America's Great Outdoors
No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past like Crater Lake National Park.Photo: National Park Service

No place else on earth combines a deep, pure lake, so blue in color; sheer surrounding cliffs, almost two thousand feet high; two picturesque islands; and a violent volcanic past like Crater Lake National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

President Obama signed S.23 into law yesterday, legislation designating 32,557 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan as wilderness, the first congressional designation under the Wilderness Act since 2009. The Wilderness Act, signed into law in 1964, established the highest level of conservation protection for federal lands. It prohibits permanent roads and commercial enterprises, except commercial services that may provide for recreational or other purposes of the Wilderness Act. Wilderness areas generally do not allow motorized equipment, motor vehicles, mechanical transport, temporary roads, permanent structures or installation. Visitors can engage in non-motorized recreation in wilderness areas, including hiking, fishing, camping, and hunting.To learn more, click here: http://bitly.com/1nWeiwvPhoto: Debbie Maglothin (www.sharetheexperience.org)

President Obama signed S.23 into law yesterday, legislation designating 32,557 acres of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan as wilderness, the first congressional designation under the Wilderness Act since 2009. 

The Wilderness Act, signed into law in 1964, established the highest level of conservation protection for federal lands. It prohibits permanent roads and commercial enterprises, except commercial services that may provide for recreational or other purposes of the Wilderness Act. Wilderness areas generally do not allow motorized equipment, motor vehicles, mechanical transport, temporary roads, permanent structures or installation. Visitors can engage in non-motorized recreation in wilderness areas, including hiking, fishing, camping, and hunting.

To learn more, click here: http://bitly.com/1nWeiwv

Photo: Debbie Maglothin (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Wild ice views of Telaquana Lake in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve from an overflight this past Monday. Photo: National Park Service

Wild ice views of Telaquana Lake in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve from an overflight this past Monday. 

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

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

We are very happy to announce that Glacier National Park is now on Instagram! Follow them today for breathtaking photos like this one from Lake McDonald.Photo: Edward Wrzesien (www.sharetheexperience.org)

We are very happy to announce that Glacier National Park is now on Instagram! Follow them today for breathtaking photos like this one from Lake McDonald.

Photo: Edward Wrzesien (www.sharetheexperience.org)

A beautiful sunrise over Lake Clark National Park and Preserve yesterday morning.Photo: National Park Service

A beautiful sunrise over Lake Clark National Park and Preserve yesterday morning.

Photo: National Park Service

There is nothing quite like a winter dawn in Crater Lake National Park.Photo: Shane Dignum (www.sharetheexperience.org)

There is nothing quite like a winter dawn in Crater Lake National Park.

Photo: Shane Dignum (www.sharetheexperience.org)

With much of the country experiencing colder than normal temperatures, here’s a photo to remind everyone of the warm days of summer from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park’s rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history.Photo: Steve Perry (www.sharetheexperience.org)

With much of the country experiencing colder than normal temperatures, here’s a photo to remind everyone of the warm days of summer from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan. Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park’s rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history.

Photo: Steve Perry (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Let’s start the week off right with a beautiful sunrise photo from Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.Photo: Nic Showalter (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Let’s start the week off right with a beautiful sunrise photo from Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

Photo: Nic Showalter (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.Photo: National Park Service

Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.

Photo: National Park Service