usinterior Amazing #winter shot of Great Sand Dunes #NationalPark and Preserve in #Colorado. David Paul Davie took captured this shot of dark clouds rolling over the park's main dunefield, which covers approximately 30 square miles. #GreatSandDunes is home to a diverse landscape of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes and tundra -- not to mention the tallest dunes in North America.

Photo courtesy of David Paul Davie.
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usinterior Big news: The rare #SierraNevada red fox was recently spotted in #Yosemite National Park in #California. The confirmed sighting, which was captured with a remote motion-sensitive camera, is the first time this species of fox has been seen in @Yosemitenps in nearly 100 years. The Sierra Nevada #redfox of California is one of the rarest mammals in North America, likely consisting of fewer than 50 individuals. #NationalPark Service photo. 8h

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usinterior Check out this cool timelapse video of clouds rolling into the #GrandCanyon National Park, creating a total cloud #inversion. Shot from Hopi Point on the #SouthRim of @grandcanyonnps, the video shows the clouds rolling in the canyon over a 30-minute period from two different vantage points. Video by M. Quinn, #NationalPark Service. 20h

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usinterior Today, visitors to the #GrandCanyon National Park (@grandcanyonnps) in #Arizona got to see this stunning sight. This #weather phenomenon is called a total cloud inversion, and it happens when the air near the ground is cooler than the air above it, creating a sea of clouds. While typically a rare event, this is the second cloud inversion at the Grand Canyon in six weeks. Pictured here is the #SouthRim's "Battleship," which truly looked like a ship today, cutting through the waves. Photo by M. Quinn, #NationalPark Service. 1d

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usinterior Brrr! Earlier this week, temperatures reached -26 degrees F at #Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve in #Alaska. But this beautiful #winter #sunrise made the frigid temperatures worthwhile. #NationalPark Service photo. 1d

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usinterior A gorgeous #winter scene at #JoshuaTree #NationalPark in #California. Juan Moreno (@che_1984) took this image of snow covering Hidden Valley @joshuatreenps on New Year's eve.

Photo courtesy of @che_1984.
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usinterior Acadia #NationalPark in #Maine is gorgeous at night! If you can brave the cold (and snow the park is getting right now), winter is a great time to visit the park. From scenic winter drives and hiking to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, there is something for everyone.
Photo of the stars over #Acadia from late last week by Connor McNulty (@connormcnulty).
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usinterior Spotted: The first baby owl of the year at #Nisqually National #WildlifeRefuge in #Washington. Situated between Olympia and Seattle, Nisqually Wildlife Refuge (@usfws) is famous for the more than 275 migratory bird species that use the refuge for migration, wintering or breeding. Photo an owlet by Louise Whitehead. 3d

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usinterior Happy 100th birthday, #RockyMountain #NationalPark! On this day in 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed a law that established @RockyNPS in #Colorado. Today, the park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. Visitors can experience the subalpine and alpine worlds on Trail Ridge Road and enjoy more than 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers, wildlife and starry nights.
Photo of #sunrise at the park's Bear Lake by Ric Cederhold (www.sharetheexperience.org).
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usinterior Today, the Obama Administration moved to protect the Arctic National #WildlifeRefuge, releasing a conservation plan and calling on Congress to designate core areas of the refuge -- including its Coastal Plain -- as wilderness, the highest level of protection available to #publiclands.

The 19.8 million acre #Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in #Alaska is widely considered one of the most spectacular and remote areas in the world. It is home to the most diverse wildlife in the arctic, from caribou and polar bears to gray wolves and muskoxen. Lagoons, beaches, saltmarshes, tundra and forests make up the remote and undisturbed wild area that spans five distinct ecological regions, and the refuge holds special meaning to Alaska Natives -- having sustained their lives and culture for thousands of years. Visit www.DOI.gov to learn more.
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usinterior Zabriskie Point is one of the best places to watch the sunrise and sunset at #DeathValley #NationalPark. Surrounded by a maze of wildly eroded and vibrantly colored badlands, this spectacular view is one of the park’s most famous. Photo by Mahendiran Mohan (www.sharetheexperience.org). 5d

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usinterior Just two hours from Phoenix, #Arizona, the North #Maricopa Mountain Wilderness Area offers outstanding opportunities for solitude and primitive recreation. This 63,200-acre wilderness includes part of the #MaricopaMountains, a low-elevation Sonoran Desert range and extensive surrounding desert plains. Saguaro cactuses, desert bighorn sheep and tortoises can all be found in the area. Photo of the #MilkyWay and saguaros by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands. 6d

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usinterior Located in the Gulf of Mexico on #Florida's barrier island Sanibel, the J.N. "Ding" Darling National #WildlifeRefuge (@USFWS) is part of the largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystem in the United States. The refuge is world famous for its spectacular migratory bird populations -- providing an important habitat to over 230 species of birds. The best months to visit for birding are December through March during low tide when the birds are feeding on the exposed mud flats.

#Sunset photo by Al Hoffacker.
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usinterior No two miles of #Olympic #NationalPark's Pacific coastline are alike. From beaches to cliffs plunging into the sea, Olympic's 73 miles of #Washington coastline is a must see when visiting the park. Hudson Henry (@hudson.henry) took this photo of the #MilkyWay and wave-battered rock outcroppings -- called sea stacks -- from the park's southern coast.
Photo courtesy of @hudson.henry.
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usinterior A fresh coat of snow blankets #Denali #NationalPark in #Alaska, creating this beautiful image of the park. Daniel A. Leifheit (@danleifheit) took this photo of #MountMcKinley -- the tallest peak in North America -- just after a snowstorm.
Photo courtesy of @danleifheit.
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usinterior An amazing shot of a foggy morning at #Colorado #NationalMonument -- a place full of towering monoliths surrounded by a vast plateau and canyon. It took photographer Greg Owens a year and a half to capture a good image from this spot near the Monument Canyon turnout. But "on this particular December morning, I felt like a six-year-old unwrapping Christmas presents as I watched this fog roll in from the north just after #sunrise," he said.
Photo courtesy of Greg Owens.
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usinterior Here's a seriously cute photo to start your day: A monk seal watches a baby turtle crawl on the beach at Papahānaumokuākea Marine #NationalMonument. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, #Papahānaumokuākea encompasses 139,797 square miles of the Pacific Ocean -- including the Hawaiian Islands National #WildlifeRefuge and Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (@USFWS). Many of the islands and shallow water environments are important habitats for rare species such as the threatened green sea turtle and the endangered Hawaiian monk seal. Photo by Mark Sully. 1w

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usinterior A stunning #winter shot of #GrandTeton National Park (@grandtetonnps) in #Wyoming at night. Photo of Cottonwood Creek during the early morning hours by James Shoemaker. 1w

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usinterior Located on the Colorado Plateau in northern #Arizona, the Vermilion Cliffs #NationalMonument includes a variety of diverse landscapes -- from the Paria Plateau and #VermilionCliffs to the Coyote Buttes and Paria Canyon. This remote and unspoiled 280,000-acre Monument -- a part of @mypubliclands' National #Conservation Lands -- is a geologic treasure with towering cliffs and deep canyons. The colorful swirls of cross-bedded sandstone in Coyote Buttes, which include The Wave pictured here, are an international hiking destination.
Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands.
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usinterior Today we celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLK dedicated his life to improving the world, and his legacy has inspired many to continue to make the world a better place through a national day of service (@nationalservice). Happy #MLKDay!

Photo of Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC, by #NationalPark Service.
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