America's Great Outdoors
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

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 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

Happy 50th anniversary Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge! The refuge (in Missouri) was officially established on August 11, 1964, to provide a feeding and resting area for migratory birds.The refuge covers 3,750 acres in the floodplain of the Mississippi river and is comprised of moist soil units, open water, wet meadows and bottomland forest habitats. Nearly 300 species of birds visit the refuge during their journeys as well as the Great River National Wildlife just to the north.Photo: Carmen Cortelyou/USFWS

Happy 50th anniversary Clarence Cannon National Wildlife Refuge! The refuge (in Missouri) was officially established on August 11, 1964, to provide a feeding and resting area for migratory birds.

The refuge covers 3,750 acres in the floodplain of the Mississippi river and is comprised of moist soil units, open water, wet meadows and bottomland forest habitats. Nearly 300 species of birds visit the refuge during their journeys as well as the Great River National Wildlife just to the north.

Photo: Carmen Cortelyou/USFWS

The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.Photo: Kevin Palmer (www.sharetheexperience.org)

The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here. The park’s 244,000 acres protect an expanse of mixed-grass prairie where bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets live today.

Photo: Kevin Palmer (www.sharetheexperience.org)

"If it isn’t God’s backyard, then he certainly lives nearby." - Robin Williams on Glacier National Park. RIPPhoto: Kim Hang Dessoliers

"If it isn’t God’s backyard, then he certainly lives nearby." - Robin Williams on Glacier National Park. RIP

Photo: Kim Hang Dessoliers