America's Great Outdoors
For the first time in five years, the ice on Lake Superior is thick enough to visit the spectacular sea caves of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin. Inside the caves awaits a fairyland of needlelike icicles. The formations change from chamber to chamber and from day to day. Apostle Islands is experiencing high volume of visitors right now, so we recommend that you visit the caves during the week. Before heading to the caves, please call the Ice Line at (715) 779-3397 - extension 3, for the most current ice condition information. Photo: National Park Service

For the first time in five years, the ice on Lake Superior is thick enough to visit the spectacular sea caves of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin. Inside the caves awaits a fairyland of needlelike icicles. The formations change from chamber to chamber and from day to day. Apostle Islands is experiencing high volume of visitors right now, so we recommend that you visit the caves during the week. Before heading to the caves, please call the Ice Line at (715) 779-3397 - extension 3, for the most current ice condition information.

Photo: National Park Service

This view never gets old.Photo of the Grand Canyon by the National Park Service.

This view never gets old.

Photo of the Grand Canyon by the National Park Service.

Here’s a break from the cold most of the U.S. is experiencing right now. Summertime in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.Photo: Diane Carrigan (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Here’s a break from the cold most of the U.S. is experiencing right now. Summertime in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Photo: Diane Carrigan (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Crater Lake National Park has received 25” of new snow in the past week bringing current snow depth to 32”. A far cry from the 78” that should be on the ground on this date, but combined with predicted mild temperatures and sunny skies over the next few days, it should make for some good outdoor activity and great photography just about anywhere in the park!Photo: National Park Service

Crater Lake National Park has received 25” of new snow in the past week bringing current snow depth to 32”. A far cry from the 78” that should be on the ground on this date, but combined with predicted mild temperatures and sunny skies over the next few days, it should make for some good outdoor activity and great photography just about anywhere in the park!

Photo: National Park Service

Can you picture yourself on a trail in Glacier National Park, enjoying the quiet stillness of a winter’s day?Photo: National Park Service

Can you picture yourself on a trail in Glacier National Park, enjoying the quiet stillness of a winter’s day?

Photo: National Park Service

Snow + a rainbow + Yosemite National Park = this amazing photo. Photo: Leasha Hooker (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Snow + a rainbow + Yosemite National Park = this amazing photo.

Photo: Leasha Hooker (www.sharetheexperience.org)

This stunning sunset is courtesy of Olympic National Park in Washington. Photo: Marco Crupi (www.sharetheexperience.org)

This stunning sunset is courtesy of Olympic National Park in Washington.

Photo: Marco Crupi (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Time lapse by Jacob W. Frank

Photo from late last week near Grandeur Point on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.Photo: M. Quinn - National Park Service

Photo from late last week near Grandeur Point on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Photo: M. Quinn - National Park Service

Only a few days left to submit your favorite federal recreational lands photos! Michael McRuiz is a weekly winner with a stunning photo of this island in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. Check out all the details at www.sharetheexperience.org. Your photo might even get featured on this very Tumblr!

Only a few days left to submit your favorite federal recreational lands photos! Michael McRuiz is a weekly winner with a stunning photo of this island in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. Check out all the details at www.sharetheexperience.org. Your photo might even get featured on this very Tumblr!