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U.S. Department of the Interior  Protecting America’s Great Outdoors and Powering Our Future. This is the official account for the Department.

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Just as the sunlight fades over #MountRainier National Park (@mountrainiernps) in #Washington each night, so will winter transition into spring. Soon, only an icy cap will remain on the iconic peak while the forests and meadows burst forth in color and life. Start planning your trip now to see the wildflowers bloom in the summer months. Photo by #NationalPark Service. #usinterior #findyourpark

Taking its name from one of the longest living trees in the #Arizona desert, the 129,000-acre Ironwood Forest National Monument is a true #SonoranDesert showcase. Keeping company with the ironwood trees are mesquite, palo verde, creosote, and #saguaro -- blanketing the monument floor beneath rugged mountain ranges named Silver Bell, Waterman and Sawtooth. In between, desert valleys lay quietly to complete the setting. The national monument also contains habitat for the cactus ferruginous pygmy owl and desert bighorn sheep dwelling, which makes hiking, wildlife watching and photography favorite activities in this desert jewel. Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands. #usinterior 🌵🌵

Captivating colors light up the #desert sky at Arches #NationalPark (@archesnps) in #Utah . Many trails lead to the park’s iconic stone #arches , including a gentle, one-mile roundtrip hike to this exceptional view of Turret Arch from the North Window. Although this spot is famous for sunrise, #sunsets are equally beautiful. Photo courtesy of Manish Mamtani (@mmamtani). #usinterior #findyourpark

Happy #NationalPuppyDay ! 🐶 Did you know that dogs aren’t the only animals with pups? Other species, like the fox, have young that are also called pups. In the spring, a mother fox gives birth to a litter of 2-12 pups (also called kits). When the pups are about seven months old, they’re ready to strike out on their own. By winter the pup will find a mate and will stay with that mate for the rest of their life. Photo of a red fox at Great Swamp National #WildlifeRefuge in #NewJersey by Ashleigh Scully (@ascullyphoto) via U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (@usfws).

It might be spring, but we can’t wait to enjoy the breathtaking sunsets at #Yosemite National Park’s #TuolumneMeadows . Here at one of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada, visitors can see the Tuolumne River meandering quietly through its meadow channel against a backdrop of rugged mountain peaks and glacially carved domes. The area @yosemitenps is currently closed to cars for snow and reopens in the summer. Photo by #NationalPark Service. #findyourpark #usinterior

If you think the colorful landscape of John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in #Oregon is interesting, just wait until you see what’s hidden among the unique rock formations. The erosion that created the #paintedhills and deep ravines also revealed one of the longest records of evolutionary change on the continent. On the park’s 14,000 acres, scientists have uncovered #fossils of plants and animals dating back from 5 million to 44 million years old. If each time period recorded here is a page in a book, #JohnDay #FossilBeds holds an entire chapter of Earth’s history. Photo by Lucie Jiraskova (www.sharetheexperience.org). #findyourpark #usinterior

Remember to look up when walking in a #forest of #redwoods ! Redwood State and National Parks (@redwoodnps) is home to the tallest #trees on Earth, which can reach heights of more than 300 feet, or nearly 28 stories. Stroll among these #California giants, as well as vast prairies, oak woodlands, wild riverways and nearly 40 miles of rugged coastline. Photo courtesy of Andy Best (@andy_best). #usinterior #findyourpark 🌲🌲

Check out this peaceful scene at Table Rock #Wilderness in #Oregon for International Day of Forests 🌲. See old growth Douglas fir and western hemlock along four terrific trails as you #hike up to the “fortress” of #TableRock . Breathe in the rich, #forest air and remember the poem by Robert Frost, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep. And miles to go before I sleep.” Photo by Bureau of Land Management - Oregon (@mypubliclands). #mypubliclands #usinterior

I spy ... The eastern screech #owl is a master of disguise. You better have a sharp eye to spot these little birds of prey, which generally nest in tree cavities. The eastern screech owl looks like a miniature great horned owl and has a wingspan of 1½ - 2 feet. This photo was taken at #Georgia’s Okefenokee National #WildlifeRefuge , which serves as a breeding ground for migratory birds and other animals. Photo by Graham McGeorge (www.sharetheexperience.org). #usinterior

Happy first day of #Spring ! Let’s welcome the season with a blanket of wildflowers at Carrizo Plain National Monument in #California . Only a few hours from Los Angeles, #CarrizoPlain offers visitors a chance to be alone with nature. Prominent features of the monument include the white alkali flats of Soda Lake, vast open grasslands and a broad plain rimmed by mountains. When conditions are right, numerous #wildflowers can carpet the valley floor, creating a beautiful, but temporary landscape of color. Photo by Curtis Kautzer (www.sharetheexperience.org). @mypubliclands #usinterior

#DeathValley #NationalPark is famous for its spectacular spring wildflower displays. While the intensity of the bloom varies greatly from year to year, flowers are never totally absent. This year, #wildflowers are generally sparse along popular scenic routes, but intrepid photographers like Michael Hardridge are finding desert sand verbena blooming at @deathvalleynps Ibex Dunes, a remote area that requires a 4-wheel drive vehicle and good route finding skills. For exceptional wildflowers this year, head to other southern #California public lands like Mojave Trails National Monument, Joshua Tree and North Algodones Dunes Wilderness. Sunset photo taken on March 4 courtesy of Michael Hardridge (@michaelhardridge). #trackthebloom #usinterior #findyourpark

A lavender sunrise reveals the marbled and cracked surface of #DreamLake at #RockyMountain #NationalPark in #Colorado . If not for the chill, this would be the most beautiful floor in the world. Photo @rockynps courtesy of Eric Schuette (@ericschuettephotography). #findyourpark #usinterior

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