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A Tree for the Holidays from Your National Forests
Brought to You, By You
A tree-cutting tradition creates lifetime memories
Pearl Harbor Historic Sites
Four unique destinations. One amazing experience
Avalanche Safety Tips
The most imporatant item on your backcountry checklist
January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
With January designated as "Learn To Ski and Snowboard Month" and 122 ski areas located on National Forest land across the U.S., it would be hard not to plan a snowy getaway this winter.
Spotlight: Share the Experience 2013
2013 Weekly Winners
Spotlight: Snow Play at Mt. Rainier National Park
A winter getaway in the shadow of Washington’s tallest volcanic peak
Spotlight: Experience Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges
National Wildlife Refuges offer exceptional hunting opportunities for all
Spotlight: The Gettysburg Address
Sesquicentennial of the Gettysburg Address, November 19-23, 2013
Spotlight: Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week − October 13-19, 2013
Butterflies, birds and bears—a special time to visit your National Wildlife Refuges!
Pony Express National Historic Trail
The Pony Express National Historic Trail symbolizes the spirit of the American West.
Spotlight: Iowa’s Coralville Lake
A Midwestern gem offering countless opportunities for discovery and fun!
Spotlight: Safety During Hunting Season
Both hunters and non-hunters alike can safely share the great outdoors.
Spotlight: Cabrillo National Monument
Catch sight of a whale, discover life in tidepools and celebrate five centuries of history-- just minutes from downtown San Diego!
Spotlight: King Range National Conservation Area
Discover California’s Lost Coast: black-sand beaches, steep and rugged mountains, and incredibly scenic vistas!
Spotlight: Up Steep Creek—Return of the Sockeye
View the spawning grounds on the live web cam or visit the Tongass National Forest
Spotlight: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
The Tetons are among the most stunning mountain ranges in the world and there's no better way to experience the park than camping overnight.
Spotlight: The 2013 National Marine Sanctuary Classic
The Sanctuary Classic fishing photo contest is back and better than ever!
Spotlight: Colorado Peaks – Soaring to Great Heights
The southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado inspire and beckon the ascent
Spotlight: Independence National Historical Park
Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia is home to Independence Hall, where the words of the Declaration of Independence still echo.
Spotlight: Pompeys Pillar National Monument and Clark Days
Experience the view Captain William Clark witnessed more than 200 years ago.
Spotlight: Reach New Heights at Timberline Lodge
A National Historic Landmark in the Mt. Hood National Forest
Spotlight: Rend Lake, A Southern Illinois Recreation Area and Resort
Rend Lake, one of the largest lakes in Illinois with more than 18,000 acres of water and 20,000 acres of parkland, an ideal setting to rejuvenate and engage in water sports, hiking or bicycling.
Spotlight: Stanislaus River Parks
Stroll across the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi into California's golden history.
National Fishing and Boating Week
"The mark of a successful man is one that has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it." —Unknown
Spotlight: Ocoee Whitewater Center, Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee
Surround yourself with natural beauty, adventure, history and outdoor fun in this southern mountain recreation destination.
Explore Your America with the Recreation.gov iPhone App
Recreation.gov has a iPhone mobile app. This on-the-go app can help you find the perfect campsite wherever you’re traveling!
Spotlight: Alaska’s Recreation Cabins
Rustic charm and beauty! More than 180 public-use recreation cabins are scattered throughout the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska and the Chugach National Forest in south central Alaska.
Spotlight: Chimney Rock National Monument
Visit one of the United States newest National Monuments
Safety: National Safe Boating Week
The year-round effort focusing on spreading the message of boating safety, encouraging boater education and helping to save lives kicks off each year with National Safe Boating Week.
Spotlight: Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary on the Mississippi Flyway near Saint Louis
A special place for all bird watchers
Safety: Quickly Changing Weather
As temperatures rise and snow recedes from our favorite outdoor places, the landscape springs to life with active wildlife, fields of flowers and severe weather.
Spotlight: Mesa Verde National Park
Spotlight: Carrizo Plain National Monument
A glistening bed of white salt set within a vast open grassland and rimmed by mountains.
Share the Experience Photo Contest Comes to an Amazing Close
Share photos of your favorite activities and adventures on federal lands across America's Great Outdoors and have a chance to win the $15,000 grand prize.
Take an Overnight Bicycle Trip
You love camping. You love riding your bike. You’re dying to go on a little adventure. Why not go on a bike overnight?
Food Foraging: The Acorn
You may remember collecting acorns as a kid and using them as ammunition against your siblings. But these little nuts are part of an edible American heritage...and some consider them to be a foraging delicacy today.
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
One of the world’s largest known natural bridges.
Spotlight: National Monument to the Forefathers
In school we learn that our first "Thanksgiving" occurred when the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast; this site and historical monument commemorates those aboard the Mayflower , which supposedly first came ashore right here.
November is Native American Heritage Month
November is the perfect time to celebrate and explore the rich and diverse cultures, tribes, traditions and histories of Native Americans.
Cape Lookout National Seashore Cabin Reservations
Starting on January 5th, you can reserve Great Island and Long Point cabins at Cape Lookout National Seashore in NC for this coming spring, summer or fall on Recreation.gov
Avalanche Safety Tips
A bit of knowledge and the right precautions can save your life when it comes to snow in the backcountry.
From cozying up in a ski lodge or booking a lavish stay at a historic hotel to taking a cooking class on a quaint New England farm or scouring the night sky for constellations you never knew existed, these are some of the most romantic options we have to offer.
Your Fee Dollars at Work: Amistad National Recreation Area
Thanks to your fee dollars, a new fish cleaning station at Rough Canyon will completely replace the old one, which had badly deteriorated due to constant, year-round use.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Spotlight: Visit National Grasslands
National Grasslands offer a glimpse into our heritage and opportunities to hike, bike, camp and sightsee!
Spotlight: Waldo Lake, Willamette National Forest
Wounded Warriors Denali Challenge 2012
Courageous Veterans challenge themselves on the continent's tallest peak in Denali National Park and Preserve
Spotlight: National Estuarine Research Reserves
Some of our countries most productive ecosystems in the world are found at National Estuarine Research Reserves.
Spotlight: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan
This Michigan treasure was voted “Most Beautiful Place in America” on ABC’s Good Morning America —and it’s not hard to see why the public picked this majestic and fascinating locale. A visit to Sleeping Bear is bound to make even the most traveled visitor feel the wonderment of our natural world.
Hiking Half Dome in Yosemite Valley
Almost every hiker puts hiking to the top of Half Dome on his or her bucket list. If that's on your 2012 agenda, here are the logistics you'll need to know to obtain your permits and start planning your trip.
Spotlight: National Park Week
National Parks will waive entrance fees all week long. Many parks will also offer special programs, and some park partners may offer great deals and discounts.
Bear Creek Lake
State and municipal partner agencies manage a swimming beach, as well as water-based activities like sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing.
Spotlight: Arches National Park
Discover Arches National Park, truly a landscape like no other.
Spotlight: National Wildlife Refuge System Celebrates 110 Years of Conservation Success
Spotlight: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument
Spotlight: The Great Backyard Bird Count
Spotlight: The Underground Railroad on the Shawnee National Forest
Spotlight: Death Valley National Park, A Desert Jewel
Spotlight: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers enticements of a different nature. Visitors may experience a 13-mile scenic drive, miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, as well as opportunities for road biking, rock climbing, picnic areas and nature observing. There is also a visitor center complete with a gift store.
Attachments: Faces and Stories from America’s Gates, June 15 to September 4
Lewis and Clark for the Modern Day Adventurer
Spotlight: Ice Harbor Lock and Dam - Lake Sacajawea, WA
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center Winter Film Festival
The Great Falls, Montana, Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is one of the many federal recreational establishments to offer folks some warm, indoor, fun activities this winter.
The African Burial Ground National Monument, New York, NY
February is African American History Month so what better time to pay homage to this commemorative site that represents the important role and contribution that enslaved Africans made to the birth of the nation, its economy development and culture.
Spotlight: Redwood National Park
Visit some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world, in beautiful Northern California.
'Tis the season to get out into nature and start looking for your Christmas decorations.
Take a Hike
Here are four great reasons to go for a hike.
Removing Two Dams in Olympic National Park
What once was a reservoir is now running water. What was once a concrete eyesore is now a wild river.
June Is Great Outdoors Month
President Obama—along with almost every state governor—proclaimed June as “Great Outdoors Month,” urging Americans to uphold our legacy of conserving lands for future generations. Whether it’s hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, bird watching—or just having a picnic and enjoying nature—getting outside with your loved ones in our shared resources is the perfect way to celebrate.
Spotlight: Point Reyes National Seashore
A visit to these pristine, majestic, preserved headlands and it’s hard to believe that you’re barely an hour’s drive out of San Francisco.
For those of you who read the novel A River Runs Through It (or saw the movie), you already know the spiritual connection people find to fly fishing.
Tips for Fire Safety in the Wilderness This Summer
Fire season is in full effect. Make sure you use proper precautions to protect our lands.
Spotlight: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge offers recreation for all types of outdoors enthusiasts.
The Importance of Friends Groups and the Public Lands Every Day Program
How can you be a friend to your public lands? Lend a hand to support the environment you love! If you have a favorite park or public land, find out if they have a Friends Group.
Share the Experience Photo Contest
2012 Winners Announced and 2013 Contest Launches
Spotlight: National Fishing and Boating Week
Celebrate our bountiful lakes and rivers during National Fishing and Boating Week
Spotlight: America’s Hunting Heritage
Skilled sportsmen and women, novices and non-hunters alike can appreciate this respected conservation and recreation tradition
Spotlight: Experience the Forest from a Fire Lookout
Expansive views, solitude, and heritage perched on higher grounds as you overnight in a fire lookout tower.
Spotlight: Colorado National Monument
Visitors experience an incredible landscape in which the powerful forces of nature—high winds, deep seas and spring thaws once collided repeatedly to form breathtaking scenic vistas.
Let’s Move Outside! This Summer
The Let’s Move Outside! Adventure Passport encourages children and their families to get outdoors and explore our nation’s public lands.
Spotlight: Get Out and Give Back to Your Public Lands
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day on September 28
Spotlight: Experience Let’s Move Outside!
Connecting Kids & Families to America’s Great Outdoors through Active Recreation
Spotlight: Allatoona Lake
Recreation and sports activities abound at Allatoona Lake near Atlanta. Biking, boating, hiking, swimming and camping are among the activities at this popular recreation area.
Resolutions of the Constitutional Convention
See the "fifth page" of the Constitution, a new display at the National Archives.
Best Places to Star Gaze
Humans have been contemplating the heavens since we stood up on two legs...and that deep, sparkly sky still hasn't lost its draw one bit. Here are the nations best places to see the stars.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is nothing short of a natural wonder even among a diverse terrain of grasslands, wetlands, conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes and tundra.
Spotlight: 4 Rivers, Idaho and Oregon
Enter the lottery and get your permits now for the summertime whitewater rafting trip of your life at the Selway, Salmon and Middle Fork of the Salmon Rivers in Idaho, or the Snake River in Oregon.
Reasons to Volunteer on Public Lands
Traditionally the last Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day gives Americans many reasons to volunteer—but you can volunteer anytime!
June is World Oceans Month
Wear blue and take action to honor June as World Ocean Month.
Ansel Adams Wilderness Area
Wilderness is exactly what you'll find in Yosemite's Ansel Adams Wilderness area.
The Other National Christmas Tree
California's General Grant Tree is not only possibly the largest sequoia; it's also been labeled the "Nation's Christmas Tree" since 1926.
Build a Campfire and Cozy Up
There’s no other feeling like the one you get when sitting around a campfire. So long as you make sure you’re responsible and follow the rules of the area you’re visiting, get out there and huddle around the flames.
9 Reasons to Start Ice Fishing
Contrary to popular belief, fish do bite in the winter.
Fee-Free Days in 2012
Federal agencies kicked off 2012 fee-free days with Martin Luther King, Jr., Weekend
The "Great Charter"
The Magna Carta, on permanent loan from private owner David Rubenstein, returns to the National Archives after a year hiatus ... in a new, interactive casing to further enhance the Charters of Freedom.
Discover the Forests Around You With the Lorax
Universal Pictures joins the USDA Forest Service and the Ad Council launch a series of public service announcements featuring characters and footage from the movie, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.
Our Best Beaches: Northeast
It’s summertime and everybody wants to go to the beach. After a long winter, the northeast coastline is reborn into a pleasant and delightful destination for locals and travelers alike. These are our best beaches.
Pearl Harbor Historic Sites: USS
Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona is one of Hawaii's top tourist destinations, with good reason.
Spotlight: Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project
Take a new look at the 1970s through the lens of a Federal photography project called Project DOCUMERICA
Spotlight: Visit the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Yosemite National Park Campground Reservation Dates
Spotlight: Snowmachining at Turnagain Pass, Alaska
Spotlight: Experience Desolation and Gray Canyons on the Green River, Utah
November is Native American Heritage Month
November is the perfect time to celebrate and explore the rich and diverse cultures, tribes, traditions and histories of Native Americans.
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Staying in Denver and got a few hours? Consider a visit to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, the largest urban wildlife refuge in the United States.
Accessible Adventures in the Columbia River Gorge
Your Fee Dollars at Work: Island Explorer Buses, Acadia National Park, Maine
Celebrate the Birth of Our Nation
As iconic as it is, the Fourth of July isn't the only time to celebrate our history. Honor the many places and events of the American Revolution any time of year.
Spotlight: Sedona’s Red Rock Scenic Byway
Visit this natural and sacred place, a "museum without walls," where magnificent buttes and cliffs create unique habitats above the desert expanses.
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
Spotlight: To the Brink—JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis
Visit this National Archives exhibit and look back on the Cuban Missile Crisis from the 50-year mark.
Spotlight: Southern California's Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area
Head due north from the Mexican border, west from Phoenix and east from Los Angeles, and you’ll find the impressive Imperial Sand Dunes – the largest mass of sand dunes in California.
Spotlight: Veterans National Recreation Trail at Coralville Lake
Honor America's Veteran Heros while enjoying pristine Coralville Lake
White River National Forest
Eight designated wildernesses, world famous ski resorts are only some of the reasons this Rocky Mountain gem is one of the most revered National Forests in the United States.
2012 White House Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery is Now Closed
Washington Monument To Be Repaired After Earthquake
The August 23, 2011 Washington D.C. earthquake left more than its residents rattled ... some of the city's most prominent structures suffered damage, including the Washington Monument. Now, it's finally receiving the funding to make repairs.
Your Fee Dollars At Work
Entrance fees do more than just get you into the park...the funds help you enjoy your entire experience, from entrance to exit.
Spotlight: Katmai National Park and Preserve
Whether watching brown bears during the salmon run, hiking and camping in rugged wilderness, fishing for trout, or viewing the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, an amazing experience awaits in Alaska’s Katmai National Park and Preserve.
Song for the Horse Nation
The newest and biggest yet exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian pays homage to the bond between horse and human.
All That Jazz
A visit to the Harlem Jazz Museum is arguably second only to a trip to N'Orleans if you're looking to experience the truly American musical tradition: Jazz.
Your Fee Dollars at Work
Without fees, Zion National Park would be nothing but traffic and pollution.
The Ocmulgee National Monument
Somewhere near the biggest city in Georgia sits what looks like an ancient geometrical temple covered in grass.
Plan a Camping Trip You'll Never Forget
It’s easy to head to your nearest campground for some fresh air and a couple nights under the stars. But when was the last time you picked a destination where you never imagined you’d set up a tent?
Yosemite's John Muir Wilderness
It's one of our country's protected areas; but the word "wilderness" is so much more than just a label.
Spotlight: Lake Red Rock, Pella, Iowa
Lake Red Rock, managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, is Iowa’s largest lake and has been protecting valuable farmland, houses and businesses along the Des Moines River against flooding for more than 40 years.
Spotlight: Alaska Hummingbird Festival in Ketchikan, Alaska
A celebration, Alaska-style, welcoming the Rufous hummingbirds back from the southern United States and Central America. Every April, the town of Ketchikan hosts the annual Alaska Hummingbird Festival.
Spotlight: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Massachusetts
Marine life and ocean recreation opportunities flourish at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay.
Spotlight: Experience the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act
Spotlight: A Slice of the Siuslaw National Forest
Visit one of only two national forests to claim ocean front property in the lower 48 states.
Spotlight: Fort Larned National Historic Site: Guarding the Santa Fe Trail
One of the best preserved forts from the American Indian Wars era. Fort Larned National Historic Site preserves one of the U.S. Army’s remote frontier outposts along the Santa Fe Trail
Spotlight: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Discover Ecosystems in Action
Spotlight: International Migratory Bird Day
Bird migration: One of the most spectacular events in the Americas
Spotlight: Hoover Dam and Lake Mead National Recreation Area
One of America’s modern civil engineering wonders and the largest reservoir in the U.S.
Spotlight: National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Oregon
An experience that captures the American spirit of the West
Spotlight: National Get Outdoors Day
Get outside, get active, get healthy!
Spotlight: Gettysburg National Military Park and Sesquicentennial
Why do we Celebrate Independence Day on the 4th of July?
So why all the parades, “bells, bonfires, and illuminations” on July 4th? Because that is the date the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence--the day the founders approved one of America’s most treasured documents.
Spotlight: SAFETY – Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness can quickly turn an exciting alpine hike into a race for health.
Spotlight: Explore Dinosaur National Monument
Dinosaur fossils and plenty of them! Still encased in the rock at the Quarry Exhibit Hall are 1,500 bones of creatures like Apatosaurus, Allosaurus and Diplodocus – just to name a few – that roamed this land 149 million years ago.
Spotlight: Experience the Civilian Conservation Corps
The CCC and the National Wildlife Refuge System: Revisiting America’s Largest Conservation Effort
Spotlight: Explore the Spectacular Blanchard Springs Caverns
Tour these cool caverns located in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
Spotlight: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and Sesquicentennial
Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Chattanooga Campaign of the American Civil War at America’s First National Military Park, September–November 2013
Spotlight: Fall on the National Mall
Nice weather, less crowds, and plenty to see and do in our nation’s capital.
Spotlight: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
A river of recreation options that will make your head spin!
Spotlight: Our Nation’s Estuaries, Where the Rivers Meet the Sea
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of National Estuaries Day—All Week Long - September 23-29, 2013!
Spotlight: Blue Ridge Parkway - More Than Just A Road
Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway, a piece of Americana, for a firsthand experience with the Southern Appalachians, farmland, local communities, Bluegrass music, wineries and so much more.
Spotlight: Discovery and Recovery at the National Archives
Preserving the Iraqi Jewish Heritage
Spotlight: The Truth about Bats
Superstitions and myths about bats are as common as candy wrappers on Halloween—but not nearly as interesting as the truth!
Spotlight: Tumacácori National Historical Park
Spotlight: Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Manatees
Viewing Manatees in Kings Bay along the Florida Gulf Coast
Spotlight: The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Spotlight: Cape Cod National Seashore
What better place to spend a cozy weekend than on the very shores where the Mayflower landed and the Wampanoag people had been farming and cultivating?
Spotlight: Honoring Veterans
California Gold Rush: Yosemite and Beyond
Spotlight: Join Sanctuary Ocean Count 2014 in Hawaii
Spotlight: Tropical St. Lucie South
A water-lover’s winter camping paradise.
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