America's Great Outdoors
Photos from America's public lands. A project of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
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Baby fox kisses = mood improved馃搱
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware protects one of the largest remaining expanses of tidal salt marsh in the mid-Atlantic region and provides excellent habitat for a terrific variety of wildlife. The refuge is home to eagles, hawks, ducks, geese, and litters of cute baby fox or kits.
Dependent on their mothers through the spring and summer, fox kits will become independent in autumn. With excellent hearing, quick reflexes and sharp wits, it won鈥檛 be long before these little fuzzies turn into skilled hunters.
Photo by Maria Khvan ( Photo description: Two fox kits touch noses in a field of grass.
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americasgreatoutdoorsa day ago
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Bears Ears National Monument in Utah is a vital landscape to many Tribal Nations.
Filled with thousands of important cultural sites such as rock art and ancient cliff dwellings, this sacred place will be protected for future generations to come.
Photo by Dustin Baugh ( Photo description: A window of an old cliff-side pueblo ruins on top of an overlook. The valley below is filled with trees and mesas in the distance.
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americasgreatoutdoors2 days ago
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Is this an:
A. Scene from a fairytale
B. A movie set
C. Not real
D. Rock Creek Park
It鈥檚 D!
Rock Creek Park is an oasis within the city. 聽
This idyllic setting offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC and is a peaceful refuge to explore, hike, bird watch, and reconnect with nature.
Photo by Grace Hassler (
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americasgreatoutdoors3 days ago
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A surprising landscape in southwestern Wyoming, Boar鈥檚 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鈥檚 a distinct landmark for anyone, or anything, travelling through this area.
Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands. Photo description: Rolling hills of sand dunes covered in wind swept ripples. In the distance a chimney shaped rock formation.聽
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americasgreatoutdoors4 days ago
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Hidden gem alert!聽聽
The @mypubliclands Meadowood Special Recreation Management Area in Virginia is an autumn wonderland. 聽聽 Red and white oak, beech, sweet gum, Virginia pine, and persimmon, which are common sights in mid-Atlantic woodlands, appear throughout the forests at Meadowood. The ponds, streams and riparian areas host a wide variety of insects, fish, and other wildlife. Despite its small size (800 acres), this little-known spot has miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Photo by BLM. Photo description: A curved trail meanders through a brightly colored forest with orange, red, and yellow-colored leaves.
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americasgreatoutdoors6 days ago
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Need a post-Thanksgiving dinner stretch? After a big meal, there's nothing like adventuring outside to watch a sunset, hike, or even ski and snowshoe.
#TeamPublicLands, today's a great day to #OptOutside! Chances are, there鈥檚 a park, wildlife refuge, or other public lands a short drive away. With varying visitors and staffing on public lands this time of year, make sure you plan ahead and prepare. We've got some great suggestions for places you can relax in nature.
Photo of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by Brandon Yoshizawa ( Photo description: Fog rolls over the mountains and down into a valley. The sun sets in the distance.
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americasgreatoutdoors7 days ago
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Turkeys are handsome. End of sentence. We will not be taking any comments on our response at this time. We said, what we said. They. Are. Handsome.
We would also like to say Happy Thanksgiving. We hope it鈥檚 filled with family, friends, nature, and three handsome turkeys.
Photo by Dawn Parson ( Photo description: Three turkeys stand in a row with their feather puffed out.
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americasgreatoutdoors8 days ago
It's been almost two months since the new eruption of the K墨lauea summit caldera at Hawai鈥檌 Volcanoes National Park. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), lava continues to erupt from a single vent in the western wall of Halema驶uma驶u crater.
7.1 billion gallons of lava have erupted thus far, and the lava lake has risen 195 feet.
While K墨lauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, it is also a sacred landscape. Your visit can be more meaningful by learning about some of the deep connections with Native Hawaiian culture.
Video description: Orange reddish hot lava pours from a vent in the earth. It cascades into a pool of lava while occasionally splashing and splattering the surrounding area.
Video by J.Wei, National Park Service
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americasgreatoutdoors10 days ago
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#TeamPublicLands, it鈥檚 going to be a busy Thanksgiving at many National Park Service sites.
"Know Before You Go" on your holiday adventure. Make sure to check park websites prior to arrival 鈥 reservations may be needed to enter because of crowding.
Photo of Zion National Park by Laura Molinaro. Photo description: A large rock butte is surrounded by pine trees and fall colored vegetation.
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americasgreatoutdoors12 days ago
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There are two types of people in this world:
Those who think this photo is magical and those who think this photo is spooky.
Which one are you?
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on the Pennsylvania-New Jersey border features almost 70,000 acres of forested mountains, picturesque valleys and fertile floodplains. 聽
A popular destination all year long, the fall provides misty morning reds, oranges, and yellows to brighten the season.
Photo by Rakesh Goswami. Photo description: A misty lake is surrounded by fall colored trees.
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americasgreatoutdoors13 days ago
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For many animals, fall is a time for migration. Within the last few weeks at Grand Teton National Park, five bison, one elk, one pronghorn, and additional wildlife were all struck and killed by vehicles in the park.
Slowing down saves lives. #TeamPublicLands
Photo of a grizzly bear crossing the road at Grant Teton National Park, by Adams, NPS. Photo description:聽A large brown bear crosses a road.
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americasgreatoutdoors14 days ago
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Question: Does fall in Arkansas rhyme? It does, right?
The ancient thermal springs, mountain views, incredible geology, forested hikes, and abundant creeks 鈥攁ll in the middle of town 鈥攎ake Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas a unique and beautiful destination, especially during the fall.
Photo by Kathy Robicheaux. Photo description:聽 Fall colored trees surround a rocky creek covered in fallen leaves.
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americasgreatoutdoors15 days ago
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Ahhhhh nature. It鈥檚 so healing, right?
With towering cliffs, flowing water and a rich diversity of flora and fauna, Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness remains one of Arizona's truly unique areas. Seven species of native desert fish, desert bighorn sheep, and over 200 species of birds live among shady cottonwoods along the perennial waters of Aravaipa Creek.
Photo by Bob Wick, BLM. Photo description: A tall saguaro cactus and two smaller barrel-shaped cacti rise up out of a desert canyon. The cactus are surrounded by steep canyon walls on both sides.
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americasgreatoutdoors17 days ago
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One of the rarest birds in North America is back at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge! These "snowbirds" have traveled to Texas to spend the winter and escape the cold. Once on the brink of extinction, this success story is a symbol of American conservation work and policies. It's understandable that these majestic birds would be one of the first species to gain federal protection in 1967 under the Endangered Species Preservation Act, a precursor to today's Endangered Species Act. Never an abundant species, the total population had dwindled, due to hunting pressures and habitat loss, to a low of 16 birds in 1941. With the hard work of Interior agencies like @usfws and the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as Tribal nations, states, and private organizations, the population of 鈥渨hoopers鈥 as they are sometimes called, is now up over 800 birds. Endangered species recovery is complex and difficult work, often requiring substantial time and resources. Just as the decline of species occurs over the course of years and decades, it takes time and solid cooperation of partners to bring them back. Photo by Gabriel Luebben ( Photo description: A large white and black colored bird raises its head to the sky and calls out.
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americasgreatoutdoors18 days ago
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The @usfws Kofa National Wildlife Refuge is the second largest wilderness area in Arizona. Conservationists saw a decline in desert bighorn sheep, so in 1939, a campaign by the Arizona Boy Scouts helped establish the refuge to protect desert bighorns and other wildlife. Photo by Cliff LaPlant ( Photo description: A single cactus is perched on the ridgeline of a tall rocky set of mountains. The sun sets over the barren desert valley in the distance.
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americasgreatoutdoors19 days ago
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Take in the views of the @mypubliclands Conway Summit Area of Critical Environmental Concern, a destination for aspen viewers in the fall as the trees turn brilliant shades of yellow and orange against the backdrop of the Sierra.聽
In addition to offering spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada range, you can also take in vistas of Mono Lake. The summit is traversed by U.S. Highway 395, which connects Bridgeport and the East Walker River on the north side of the pass to Mono Lake and Lee Vining to the south. Photo by Jesse Pluim, BLM. Photo description: A large valley with snowy mountains in the distance, is mostly sparse and empty, except a tiny stream that is lined with fall-colored trees. A large boulder covered in lichen sits on a hill above the valley.
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americasgreatoutdoors19 days ago
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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is the only @usfws refuge created specifically for the protection of the rare #Florida manatee. November to March are the best times to find these gentle and slow-moving mammals at the refuge. With more than 70 springs, Crystal River and Kings Bay is the largest natural winter refuge for manatees in the world, hosting over 550 manatees each winter. Scientists work cooperatively with federal and state biologists and managers on research identified as essential for the recovery of this incredible sea cow species. Photo by Eric Fisher ( Photo description: A large grey manatee, surrounded by several fish, floats in crystal clear water.
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