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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.

Half of the park is after dark, and nowhere is that more true than #GreatBasin National Park. Low humidity and minimal light pollution combined with the park’s high elevation provide park goers a unique window into our galaxy. On a clear, moonless night, you can see thousands of stars, five of our solar system's eight planets, star clusters, meteors, man-made satellites, the Andromeda Galaxy and the #MilkyWay with the naked eye. Bristlecone pines -- some that were saplings when light left distant stars thousands of years ago -- are a unique place for stargazing. No matter where you choose to stargaze, be sure to bring extra layers as nights in the mountains can be cool at this #Nevada park. Photo by #NationalPark Service. #usinterior #findyourpark #travel

Here’s a look into the future at #Wrangell-St.Elias National Park and Preserve in #Alaska. Green hillsides and summer showers are still months away at our country’s largest national park, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of endless mountain views under the midnight sun. If this doesn’t inspire you to start planning your trip, we don’t know what will. Photo @wrangellstenps by Neal Herbert, #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior

Have you ever been driving somewhere and just need to stop the car to enjoy the view? This was one of those moments for Bart Blachnio at #MountRainier National Park. Bart and his friends were driving through this #Washington park during a short road trip in the Pacific Northwest when they came upon this amazing winding road. “The lines, the curves, the mountains … it was hard not to get drawn into the scene,” he says. “I always enjoy small moments like these while on vacation.” Photo @mountrainiernps courtesy of Bart Blachnio (@BartBlachnio). #usinterior #findyourpark #travel #nationalpark #pnw

With towering cliffs, flowing water and a rich diversity of flora and fauna, #AravaipaCanyon #Wilderness remains one of #Arizona ’s truly unique areas. Its 19,410 acres of designated wilderness beckons adventurers who yearn for solitude and scenic splendor. #Aravaipa Creek flows year-round, an unusual phenomenon in the desert. Nurtured by this abundant water, sycamore, ash, cottonwood and willow trees flourish along the stream and the spring #wildflower blooms can be beautiful. Photo by Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior

The #SnakeRiver winds through Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area in #Idaho. Visitors come for the scenic and wildlife viewing, and stay for the starry skies. The area is home to the greatest concentration of nesting birds of prey in North America. Some 800 pairs of eagles, hawks and falcons come each spring to mate and raise their young. As day turns to night, the sky lights up with thousands of stars. The area is “nature in the rough,” with few public facilities, so come prepared for adventure and solitude. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands). #usinterior #travel #milkyway

The sun sinks behind the horizon, coloring the sky a bright orange before night falls in South #Florida. #BigCypress National Preserve protects 729,000 acres of unique freshwater swamp, offering refuge to a wide variety of plants and animals. From hardwood hammocks hiding rare Florida panthers to tidal estuaries teeming with birds and fish, there is so much to see in this wonderful place. Photo @bigcypressnps by #NationalPark Service. #FindYourPark #usinterior

#NationalPark Week kicks off April 21, and we’re celebrating with free entrance to all national parks on Saturday. We hope you’ll get out there and #FindYourPark! Photo of #Badlands National Park in #SouthDakota by Harlan Humphrey ( #usinterior #travel

A maze of meandering bayous and rippling marshes, #Sabine National #WildlifeRefuge in #Louisiana occupies over 125,000 acres of waters and #wetlands. Providing habitat for an impressive variety of birds, the refuge is also a vibrant nursery to shrimp, blue crab and numerous fish species. Boardwalks and hiking paths allow visitors to explore the area. On sunny days, it’s common to see alligators resting by the water. Photo by Colleen Stringer ( @usfws #usinterior

It’s International Dark Sky Week, and we’re celebrating some of the public lands that are awesome stargazing destinations. Some of the last harbors of dark skies, public lands provide unspoiled views of the stars glittering above. Named the first International Dark Sky Park in 2007, Natural Bridges National Monument in #Utah contains three beautiful natural bridges. At night, the bridges form a window into the sky, giving visitors a view of thousands of stars that are bright enough to cast a shadow. Visitors here can see up to 15,000 stars throughout the night. Photo of the #MilkyWay and Owachomo Bridge by Manish Mamtani ( #usinterior #findyourpark #travel #nationalpark

#CraterLake National Park in #Oregon is not only one of the most beautiful places in the country but also one of the snowiest. Park staff work hard to keep the road to the Rim Village open year round, but all of Rim Drive won’t be open for months. Free guided snowshoe walks will continue through the end of April and cross country skis are recommended for those who want to explore the park off plowed roads. With views like this, how can you not want to see more? Photo by Eric Valentine ( #usinterior #findyourpark #travel #nationalpark

Far from the sights and sounds of civilization is the rugged, isolated island of #IsleRoyale National Park in #Michigan. Surrounded by #LakeSuperior, Isle Royale offers unparalleled solitude and adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, kayakers, canoeists and scuba divers. Here, amid stunning scenic beauty, you'll discover a new world and make memories that last a lifetime. Photo courtesy of Carl TerHaar. #PureMichigan #usinterior #findyourpark #travel #nationalpark

It’s the best time of year! The first baby #bison of spring was recently spotted at #WindCave National Park in #SouthDakota. Calves are orange-red in color, earning them the nickname “red dogs.” They can walk within 3 hours of birth, and before long, nursery groups of calves will romp around together, never far from their mothers’ watchful eyes. Photo @windcavenps by #NationalPark Service. #cuteanimals #FindYourPark #usinterior

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