Savage Run Wilderness

Steep-sided canyons rest at the lower elevations (around 8,000 feet) of Savage Run Wilderness, which covers about 23 square miles on the west side of the Medicine Bow Range. The United States Congress designated the Savage Run Wilderness in 1978 and it now has a total of 14,927 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Wyoming and is managed by the Forest Service. (more…)

Platte River Wilderness

The United States Congress designated the Platte River Wilderness in 1984 and it now has a total of 23,492 acres. Colorado contains approximately 743 acres. Wyoming contains approximately 22,749 acres. It is managed by the Forest Service. (more…)

North Absaroka Wilderness

Several summits in the North Absaroka Wilderness rise above 10,000 feet with the highest point on Dead Indian Peak at 12,216 feet. The United States Congress designated this a wilderness area in 1964 and it now has a total of 350,488 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Wyoming and is managed by the Forest Service. (more…)

Priorities of Desert Survival

The desert is amongst the most daunting environments to find oneself stranded, and is often perceived as perhaps the most impossible terrain of them all. Yet it is important to remember that we as a species first arose amongst the more arid climates of this earth, and are well suited to adapt and exist there if need be. (more…)

What is conservation of wild life?

Wildlife conservation is the practice of protecting wild plant and animal species and their habitats. Among the goals of wildlife conservation are to ensure that nature will be around for future generations to enjoy and to recognize the importance of wildlife and wilderness lands to humans. (more…)

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Talkington Trail in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

One of the most influential figures in the history of American public lands, Roosevelt’s legacy is recognized at national parks, wildlife refuges, wilderness areas and national forests across the country. Theodore Roosevelt National Park is in the colorful North Dakota badlands. (more…)

Gros Ventre Wilderness

Shoal Falls Loop, Gros Ventre Wilderness

The United States Congress designated the Gros Ventre Wilderness in 1984 and it now has a total of 317,874 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Wyoming and is managed by the Forest Service.

The Gros Ventre Wilderness lies just east of Jackson in western Wyoming.

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Huston Park Wilderness

With approximately 48 square miles of high forested land, Huston Park Wilderness rises beyond 10,500 feet and contains alpine bogs and stands of lodgepole pine, spruce, fir, and aspen, interspersed with open parks and brushy meadows. The streams are small and their water drains into the Little Snake and North Platte Rivers. (more…)

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park is in Maine and was the first national park east of the Mississippi River. Acadia National Park lies in the center of the Wabanaki homeland, which stretches from Newfoundland, Canada, to the Merrimac River valley in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. (more…)

Moosehorn Wilderness

Moosehorn Wilderness Area is an interesting place. It is part of the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, and is broken up into two separate units, one in the Baring Unit and the other in the Edmunds Unit.

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Fitzpatrick Wilderness Area

The United States Congress designated the Fitzpatrick Wilderness in 1976 and it now has a total of 198,525 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Wyoming and is managed by the Forest Service. The Fitzpatrick Wilderness is bordered by the Bridger Wilderness to the southwest. (more…)

Public meeting to hear comments on recreation plans for the eastern Cascades to Columbia River

Cascades Wilderness

The Washington departments of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Natural Resources (DNR) will host a meeting next week in Ellensburg to discuss implementation of the Naneum Ridge to Columbia River Recreation and Access Plan. (more…)

What is wild life?

Wildlife traditionally refers to non-domesticated animal species, but has come to include all plants, fungi and other organisms which grow or live wild in an area without being introduced by humans. (more…)

Leave No Trace Principles

Leave No Trace is about making good decisions to protect the world around you – the world we all enjoy. Do your part to pass our nation’s heritage of outdoor recreation on to future generations in a pristine state. (more…)

Seven items every bug out bag should contain

Building your first Bug Out Bag can seem like a big task. These seven basic types of gear can be a good place to start. (more…)

Inks Lake State Park

Boating at Inks Lake State Park

Inks Lake State Park offers family fun on water and land. With its sparkling blue water, colorful rock outcrops, and striking sunsets, this gem of the Hill Country is just an hour northwest of Austin. (more…)

Explore US Parks online

The U.S. National Park Service preserves 58 national parks, 390 parks, historic sites, memorials, and recreation areas that attract nearly 300 million visitors every year. Our U.S. national parks are repositories of the nation’s biological diversity and contain some of the last ecosystem remnants that are found nowhere else in the world. Explore US Parks Online

Militiamen occupying Malheur wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon

Jan 27, 2016 -The militiamen occupying Malheur wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon have adopted increasingly bold and risky tactics in their protest against the federal government, raising questions about how long law enforcement officials can allow the standoff to continue.

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Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness

The United States Congress designated the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in 1978 and it now has a total of 943,648 acres. Montana contains approximately 920,365 acres. Wyoming contains approximately 23,283 acres. The Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness is located in south central Montana, with a small portion in northern Wyoming, just north of Yellowstone National Park. The Wilderness is home to Montana’s tallest peak, the steep rocky mass known as Granite Peak.
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Bridger Wilderness Area

This rugged piece of the Rocky Mountains, extending for approximately 80 miles along the western slope of the Continental Divide, contains a unique combination of jagged granite rock, alpine forest, and open alpine meadows. All of this wilderness is located in Wyoming and is managed by the Forest Service. The Bridger Wilderness is bordered by the Fitzpatrick Wilderness to the northeast and the Popo Agie Wilderness to the southeast. (more…)

Cloud Peak Wilderness Area

Cloud Peak Wilderness Area was managed as the Cloud Peak Primitive Area as far back as 1932 and runs for 27 miles along the spine of the Big Horn Mountain Range in Wyoming. The United States Congress designated the Cloud Peak Wilderness in 1984 and it now has a total of 189,039 acres. All of this wilderness is managed by the Forest Service. (more…)

Sipsey Wilderness

Sipsey Wilderness waterfall

Sipsey Wilderness Area is located in the William B. Bankhead National Forest of northwestern Alabama. It is the third largest wilderness east of the Mississippi River, with 24,922-acres. Sipsey is the largest and most frequently visited Wilderness area in Alabama and contains dozens of waterfalls. (more…)

Antietam National Battlefield

National Cemetary, Antietam, MD

Antietam National Battlefield is a National Park Service protected area along Antietam Creek in Sharpsburg, Washington County, northwestern Maryland. It commemorates the American Civil War Battle of Antietam that occurred on September 17, 1862.

The area, situated on fields among the Appalachian foothills near the Potomac River, features the battlefield site and visitor center, Antietam  National Military Cemetery, stone arch Burnside’s Bridge, and a field hospital museum. (more…)

Cheaha Wilderness Area

The Cheaha Wilderness is a 7,245-acre property in Talladega National Forest in eastern Alabama. This is in the most elevated region of Alabama with Cheaha Mountain (2,407′ – Alabama’s highest point) nearby. Cheaha Wilderness was first designated by Congress in 1983, then expanded in 1988. (more…)

Washakie Wilderness

Washakie Wilderness is named for Chief Washakie, a historical figure and leader of the Shoshone tribe of Wyoming. In 1972, the Stratified Primitive Area was joined with South Absaroka Wilderness to form the Wilderness area that now bears his name. The United States Congress designated the Washakie Wilderness in 1964 and it now has a total of 704,274 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Wyoming and is managed by the Forest Service. The Washakie Wilderness is bordered by the Teton Wilderness to the west. (more…)

Apache Creek Wilderness

The Apache Creek Wilderness is located in the southeast half of the Santa Maria Mountains in the Prescott National Forest in Arizona.

Rolling hills of juniper and pinion interspersed with granite outcrops characterize this small, remote and relatively rugged wilderness. (more…)

Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness

Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness in Arizona has outstanding scenery, desert fish, wildlife, a rich history and opportunities for primitive recreation.

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Popo Agie Wilderness

United States Congress designated the Popo Agie Wilderness in 1984 and it now has a total of 101,870 acres. This rough land features high, jagged peaks; deep, narrow valleys and canyons; sheer granite walls; cirque basins; talus slopes; and perennial snowfields. All of this wilderness is located in Wyoming and is managed by the Forest Service. (more…)

Jedediah Smith Wilderness

West Slopes of Jedediah Smith Wilderness, Caribou-Targhee National Forest, WY

The Jedediah Smith Wilderness was designated because of the unique karst limestone features, including numerous caves and outstanding scenery. The United States Congress designated the Jedediah Smith Wilderness  in 1984 and it now has a total of 123,451 acres. This wilderness is located on both sides of the Idaho / Wyoming state lines and is managed by the Forest Service.

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Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today applauded President Obama’s action to use his authority under the Antiquities Act to designate the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. (more…)

Agassiz Wilderness Area

Agassiz Wilderness area is home to over 300 bird species and 70 animal species. This wilderness area is inside the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge. Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge is located in northwest Minnesota in Marshall County. (more…)

Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains in Arizona. The park is a haven for desert plants and wildlife and nearly 5,000 saguaros. (more…)

Glacier Bay National Park

From the bottom of the deepest glacial fjord to the summit of its highest peak, Glacier Bay National Park encompasses some of our continent’s most amazing scenery and wildness.

It is a land reborn, a world returning to life, a living lesson in resilience. If ever we needed a place to intrigue and inspire us, this is it.

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Horseshoe Bend National Military Park

Horseshoe Bend National Military Park is the location of a major battle with the Red Stick Creek Indians and General Andrew Jackson’s army along the Tallapoosa River in Alabama, which ended the Creek Indian Wars.

In March 1814, General Jackson’s army left Fort Williams on the Coosa, cut a 52-mile trail through the forest in three days, and on the 26th made camp six miles north of Horseshoe Bend. (more…)

History of Crater Lake National Park

Local Native Americans witnessed the collapse of Mount Mazama and kept the event alive in their legends. One ancient legend of the Klamath people closely parallels the geologic story which emerges from today’s scientific research. (more…)

Mckinney Falls State Park

McKinney Falls State Park is located at the southeastern edge of Austin, Texas, around the confluence of Onion and Williams Creeks. There are two falls in the park, designated the Upper Falls and Lower Falls. (more…)

Wind Cave National Park Video

Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota was the 7th national park established in the United States. The wind cave is the 5th longest cave in the world and the largest maze cave in the world, and sacred to native american tribes. Nearby attractions include Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.

 

Mount Rainier National Park Video

Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State was the third national park to be established in the United States. Mount Rainier, an active volcano, is the most prominent peak in the Cascade Mountains, and it is covered by 26 named glaciers including Carbon Glacier and Emmons Glacier, the largest in the continental United States. (more…)

Yellowstone National Park Video

Yellowstone National Park was the first national park in the United States. Situated in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it is best known for its thermal pools and geysers, and for its vast array of wildlife. (more…)

American Samoa National Park Video

The National Park of American Samoa was our 49th national park. This is the southernmost national park, and it is located on three Samoan islands and protects coral reefs, rainforests, volcanic mountains, and white beaches. (more…)

Acadia National Park Video

Acadia National Park was our 15th national park. It is in Maine and was the first national park east of the Mississippi River. It is the only national park in the New England states. (more…)

Lake Whitney State Park

Lake Whitney  State Park is located in the Grand Prairie subregion of the Blackland Prairie natural region of Texas near Waco. It has open disturbed tallgrass prairie remnants with scattered groves of live oak trees, and a small area of post oak/blackjack oak woodland. (more…)

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

California’s Yosemite National Park welcomes millions of visitors each year—drawn to its dramatic waterfalls, giant sequoias, abundant wildlife, and awe-inspiring cliffs, like Half Dome and El Capitan.

Whether you’re looking for the adventure vacation of a lifetime, want to immerse yourself in the stillness of nature—or simply hike, backpack or ski in one of the most beautiful places on earth, you’ll find your place in Yosemite. (more…)

Redwood National Park

Redwood trees in fog, Redwood National Park

Home of the world’s tallest trees, Redwoods National Park is a  World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve which protects nearly half of the world’s old growth redwoods, including champion specimens more than 370 feet (113 meters) in height—or five stories taller than the Statue of Liberty.

Located in northern Humboldt and throughout the coast of neighboring Del Norte County, three California state parks – Prairie Creek Redwoods (Humboldt County), Del Norte Coast Redwoods & Jedediah Smith Redwoods, (Del Norte County) and Redwood National Park comprise the Redwood National & State Park system. 
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Saint Edward State Park

Saint Edward State Park Forest

In Saint Edward State Park, walks along the undeveloped lake shore are peaceful and give the visitor many opportunities for nature study, including the chance to see bald eagles, otters, and other animals. The park also has two sites suitable for weddings and other special events. (more…)

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake

Crater Lake National Park

Established in 1902, Crater Lake National Park is the fifth oldest national park in the United States and the only national park in Oregon. The park encompasses the caldera of Crater Lake, a remnant of a destroyed volcano, Mount Mazama, and the surrounding hills and forests. This National Park encompasses 183,224 acres (74,148 ha; 286.29 sq mi). (more…)

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park T-shirt

Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to steaming fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Jagged peaks tell the story of its eruptive past while hot water continues to shape the land.

Lassen Volcanic offers opportunities to discover the wonder and mysteries of volcanoes and hot water for visitors willing to explore the undiscovered. (more…)

What is the goal of wildlife conservation?

Wildlife conservation

The goals of wildlife conservation are to ensure that nature will be around for future generations to enjoy and to recognize the importance of wildlife and wilderness lands to humans. (more…)

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia Trees, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known as the Land of Giants for its huge sequoia trees. Located in one of the finest and wildest areas of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California, you can experience a spectacular range in elevation from warm foothills to cold alpine peaks.
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Alamo Lake State Park

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Nestled in the Bill Williams River Valley, Alamo Lake State Park is one of Arizona’s best kept secrets. The stark desert beauty is reflected off the water where cacti dot the mountainous landscapes that surround the lake. It is one of the best places to fish for bass in Arizona. (more…)