Resembling the work of an artist, sunsets like this one in Utah from Plateau Viewpoint in Labyrinth Rims/Gemini Bridges Special Management Recreation Area can feel almost unreal. Pink hues of the day’s last light grace the sandstone domes of the Sand Flats Recreation Area and the forested slopes of the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Bureau of Land Management manages this area, offering incredible opportunities for world-class recreation, like mountain biking, camping and river-rafting– or —gawking at sunsets. Photo by Stephen Smith (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Happy birthday to the Wilderness Act! Wilderness designation now protects over 111 million acres of pristine wild places, providing all Americans a chance for soul-stirring adventures in nature. The Wilderness Act states that wilderness areas “shall be administered for the use and enjoyment of the American people” – and they’ve provided us that and so much more. Wilderness areas continue to inspire us and are vital to our physical and mental health. Photo of rainfall over Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska by Neal Herbert, National Park Service.