America's Great Outdoors
Rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite National Park icon.

Rising nearly 5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite National Park icon.

Happy first day of fall! This is the perfect time to visit many of America’s amazing public lands and see fall colors. For a list of fall color travel ideas, click here.Photo from Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Charles Wickham.

Happy first day of fall! This is the perfect time to visit many of America’s amazing public lands and see fall colors. For a list of fall color travel ideas, click here.

Photo from Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Charles Wickham.

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

On a hot fourth of July weekend, the mist from Baring Falls cools! A short moderate jaunt from the Going-to-the-Sun-Road on the east side of Glacier National Park.Photo: National Park Service

On a hot fourth of July weekend, the mist from Baring Falls cools! A short moderate jaunt from the Going-to-the-Sun-Road on the east side of Glacier National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore’s 15,000 acres will continually enchant you.  Hikers will enjoy 45 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests.Photo: Christopher Reif (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore’s 15,000 acres will continually enchant you.  Hikers will enjoy 45 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests.

Photo: Christopher Reif (www.sharetheexperience.org)

A moose looks for aquatic plants in Wonder Lake in Denali National Park. NPS Photo/K. Lewandowski

A moose looks for aquatic plants in Wonder Lake in Denali National Park.

NPS Photo/K. Lewandowski

Happy 150th to Yosemite National Park! Share this photo to wish them a very happy birthday!Photo: Kevin Perez (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Happy 150th to Yosemite National Park! Share this photo to wish them a very happy birthday!

Photo: Kevin Perez (www.sharetheexperience.org)

Saturday morning, early risers found the the Yellowstone River Valley inundated by fog where it passes along the Blacktail Deer Plateau in Yellowstone National Park.Photo: National Park Service

Saturday morning, early risers found the the Yellowstone River Valley inundated by fog where it passes along the Blacktail Deer Plateau in Yellowstone National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

Blue sky day on the east side of Glacier yesterday.Photo: National Park Service

Blue sky day on the east side of Glacier yesterday.

Photo: National Park Service

Photographer Bob Dreeszen took this photo at Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge. We can’t explain what this red fox is doing — but maybe you can by commenting or helping us by sharing this photo with your friends and family!

Photographer Bob Dreeszen took this photo at Alaska Peninsula National Wildlife Refuge. We can’t explain what this red fox is doing — but maybe you can by commenting or helping us by sharing this photo with your friends and family!