Canyonlands National Park sits under the desert sun nearly every day, but in the early morning hours when the air is cool and the sun is rising, a majestic glow of indigo fills this Utah valley with mist. The iconic Airport Tower can be seen in the distance, standing just behind the Washer Woman Arch. Photo courtesy of Sam Koerbel
If you’ve never seen the sunset at Great Smoky Mountains National Park (located in both North Carolina and Tennessee), you’ve been missing out. If you have seen one, you’re probably dreaming of the next one. The gentle curves of the forested mountains, the rising fog in the hollows and the glowing colors painting the cloudscape create a scene so beautiful, you’ll never forget it. Photo by Rick...
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Just as the sunlight fades over Mount Rainier National Park in Washington each night, so will winter transition into spring. Soon, only an icy cap will remain on the iconic peak while the forests and meadows burst forth in color and life. Start planning your trip now to see the wildflowers bloom in the coming months. Photo by National Park Service.
Kick off spring with a visit to a national park during National Park Week (April 15-23). Here’s 5 fun ways to celebrate: [ On.doi.gov Link ] #FindYourPark

Photo of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve by Cane West, National Park Service.
Taking its name from one of the longest living trees in the Arizona desert, the 129,000-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument is a true Sonoran Desert showcase. Keeping company with the ironwood trees are mesquite, palo verde, creosote, and saguaro -- blanketing the monument floor beneath rugged mountain ranges named Silver Bell, Waterman and Sawtooth. In between, desert valleys lay quietly...
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Captivating colors light up the desert sky at Arches National Park in Utah. Many trails lead to the park’s iconic stone arches, including a gentle, one-mile roundtrip hike to this exceptional view of Turret Arch from the North Window. Although this spot is famous for sunrise, sunsets are equally beautiful. Photo courtesy of Manish Mamtani.
With a new program called “Doggy Days at Interior,” Secretary Ryan Zinke's agency will join a growing group of pet-friendly workplaces.

In a first for the government, dogs will be welcome at the Interior Department

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Happy National Puppy Day! Did you know that dogs aren’t the only animals with pups? Other species, like the fox, have young that are also called pups. In the spring, a mother fox gives birth to a litter of 2-12 pups (also called kits). When the pups are about seven months old, they’re ready to strike out on their own. By winter the pup will find a mate and will stay with that mate for the rest...
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It might be spring, but we can’t wait to enjoy the breathtaking sunsets at Yosemite National Park's Tuolumne Meadows. Here at one of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada, visitors can see the Tuolumne River meandering quietly through its meadow channel against a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks and glacially carved domes. The area is currently closed to cars for snow and...
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Harriet Tubman blazed a path towards freedom by leading enslaved African Americans through the Underground Railroad. As a tribute to her bravery and significant contribution to the Abolitionist movement, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park was established in Church Creek, Maryland. Explore these inspiring historic places for more #WomensHistoryMonth stories: [...
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If you think the colorful landscape of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon is interesting, just wait until you see what’s hidden among the unique rock formations. The erosion that created the painted hills and deep ravines also revealed one of the longest records of evolutionary change on the continent. On the park’s 14,000 acres, scientists have uncovered fossils of plants and...
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Remember to look up when walking in a forest of redwoods! Redwood National and State Parks (NPS) is home to the tallest trees on Earth, which can reach heights of more than 300 feet, or nearly 28 stories. Stroll among these California giants, as well as vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways and nearly 40 miles of rugged coastline. Photo courtesy of Andy Best.
Need something to make it through the day? Check 12 pics of the different species of pups you can find on public lands: [ On.doi.gov Link ]

Photo of a sleeping seal pup at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Oregon by Bureau of Land Management - Oregon.
Check out this peaceful scene at Table Rock Wilderness in Oregon for International Day of Forests. See old growth Douglas fir and western hemlock along four terrific trails as you hike up to the “fortress” of Table Rock. Breathe in the rich, forest air and remember the poem by Robert Frost, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep. And...
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I spy with my little eye ... The eastern screech owl is a master of disguise. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey, which generally nest in tree cavities. The eastern screech owl looks like a miniature great horned owl and has a wingspan of 1½ - 2 feet. This photo was taken at Georgia’s Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which serves as a breeding ground for...
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Washington D.C.’s cherry blossoms are the pride of the nation’s Capital. A gift from Japan to the United States in 1912, these gorgeous trees bring 1.5 million people to the National Mall each year to view the white and pink blossoms. The National Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off this weekend and peak bloom is should be in the next few days, so we’re expecting a fun and busy week ahead.
Happy first day of Spring! Let’s welcome the season with a blanket of wildflowers at Carrizo Plain National Monument in California. Only a few hours from Los Angeles, Carrizo Plain offers visitors a chance to be alone with nature. Prominent features of the monument include the white alkali flats of Soda Lake, vast open grasslands and a broad plain rimmed by mountains. When conditions are...
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Death Valley National Park is famous for its spectacular spring wildflower displays. While the intensity of the bloom varies greatly from year to year, flowers are never totally absent. This year, wildflowers are generally sparse along popular scenic routes, but intrepid photographers like Michael Hardridge are finding desert sand verbena blooming at Ibex Dunes, a remote area that requires a...
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A lavender sunrise reveals the marbled and cracked surface of Dream Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. If not for the chill, this would be the most beautiful floor in the world. Photo courtesy of Eric Schuette.
We’re ending the day with purple skies and this amazing double rainbow from Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Photographer Tony Prince arrived at the park’s Toroweap (also spelled Tuweep) Lookout on the North Rim to find cloudy skies and light rain. But luck was on his side. Just before sunset, the sun slipped under the clouds and rewarded him with a beautiful double rainbow. Photo by...
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