Wiggle out of your sleeping bag, toss back the tent flap and take in the morning view. Sounds like a great fall morning in Oregon. The Smith River forms in the Coast Range and flows about 50 miles west, emptying into the Pacific Ocean just north of Reedsport, Oregon. With 10 campsites operated by the Bureau of Land Management, this peaceful, old-growth forest setting provides an ideal place to picnic, wade, fish and watch for bald eagles. Photo by Michael Campbell, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).
Whoo whoo’s ready for Halloween? As the sun sets and costumed candy hunters emerge, so will owls like this great horned owl @mypubliclands Marion Creek Campground in Alaska. Great horned owls are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. Their excellent night vision, acute hearing and silent flight makes them practically magical. Their eyes don’t move in their sockets, but they can swivel their heads more than 180 degrees to look in any direction, making them nature’s perfect, lovable creeper. Just remember: even when you’re not watching wildlife on public lands – they’re watching you. Muhaha! Happy Owloween! Photo by Kerry Howard (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The sunset brings vibrant orange hues over Skyline Arch and fills spectators with a resounding sense of awe. When visiting Arches National Park in Utah, try camping with family or friends in Devil’s Garden Campground. From there, take the short hike up behind Skyline Arch. Experiencing the sunset from this vantage point promises some of the best evening light and can be a dream scenario for photographers. Photo by Nina Mayer Ritchie (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Deep glacier-carved gorges, stunning scenery, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers – you’ll find all these and more in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management and Protection Area in Oregon. The 52-mile Steens Mountain Backcountry Byway provides access to four campgrounds, numerous trails, the Riddle Brothers Ranch National Historic District and opportunities for fishing and hunting. The views from Kiger Gorge, East Rim, Big Indian Gorge, Wildhorse and Little Blitzen Gorge overlooks are not to be missed. Photo by Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands)
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It takes a bit o’ luck 🍀to capture a scene this epic. This bald eagle crossed in front of a vibrant rainbow, right after a storm on Lake Vermilion. As the fifth largest lake in Minnesota, it’s also known as one of the most beautiful. The lake has hundreds of small public land islands that vary in size, offering a variety of camping options and world-class fishing. Looking for a photo opportunity like this treasure? Keep adventuring on #publiclands. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands) .
The best part of camping at Badlands National Park in South Dakota is waking up in time to see the sunrise. The colorful rock formations – carved by wind and water over thousands of years – catch the glowing light of daybreak and display their rugged beauty. It’s a great way to start off the day before exploring ancient fossil beds and taking pictures of bighorn sheep and bison. Photo by Kevin Huston (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Mountaintop sunrise viewing is a popular experience at Haleakala National Park in Hawaii, but there’s a lot more to do there. The Kīpahulu District of the park is located where the mountain slopes down to the rugged Maui coastline. Visitors are treated to views of waterfalls, extensive hiking trails, sweeping ocean vistas and Hawaiian cultural demonstrations. Some of the camping sites are tremendous places to enjoy the sunset. Photo by Vladislav Nodelman (www.sharetheexperience.org).