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Capitol Reef National Park

Get away from the crowd and venture into the amazing solitude of in . Marked hiking routes lead into narrow, twisting gorges, slot canyons and to spectacular viewpoints high atop the Waterpocket Fold. Water, wind and gravity have shaped Cathedral Valley's free-standing monoliths, or temples, out of the soft reddish-orange sandstone, leaving visitors feeling like they’ve stumbled onto an alien planet. Enjoy the beauty, but remember to take plenty of water and Leave No Trace. Photo @CapitolReefNPS by Dan Mitler (

Feel the warm glow of the setting sun as waves kiss the shore at Point Reyes National Seashore in . There are so many inspiring overlooks and beautiful places to discover on America's public lands. A soothing coastline view can allow us to take a deep breath and break from our chaotic schedules. Photo of @pointreyesnps by Max Foster (

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge

A kaleidoscopic sunset splashes across the sky and over the sagebrush sea at Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge in . At 8,100 to 8,700 feet above sea level, it’s the highest refuge in the lower 48 states. The refuge supports diverse wildlife habitats, including sagebrush steppe uplands, grassland meadows, willow riparian areas, and wetlands. Visitors can experience hiking, wildlife observation and photography, an auto-tour, and hunting and fishing opportunities. Over 200 bird species have been documented on the refuge, in addition to elk, moose, pronghorn, and porcupines. Photo by Tom Koerner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (@USFWS).

Grand Canyon National Park

Here’s another impressive view of National Park in . Point Imperial, the highest point on the North Rim at 8,803 feet, overlooks the Painted Desert and the eastern end of the park. Accessible via a winding scenic drive, visitors can park at a pullout and take a short walk to this inspiring scene. With smaller crowds and wide panoramas, it’s easy to see why many people consider the North Rim a special retreat. Photo @GrandCanyonNPS by Service.

Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge

Steep hillsides and stunning overlooks surround the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge on Kaua‘i’s north shore shows off the Hanalei River Valley in . Scenic and vibrant green, the wetlands and river valley have a backdrop of mountain views. The was created to provide over 900 acres of vital habitat for rare and endangered birds such as the Hawaiian stilt, coot, gallinule and duck. Photo by Timothy Burton (

Shenandoah National Park

Summer is a great time to visit in . Walking through wildflower meadows, listening to birdsong in lush forests, feeling the cool spray of rushing waterfalls and finding peace as you look out over an amazing mountain view. It’s all within easy reach of the park’s numerous trails and the famous Skyline Drive. With a little luck, you might see some really cool wildlife. With a little planning, you can see a gorgeous . Photo @ShenandoahNPS by Mary Staub (

One of Interior’s nine bureaus, the Bureau of Land Management was established on July 16, 1946, when the General Land Office and the U.S. Grazing Service were merged. More than 70 years later, the remains a small agency with a big job - managing public lands for multiple-uses like recreation and natural resource development on more than 245 million acres of public land. From working with family ranchers to big business, protecting untrammeled wilderness and wildlife habitat, and providing visitors with epic adventures in stunning settings, 10,000 passionate employees work hard every day for the benefit of present and future generations. Photo of the South Fork of the Snake River in by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands).

Denali National Park & Preserve

Denali -- the tallest mountain in North America -- stands like an intimidating fortress reaching into the clouds. Denali National Park and Preserve was set aside over 100 years ago to protect wildlife, preserve history and provide for public enjoyment. As you travel through this unique landscape, be inspired and free, but remember the actions of a few can impact the experience of many. Respect the plants and animals that call home, and take responsibility for their continued protection by following Leave No Trace principles. Photo @DenaliNPS by Tim Rains, Service.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Unlike any other place on , Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches, hike nearly 100 miles of trails, view towering sandstone cliffs and experience the serenity of northern woodlands. The multicolored cliffs that give the park its name rise 200 feet above the lake’s turquoise waters in some places. It’s a great place for a summer adventure. Photo @picturedrocksnps by Sonja Saxe (

Bryce Canyon National Park

You can visit in a hundred times and still find something new and interesting. This mysterious landscape of hoodoos and twisting trails glows orange in the light while the shadows stretch out like reaching fingers. Looking at these delicate carvings, it’s difficult to believe that all this was done by wind, water and time, and one day, the same forces that created it will wipe it all away. Photo @BryceCanyonnps_gov by Rodney Preisch (

Rocky Mountain National Park

Dawn breaks and you can almost smell the fresh mountain air by Sprague Lake at Rocky Mountain in . One of the shortest and most enjoyable day-hikes the park offers, a stroll around Sprague Lake is sure to reinvigorate and lift the spirit. Photo @RockyNPS by Nathaniel Gonzales (

Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge

The sunrise at Upper Klamath National Wildlife Refuge in prompts birds to fill the morning air with their songs and calls. Upper offers great opportunities to see many species of waterfowl and colonial nesting birds in their native habitats, and is known among anglers for its rainbow trout. Whether you’re viewing wildlife, fishing or both, a nice way to explore this refuge is via the 🛶 Canoe Trail, a waterway that winds 9.5 miles through this scenic freshwater marsh. Photo by Doug Lester, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (@USFWS).

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