A surprising landscape in southwestern Wyoming, Boar’s Tusk is the remaining core of a long dormant volcanic eruption. Made of an uncommon rock called lamproite, the butte rises 400 feet above the sandy valley floor. It’s a distinct landmark for anyone, or anything, travelling through the area. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).
The Shoshone Mountains are one of the longest ranges in the Silver State. Located in the vast, high-desert of central Nevada, this range stretches 66 miles long and encompass 400 square miles of public lands. Nearby is the Shoshone OHV trail system with about 50 miles of maintained routes for off-highway vehicles that are open year round. Photo by William O’Neill, Bureau of Land Management.
Winter has Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge in its icy grip. For countless generations, the Upper Tanana Valley of Alaska has served as a natural travel corridor – for wildlife, native people and explorers. Despite the blanket of snow, many animals live here year round – including the Great Grey Owl, which preys on small rodents. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Happy Presidents’ Day! Tall and dignified, the Washington Monument on the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., honors our first president, George Washington. Presidents’ Day is still officially “Washington’s Birthday,” but commonly includes Abraham Lincoln’s February 12 birthday in the celebration. Photo by Michelle Holshue (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Need a break from the cold? National Park of American Samoa is the place for you. The quintessential tropical paradise, National Park of American Samoa welcomes you into the heart of the South Pacific where you will discover rare plants and animals, coral sand beaches, and vistas of land and sea. When you aren’t snorkeling, enjoy a walk in the sand or relax in the shade along this quiet and remote beach. Doesn’t it sound like a dream getaway? Photo by National Park Service.
We don’t know what event this is or who is winning, but we love watching. Two bull elk battling at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. To the bold goes the gold. Photo courtesy of Zach Rockvam.
Virtually unchanged except by the forces of nature, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska is as wild as it is vast. Through endless summer days and winter nights colored by the Northern Lights, visitors travel by rivers and mountains yet to be named. With no roads, no trails and very few people, it’s the perfect place for those seeking solitude and natural beauty. Photo by Carl Johnson, National Park Service.
#TBT to this spectacular view from Yosemite National Park’s famous Horsetail Fall in 2017 when the waterfall looked like lava flowing down the side of El Capitan. This rare phenomenon “firefall” only happens for a short time in February – when there are clear skies, enough snow for the waterfall to flow and the setting sun hits the waterfall at just the right angle. This year, it doesn’t appear that Horsetail Fall will be putting on its show, but if you want take your chances, be sure to get your permit: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/horsetailfall.htm.
Photo courtesy of William Rainey.
Love is an adventure, especially when it finds its way to national parks, wildlife refuges and other public lands. Each year, these special places make the perfect backdrop for proposals and weddings. Today we celebrate the romantic moments loved ones share on public lands. Photo of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming courtesy of Daniel McLaughlin.