A visit to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming creates memories that last a lifetime. During a recent trip, Josh Packer’s first time at Moose Falls didn’t disappoint. "Arriving just before sunset, the lighting was perfect on the snow-covered trees. I could have spent all day listening to this waterfall in this winter wonderland." It’s moments like these why Josh is taking the...
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For more than 700 years, the Ancestral Pueblo people called what is now Mesa Verde National Park home. Their dwellings -- elaborate stone communities -- blend into the sheltered alcoves of Colorado’s canyon walls. Today, visitors can explore these spectacular cliff dwellings with ranger-guided tours from late spring to early fall. Photo courtesy of Chris Wheeler.
A colossal tribute to four of our greatest presidents, Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota captivates and overwhelms nearly 3 million visitors a year. Most popular during the summer, we think Presidents’ Day is a perfect time of year to feature this remarkable park. Say hi to Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt when you go! Explore Mount Rushmore’s history and...
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Grand Canyon National Park overwhelms the senses with its sheer size. It’s 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep. It also has some of the best sunsets in the world. Photo from the South Rim courtesy of Michael Shainblum.
Zion National Park in Utah boasts some of the most scenic landscapes in the southwestern U.S. Within its 229 square miles are high plateaus, a maze of deep sandstone canyons and the gorgeous Virgin River. The soft scents of pine and juniper drift on the air. A winter sunset coloring the sky above this dramatic scene is an unforgettable experience. Photo by David Curry (.
When visiting Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve, be sure to look up for a chance to glimpse the Northern Lights. Also known as the aurora borealis, these fantastic displays of color occur when a massive burst of solar wind and magnetic fields interact with Earth's atmosphere. Different colors depend on whether electrons collide with atoms of oxygen (red/green) and nitrogen...
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Congrats, Wisdom! The world’s oldest known wild bird is a mom again: bit.ly/2lcjeT7
America's public lands can provide awesome experiences -- from taking in the great scenery of our natural landscapes to learning about our nation’s rich history. Monday, February 20, is the perfect day to explore your national parks and other public lands with free entrance for Presidents’ Day: [ On.doi.gov Link ]

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Winter in Yellowstone National Park means fewer crowds, frigid temperatures, and steaming geyser basins. It also means amazing scenes like this one taken at the north entrance on Monday morning. Bison and elk graze in the valley as the nearly full moon sets behind Electric Peak. Photo by Jacob W. Frank, National Park Service. #YellowstonePledge
Did you know that there’s a hidden room behind Abraham Lincoln’s head at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota? How about the Native American name for the mountain? Did you know that Washington’s nose is 21 feet long? Find out more fun facts and interesting stories about the awe-inspiring Mount Rushmore: [ On.doi.gov Link ]

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Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge encompasses some of Alabama’s last remaining undisturbed coastal barrier habitat. The name Bon Secour is French for “safe harbor,” very appropriate considering the sanctuary it provides for native flora and fauna. This refuge is a natural oasis of wildlands, where wildlife can exist without harm. It may be too cold to go in the water, but even in winter, a...
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Sequoia National Park is the land of giants with huge mountains, deep canyons and the world’s largest trees. It can be hard to appreciate the size of the giant sequoias -- the largest are as tall as an average 26-story building, and their diameters at the base exceed the width of many city streets. Explore this special place and all other public lands with free entrance on Monday for...
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Slavery represents a terrible stain on the fabric of American history. The political, economic and cultural impacts of this institution remain an unavoidable chapter in African American history. To better understand the experience and legacy of slavery, the National Park Service preserves places like Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve in Florida, and Cane River Creole National Historical...
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The stillness of a winter sunrise is a moment to cherish at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Maine. Established in 1966, the refuge protects salt marshes and estuaries important for migrating birds. Stretching from the coast to inland forests, the refuge offers amazing views and wildlife watching on five excellent trails. Photo by Ward Feurt, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
These two little red foxes snoozing at Maine’s Acadia National Park are beyond cute! A mother fox gives birth to a litter of 2-12 kits, which the parents raise together. When the kits are about seven months old, they’re ready to strike out on their own. Check out more photos of cuddly animals: on.doi.gov/affectionateanimals. Photo by Jana Matusz, National Park Service.
America’s public lands are wonderful places to love and be in love. Experiences in national parks, wildlife refuges and scenic wildernesses are even better when shared with the people you care about most. We’re celebrating these great love stories with this cute video of romantic moments on public lands. Thanks to everyone who shared their photos and helped make this sweet #ValentinesDay video!
It’s that time of year again when visitors flock to Yosemite National Park to see the famous Horsetail Fall -- the waterfall that looks like lava flowing down the side of El Capitan. This rare phenomenon only happens for a short time in February (if the conditions are perfect). When the setting sun’s rays hit the waterfall at just the right angle, it illuminates the water in brilliant reds and...
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It seems like everywhere you look, you can see tender moments between couples -- including in the animal kingdom. So this Valentine’s Day say, “Awww!” with these sweet pics of animals showing affection: [ On.doi.gov Link ]
Strolling by the water at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Indiana is a serene experience. The sun sparkles on the water and the breeze blows your troubles off your shoulders. 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. Even seeing the Chicago skyline 35 miles away across Lake...
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On this day in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was born. Despite his humble beginnings and lack of formal education, Lincoln distinguished himself as an honest leader and a powerful speaker. Leading the nation through the Civil War, our 16th President fought for unity and helped bring an end to slavery in our country. Modeled after the Parthenon in Greece (the birthplace of democracy), the Lincoln...
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