America's Great Outdoors
This image was taken at Balanced Rock inside Arches National Park and includes Zodiacal Light and the Milky Way.Photo: Brad Goldpaint (www.goldpaintphotography.com)

This image was taken at Balanced Rock inside Arches National Park and includes Zodiacal Light and the Milky Way.

Photo: Brad Goldpaint (www.goldpaintphotography.com)

Milky Way near Butterfield Pass in the BLM-managed Sonoran Desert National Monument.This area is probably only 30-40 air miles from Phoenix, and the glow from the city is visible to the north. However, the overhead stars and southern horizon are dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way, which makes a great backdrop to the charismatic saguaros. Photo: Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

Milky Way near Butterfield Pass in the BLM-managed Sonoran Desert National Monument.

This area is probably only 30-40 air miles from Phoenix, and the glow from the city is visible to the north. However, the overhead stars and southern horizon are dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way, which makes a great backdrop to the charismatic saguaros. 

Photo: Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

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).

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

A geomagnetic storm earlier this week caused an explosion of color as the northern lights danced across the starry sky over Denali National Park. Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

A geomagnetic storm earlier this week caused an explosion of color as the northern lights danced across the starry sky over Denali National Park.

Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit

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In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, BLM-Idaho will highlight 50 adventures in the Owyhee Canyonlands Wilderness Areas throughout 2014. Each “Wilderness Wednesday” during this year of celebration, the public will find a new post on BLM Idaho’s Facebook page, suggesting a new idea for a wilderness adventure.  All activities will also be featured on the BLM-Idaho website. Each wilderness adventure will identify the wilderness area and include a photo, brief description, suggested experience level, location and approximate time to complete. Posts will begin on January 22. Members of the public are encouraged to share their photos and experiences in Idaho’s wilderness by using #IdahoWilderness50. We will share our favorites on our Facebook page throughout the year.

-Krista Berumen, BLM Idaho

Viewed from the road, this desert 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 Joshua Tree National Park for yourself!Photo: Sarah Chah (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Viewed from the road, this desert 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 Joshua Tree National Park for yourself!

Photo: Sarah Chah (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Some photos from America’s public lands are beyond words. This photo from Arches National Park by Jacob. W Frank is one of them.

Some photos from America’s public lands are beyond words. This photo from Arches National Park by Jacob. W Frank is one of them.

Some of the best star gazing in the world happens on America’s public lands. Case in point: this stunning photo from Yosemite National Park. Photo: Bruce Butkus (www.sharetheexperience.org).

Some of the best star gazing in the world happens on America’s public lands. Case in point: this stunning photo from Yosemite National Park.

Photo: Bruce Butkus (www.sharetheexperience.org).

The definition of a “wow” photo. A nighttime photographer takes it all in at Arches National Park in Utah.Photo: National Park Service

The definition of a “wow” photo. A nighttime photographer takes it all in at Arches National Park in Utah.

Photo: National Park Service