America's Great Outdoors
Sunset at the Doll House in Canyonlands National Park.Photo: National Park Service

Sunset at the Doll House in Canyonlands National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse at Sunset in Acadia National Park. Photo: Jeremy Stevens (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse at Sunset in Acadia National Park

Photo: Jeremy Stevens (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Bear Lake, just after sunset, with Hallett Peak in the background, just beginning to be enveloped by clouds in Rocky Mountain National Park.Photo: Glenn Nelson (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Bear Lake, just after sunset, with Hallett Peak in the background, just beginning to be enveloped by clouds in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Photo: Glenn Nelson (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Spring sunset on the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.Photo: National Park Service

Spring sunset on the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

Sunsets don’t get much better than this one over Grand Teton National Park. Photo: Robert McKinney (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Sunsets don’t get much better than this one over Grand Teton National Park.

Photo: Robert McKinney (www.sharetheexperience.org)

There have been some beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the past few days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These times also happen to be the best times to see wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, in Cades Cove.Photo: Sunset in Cades Cove by Kristina Plaas, © 2014 All Rights Reserved.

There have been some beautiful sunrises and sunsets over the past few days in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. These times also happen to be the best times to see wildlife, such as white-tailed deer, in Cades Cove.

Photo: Sunset in Cades Cove by Kristina Plaas, © 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula in Hyde County, North Carolina. Established in 1934, the 50,180-acre Refuge consists of open water, marsh, forest and croplands. The centerpiece of the Refuge is the shallow Lake Mattamuskeet. At 40,100 acres, it is North Carolina’s largest natural lake.
The Refuge’s strategic location along the Atlantic Flyway makes it a vitally important stopover for wintering waterfowl. Over the past 35 years, up to 80 percent of the Northern Pintail and up to 30 percent of Green-wing Teal that annually migrate along the Flyway utilize Mattamuskeet. In total, the Refuge attracts more than 200,000 ducks, geese and swans from November through February.Photo: Allie Stewart, USFWS

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula in Hyde County, North Carolina. Established in 1934, the 50,180-acre Refuge consists of open water, marsh, forest and croplands. The centerpiece of the Refuge is the shallow Lake Mattamuskeet. At 40,100 acres, it is North Carolina’s largest natural lake.

The Refuge’s strategic location along the Atlantic Flyway makes it a vitally important stopover for wintering waterfowl. Over the past 35 years, up to 80 percent of the Northern Pintail and up to 30 percent of Green-wing Teal that annually migrate along the Flyway utilize Mattamuskeet. In total, the Refuge attracts more than 200,000 ducks, geese and swans from November through February.

Photo: Allie Stewart, USFWS

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

Alpenglow on Denali. NPS Photo/Daniel A. Leifheit 

Alpenglow on Denali.

NPS Photo/Daniel A. Leifheit 

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)