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From the heights above, New River Gorge National River in #WestVirginia looks peaceful and serene. So, why do you often hear shouts and screams echoing around the forested hillsides? Because this ancient river is big and powerful and an excellent run for…
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From the heights above, New River Gorge National River in #WestVirginia looks peaceful and serene. So, why do you often hear shouts and screams echoing around the forested hillsides? Because this ancient river is big and powerful and an excellent run for people who enjoy #whitewater #rafting. The upper part of the river consists primarily of long pools, and relatively easy rapids, but the lower section has some big rapids ranging in difficulty from Class III to Class V. The #rapids are imposing and forceful, many of them obstructed by large boulders which necessitate maneuvering in very powerful currents and crosscurrents. If that sounds like a little too much excitement, don't forget, the park also offers some great places to hike, fish and camp. Photo by National Park Service. #usinterior #RecreateResponsibly

If your favorite color is blue, weve got the perfect park for you! Crater Lake National Park in #Oregon captivates visitors with mesmerizing blue water and gorgeous overlooks. Its amazing to think that the area was formed by the fall of a volcano. Known…
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If your favorite color is blue, we've got the perfect park for you! Crater Lake National Park in #Oregon captivates visitors with mesmerizing blue water and gorgeous overlooks. It's amazing to think that the area was formed by the fall of a volcano. Known as Mount Mazama, the 12,000-foot-tall #volcano, erupted and collapsed to create Crater Lake. The native Makalak legend explains that the fall of Mount Mazama #mountain was caused by a brutal battle between the spirit of the sky and the spirit of the mountain, with the eruption marking the end of it. Majestic and meaningful, a trip to Crater Lake holds a sacred look at one of the most unique lakes in the country. Photo @craterlakenational by Kimberly Hilsee (www.sharetheexperience.org). #USinterior #RecreateResponsibly

We dont want to put words in this red foxs mouth, but maybe this pup is just silently amazed that more than 3,000 species of wildlife live on more than 245 million acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management in 23 states. In fact, the BLM manages more…
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We don't want to put words in this red fox's mouth, but maybe this pup is just silently amazed that more than 3,000 species of wildlife live on more than 245 million acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management in 23 states. In fact, the BLM manages more wildlife habitat than any other federal or state agency. Walking a historic trail or paddling a scenic river, you can encounter all kinds of wonderful #wildlife, including red foxes. With excellent eyesight, a keen sense of smell and acute hearing, they are patient and clever hunters. And judging from this picture, deep thinkers. Photo by Ken Henke, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands) #fox #usinterior

Every step up takes you into a different world at North Cascades National Park in #Washington. From rich river valleys carpeted with wildflowers and giant evergreens, trails take you higher, passing through layers of mist and fog and eventually arriving in…
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Every step up takes you into a different world at North Cascades National Park in #Washington. From rich river valleys carpeted with wildflowers and giant evergreens, trails take you higher, passing through layers of mist and fog and eventually arriving in a world of rock and ice. Truly untrammeled wilderness is scarce in the world today, but the mountains of the Pacific Northwest still contain some habitats and natural communities that exist now as they have existed for thousands of years. From this view, it's easy to feel a sense of wonder and achievement. Photo @NCascadesNPS by James Henterley, #NationalPark Service. #NorthCascades #usinterior

Amazing colors! The day ends with a lullaby in the sky at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in #Virginia. The refuge is a source of comfort and vital habitat for birds and other wildlife along the #AtlanticCoast. Zach Frailey snapped this photo during…
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Amazing colors! The day ends with a lullaby in the sky at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in #Virginia. The refuge is a source of comfort and vital habitat for birds and other wildlife along the #AtlanticCoast. Zach Frailey snapped this photo during one of his visits, "my parents have been taking me to #Chincoteague since I was a baby and now I take my family there. It's an ever-changing wildlife refuge that has something different to see each visit, yet always feels familiar." For many who make their way to this refuge, it's not a visit, it's coming home. Pic courtesy of Zach Frailey (@uprootedphotos) #USInterior #NationalWildlifeRefuge #USFWS #ChincoteagueNWR

The jaw-dropping beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado stays with you long after you leave. The sandy slopes have been building and drifting for hundreds of thousands of years, telling a story of constant change. #GreatSandDunes…
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The jaw-dropping beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado stays with you long after you leave. The sandy slopes have been building and drifting for hundreds of thousands of years, telling a story of constant change. #GreatSandDunes protects the tallest dunes in North America, with the legendary Star Dune towering at 755 feet. Hiking the dunes is one of the most popular park activities, but there are also opportunities to stargaze and hear the sand "sing", and photograph the incredible natural beauty of the area. Photo @greatsanddunesnps by Rick Vega (www.sharetheexperience.org). #USinterior #RecreateResponsibly #FindYourPark

Oh, what a beautiful morning at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in #Iowa and #Nebraska. Located on the Missouri River floodplain, the refuge provides essential habitat for resident, migratory and endangered species. Floodplain forest, grasslands, wetlands…
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Oh, what a beautiful morning at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge in #Iowa and #Nebraska. Located on the Missouri River floodplain, the refuge provides essential habitat for resident, migratory and endangered species. Floodplain forest, grasslands, wetlands and sandbars support diverse and productive populations of birds, fish and mammals. In the summer months, visitors can't miss wood ducks and herons paddling and prancing through the wetlands while turtles sun themselves on the banks. Morning is often the best time to see wildlife and avoid the summer heat. Photo by Peter Rea, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (@USFWS) #DeSotoNationalWildlifeRefuge #sunrise #usinterior

Canyonlands #NationalPark in #Utah is a showcase of geology. In each of the parks districts, visitors can see the remarkable effects of time and erosion on a landscape of sedimentary rock. For millions of years, rock was broken down and carried here by wind…
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Canyonlands #NationalPark in #Utah is a showcase of geology. In each of the park's districts, visitors can see the remarkable effects of time and erosion on a landscape of sedimentary rock. For millions of years, rock was broken down and carried here by wind and water, creating deposits that eventually became distinct rock layers. Many of the rocks layers were deposited near sea level, but after a long period of uplift, the average elevation is now over 5,000 feet above sea level. As this area gradually rose, rivers that once deposited sediment on the lowlands began to remove it from the emerging plateau. The Green and Colorado rivers carved into the geologic layer cake, exposing buried sediments and creating the canyons and rock spires of #Canyonlands that amaze us now. Photo @CanyonlandsNPS by Randy Smythe (www.sharetheexperience.org). #science #usinterior

Its all fun and games until someones no longer amoosed. This young bull #moose at #Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in #Wyoming was happily browsing on narrow-leaved cottonwoods when a black-billed #magpie landed on him. The magpie was probably looking…
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It's all fun and games until someone's no longer amoosed. This young bull #moose at #Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in #Wyoming was happily browsing on narrow-leaved cottonwoods when a black-billed #magpie landed on him. The magpie was probably looking for ticks and mayyybe trying to steal some of his hair to line a nest. That's all. Moose are known to tolerate a magpie most days, as they seem to know having ticks removed is a benefit to them, but nope, not having it today. Photo by Tom Koerner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. #USInterior #NationalWildlifeRefuge #Mood #badpuns

“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” - Dr. Seuss As though paused mid-dance, the namesakes of Joshua Tree National Park in #California strike poses at sunset. Joshua tree forests tell a story of survival, resilience and beauty borne through perseverance.…
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“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” - Dr. Seuss As though paused mid-dance, the namesakes of Joshua Tree National Park in #California strike poses at sunset. Joshua tree forests tell a story of survival, resilience and beauty borne through perseverance. Native people recognized the Joshua tree for its useful properties: their tough leaves made baskets and sandals, and their flower buds and seeds made a healthy addition to the diet. The local Cahuilla have long referred to the tree as “hunuvat chiy’a” or “humwichawa.” #Joshuatrees are beautiful and vital to the #MojaveDesert ecosystem. They stand out and we wouldn't have it any other way. Photo @JoshuaTreeNPS by Emily Hassell, National Park Service. #Usinterior

About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 13-mile wide circular depression now known as the Valles Caldera. Today, #VallesCaldera National Preserve in #NewMexico maintains the natural wilderness and preserves the homeland of…
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About 1.25 million years ago, a spectacular volcanic eruption created the 13-mile wide circular depression now known as the Valles Caldera. Today, #VallesCaldera National Preserve in #NewMexico maintains the natural wilderness and preserves the homeland of ancestral native peoples that flourished in the location of that incredible event. During the rainy season, water funnels down the north rim of the crater in to the San Antonio Creek. The creek meanders 12 miles through the lush mountain meadows and is home to thousands of brown trout. Elk, bear, coyote and mountain bluebirds are often spotted along the banks. Photo @VallesCaldera by National Park Service. #usinterior

Why are the Blue Ridge Mountains blue? The trees growing along the ridgelines produce high levels of a compound call isoprene. The isoprene hovers around the thickly forested mountains like a haze and scatters the different wavelengths of light and the short,…
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Why are the Blue Ridge Mountains blue? The trees growing along the ridgelines produce high levels of a compound call isoprene. The isoprene hovers around the thickly forested mountains like a haze and scatters the different wavelengths of light and the short, small waves of blue dominate our receptors. Of course, the best place to see the effect is while resting or traveling along the #BlueRidge Parkway in #NorthCarolina and #Virginia. With amazing views, hiking trails, waterfalls and wildlife, the mountains might be blue, but you won't feel that way. Photo @BlueRidgeNPS courtesy of Joshua T. Moore (@jtm71) #usinterior

If youre feeling the #summer heat, this picture must look pretty inviting. The waters of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve are clean and cold, running through a complex network of rivers, lakes and groundwater systems. Water rich, the park protects the…
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If you're feeling the #summer heat, this picture must look pretty inviting. The waters of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve are clean and cold, running through a complex network of rivers, lakes and groundwater systems. Water rich, the park protects the headwaters and spawning grounds for some of #Alaska's most abundant salmon runs. The park, including #LakeClark and surrounding lakes and rivers support over two hundred thousand spawning sockeye salmon per year. So you'll have lots of company when you take a swim. But they might decline your invitation to dinner. Photo @LakeClarkNPS by #NationalPark Service. #usinterior

The heart of Yosemite National Park in #California is a beautiful valley ringed with waterfalls and tall granite walls. In our minds, we picture it as a pristine wonderland, but people have been making their homes in #Yosemite for millennia. The Miwok people…
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The heart of Yosemite National Park in #California is a beautiful valley ringed with waterfalls and tall granite walls. In our minds, we picture it as a pristine wonderland, but people have been making their homes in #Yosemite for millennia. The Miwok people lived in harmony with the land for nearly 4,000 years, until campaigns of forced removal began in 1851. The last village was dismantled in 1969. Some descendants of Yosemite's native people live nearby, while others are scattered throughout the world. Reconstructed bark homes and a ceremonial roundhouse help tell their story in the park. Landscapes and people are always intertwined. Photo @YosemiteNPS by Daniel Vrable (www.sharetheexperience.org). #NationalPark #usinterior

Welcome to Paradise. Located on the south side of Mount Rainier National Park in #Washington, the area features stunning scenery, waterfalls and subalpine meadows. The second you reach the parking lot, youre overwhelmed with epic #mountain views. The rolling,…
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Welcome to Paradise. Located on the south side of Mount Rainier National Park in #Washington, the area features stunning scenery, waterfalls and subalpine meadows. The second you reach the parking lot, you're overwhelmed with epic #mountain views. The rolling, verdant mountainside along the Myrtle Falls trail provides plenty of opportunities for photographs and places to pause and process the beauty. At these higher elevations, it's always good to prepare for winter conditions, be flexible with your plans and follow safety measures that the park recommends. Photo @mountrainiernps by Kristopher Schoenleber (www.sharetheexperience.org). #USInterior #RecreateResponsibly

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