the more shares and likes will be featured next week on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act, which has protected millions of acres of America’s stunning lands.

Our first photo comes from the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center within Yosemite National Park.

Photo: Sean Goebel (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Sunset in Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Photo by Kristina Plaas, © 2014 all rights reserved.

Sunset in Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Photo by Kristina Plaas, © 2014 all rights reserved.

Monday is the National Park Service 98th birthday & all entrance fees will be waived. Please share and like this photo of Denali National Park to spread the word! Photo: Morton Katz (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Monday is the National Park Service 98th birthday & all entrance fees will be waived. Please share and like this photo of Denali National Park to spread the word! 

Photo: Morton Katz (www.sharetheexperience.org)

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii joined the Union. Happy anniversary to the 50th state! Photo of Kīlauea Point Lighthouse in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge by Raul Ruiz (www.sharetheexperience.org).

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii joined the Union. Happy anniversary to the 50th state! 

Photo of Kīlauea Point Lighthouse in the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge by Raul Ruiz (www.sharetheexperience.org).

The sea otter version of a pedicure in Glacier Bay National Park.Photo: National Park Service

The sea otter version of a pedicure in Glacier Bay National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

The majestic Park Avenue in Arches National Park. Photo: Richard Briggs (www.sharetheexperience.org)

The majestic Park Avenue in Arches National Park.

Photo: Richard Briggs (www.sharetheexperience.org)

It’s not every day you catch a bird posing for your photo mid-flight.Photo from Glacier Bay National Park by Michael Hogan @ TizzyLish Photography

It’s not every day you catch a bird posing for your photo mid-flight.

Photo from Glacier Bay National Park by Michael Hogan @ TizzyLish Photography