America's Great Outdoors
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)

Sunset over Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.Photo: Austin Leih (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Sunset over Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

Photo: Austin Leih (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Happy 165th birthday to the Department of the Interior! On March 3, 1849, President Polk signed the legislation into law creating the department.Today, the Department manages the Nation’s public lands and minerals including providing access to public lands and the Outer Continental Shelf, for renewable and conventional energy; is the steward of 20% of the Nations lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and the public lands; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 western states and a supplier of hydropower energy; and upholds federal trusts to Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives. It is responsible for migratory wildlife conservation; historic preservation; endangered species conservation; surface-mined lands protection and restoration; mapping, geological, hydrological, biologic science for the Nation and financial and technical assistance for the Insular Areas.To learn more about the Department, click here.Photo of Bryce Canyon National Park by Kuang-Yu Jen

Happy 165th birthday to the Department of the Interior! On March 3, 1849, President Polk signed the legislation into law creating the department.

Today, the Department manages the Nation’s public lands and minerals including providing access to public lands and the Outer Continental Shelf, for renewable and conventional energy; is the steward of 20% of the Nations lands, including national parks, national wildlife refuges, and the public lands; is the largest supplier and manager of water in the 17 western states and a supplier of hydropower energy; and upholds federal trusts to Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives. It is responsible for migratory wildlife conservation; historic preservation; endangered species conservation; surface-mined lands protection and restoration; mapping, geological, hydrological, biologic science for the Nation and financial and technical assistance for the Insular Areas.

To learn more about the Department, click here.

Photo of Bryce Canyon National Park by Kuang-Yu Jen

Winter sunset over Arches National Park - Utah.Photo: Jacob W. Frank

Winter sunset over Arches National Park - Utah.

Photo: Jacob W. Frank

Steven Clouse sent us this beautiful photo of sunset over Joshua Tree National Park.

Steven Clouse sent us this beautiful photo of sunset over Joshua Tree National Park.

Millions of visitors are drawn to the islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico for the white sandy beaches, the aquamarine waters, a boat ride, a camping spot, a tour of an old fort, or a place to fish. The Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi is a wonderful place to experience barrier islands, salt marshes and wildlife.Photo: National Park Service

Millions of visitors are drawn to the islands in the northern Gulf of Mexico for the white sandy beaches, the aquamarine waters, a boat ride, a camping spot, a tour of an old fort, or a place to fish. The Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi is a wonderful place to experience barrier islands, salt marshes and wildlife.

Photo: National Park Service

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)

While cold temperatures are dominating most of North America, Everglades National Park is blissfully located in a sub tropical environment. Have you planned your winter vacation? Maybe a 70’F sunset in Flamingo should be on your itinerary!Photo: National Park Service

While cold temperatures are dominating most of North America, Everglades National Park is blissfully located in a sub tropical environment. Have you planned your winter vacation? Maybe a 70’F sunset in Flamingo should be on your itinerary!

Photo: National Park Service