America's Great Outdoors
Viewed from the road, Joshua Tree National Park only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place. Come see for yourself!Photo: Robb Hannawacker, NPS

Viewed from the road, Joshua Tree National Park only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place. Come see for yourself!

Photo: Robb Hannawacker, NPS

Yosemite National Park received a little snow this weekend, although it is melting quickly in the Valley, the clearing storm made for a stunning morning.Photo: National Park Service

Yosemite National Park received a little snow this weekend, although it is melting quickly in the Valley, the clearing storm made for a stunning morning.

Photo: National Park Service

Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.Photo: Victoria Happekotte Borjesson (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was.

Photo: Victoria Happekotte Borjesson (www.sharetheexperience.org)

A shot of the Jeffrey Pine at the top of Sentinel Dome in Yosemite National Park (made famous by Ansel Adams) set against a backdrop of stars! This is a single exposure by Jesse Summers (www.sharetheexperience.org).

A shot of the Jeffrey Pine at the top of Sentinel Dome in Yosemite National Park (made famous by Ansel Adams) set against a backdrop of stars! This is a single exposure by Jesse Summers (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Yesterday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined with hundreds of community members to celebrate President Obama’s designation of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. The President’s action establishes the first shoreline addition to monument, protecting approximately 1,665 acres of public lands.For the past decade, the Bureau of Land Management has been working with partners, including the Trust for Public Land, the Conservation Lands Foundation, California Natural Resources Agency, California Coastal Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, and many other partners and private land owners to preserve the coastal bluffs and meadows of the Stornetta and Point Arena areas.With completion of several land acquisitions, the public now has unfettered access to 12 miles of federal and state-managed public lands, from the community of Point Arena north to Manchester State Beach.Photo: Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management

Yesterday, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined with hundreds of community members to celebrate President Obama’s designation of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument. The President’s action establishes the first shoreline addition to monument, protecting approximately 1,665 acres of public lands.

For the past decade, the Bureau of Land Management has been working with partners, including the Trust for Public Land, the Conservation Lands Foundation, California Natural Resources Agency, California Coastal Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, and many other partners and private land owners to preserve the coastal bluffs and meadows of the Stornetta and Point Arena areas.

With completion of several land acquisitions, the public now has unfettered access to 12 miles of federal and state-managed public lands, from the community of Point Arena north to Manchester State Beach.

Photo: Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management

Can you see the Milky Way from your backyard? Death Valley’s dark night skies let you experience the sky as your great grandparents saw it from their backyard.Photo: Dan Duriscoe

Can you see the Milky Way from your backyard? Death Valley’s dark night skies let you experience the sky as your great grandparents saw it from their backyard.

Photo: Dan Duriscoe

The iconic Bridalveil falls in Yosemite National Park after a snowstorm in early spring 2012.Photo: Sankar Salvady (www.sharetheexperience.org)

The iconic Bridalveil falls in Yosemite National Park after a snowstorm in early spring 2012.

Photo: Sankar Salvady (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Here’s what happens when a little bit of light, a little bit of water (from Upper Yosemite Fall) combine at just the right time. Photo: Yosemite National Park

Here’s what happens when a little bit of light, a little bit of water (from Upper Yosemite Fall) combine at just the right time.

Photo: Yosemite National Park

On May 24, 1969, the BLM dedicated nearly 30,000 acres of public land west of Lone Pine, CA, as the Alabama Hills Recreation Area. Management plans are being considered that will eventually include a scenic trail system that people may walk and enjoy this geologic phenomena at a leisurely pace.The Bureau of Land Management and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group care for this area with the goal of preserving the hills in as close as natural state as possible for the enjoyment of future generations. This area hosts numerous and varied types of recreation. Motor touring, photography, rock climbing, exploring natural arches and viewing the swaths of wildflowers that bloom every spring are just a few of the over 40 activities that take place here.Photo: Cliff LaPlant (www.sharetheexperience.org)

On May 24, 1969, the BLM dedicated nearly 30,000 acres of public land west of Lone Pine, CA, as the Alabama Hills Recreation Area. Management plans are being considered that will eventually include a scenic trail system that people may walk and enjoy this geologic phenomena at a leisurely pace.

The Bureau of Land Management and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group care for this area with the goal of preserving the hills in as close as natural state as possible for the enjoyment of future generations. This area hosts numerous and varied types of recreation. Motor touring, photography, rock climbing, exploring natural arches and viewing the swaths of wildflowers that bloom every spring are just a few of the over 40 activities that take place here.

Photo: Cliff LaPlant (www.sharetheexperience.org)

We are happy to announce that Yosemite National Park has joined Instagram! Click here to follow them for amazing images every day.Photo: Ethan Killian (www.sharetheexperience.org)

We are happy to announce that Yosemite National Park has joined Instagram! Click here to follow them for amazing images every day.

Photo: Ethan Killian (www.sharetheexperience.org)