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Winter provides a short window to take part in snow fun for many winter recreationists and adventure seekers. This can be a special time to experience outdoor spaces and public lands under a blanket of snow or simply during an off season for regions of the country that don’t experience snowfall.
Now more than ever it is important to be cautious when skiing, snowmobiling, snowboarding, and any other winter activity in what may become difficult harsh conditions. Here are a few tips to #RecreateResponsibly during the winter months.
Bordered to the east by Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Great Sand Dunes National Park beckons overnight backpacking enthusiasts to explore the stark contrast of where dunes meet the forest. A diverse landscape unfolds for explorers to roam the dune slopes where there are no trails, where
At more than 400 national wildlife refuges, wetland management districts and national fish hatcheries from Alaska to Florida and Maine to California, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands offer some of the best hunting in the country. Hunters have long been U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partners
Straddling the Arizona and Utah border, the vibrant and dramatic landscape of Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness spans 112,000 acres (45,324 ha) of spectacular geologic formations, desert wildlife and provides primitive outdoor recreation opportunities. Part of Vermilion Cliffs National
It’s well known that Las Vegas is one of the world’s entertainment meccas. It’s also the gateway to stunningly beautiful public lands including Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Located just 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, the area is visited by more than three million visitors each
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas Wilderness in Everglades National Park is comprised of 1,296,500 acres and is the largest designated wilderness east of the Rocky Mountains. Congress authorized the wilderness in 1978 and named it after its most famous champion in 1997. The Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Fall is almost here, and that means that colder weather will soon start to sweep across the country. Now is the perfect time to plan an escape from cooler temperatures with a trip to one of our top five "hot spots" for fall travel. (Temperatures based on averages for November)
A whole new world comes alive at night and is waiting to be explored. When you head out at night to stargaze, take your family or friends with you, be prepared for a cool night, and let your eyes adjust to the wonder above. Below are some recommendations from our friends at the National Park
Enjoy this list of trails for shoulder-season riding to experience cooler temperatures, fewer crowds and scenic vistas that reward the effort. Remember, safety first. Always wear a helmet and other appropriate protective gear, respect the rules of the trail and ride responsibly. Also, check trail
For many who explore America's public lands and waters, Site Passes can be a convenient way to visit these special places. Site Passes for dozens of destinations across the country can be purchased on Recreation.gov to cover entrance, standard amenity (day use), or recreation fees for that
Celebrate and spread awareness of the role bats play in the ecosystem during Bat Week from October 24-31, 2020! Bats are vital to our environment and economy and can be found worldwide with more than 1,400 species, 47 of which can be found across the United States. Bats help pollinate important
To many Latino visitors, a deep appreciation and constant admiration towards nature is inherently passed down from every generation. Latino immigrants have historically dignified our country’s land and the great outdoors through various conservation and labor efforts. Today, as Latinos continue
November 16 - 19, 2020 Forest Service concessionaires are invited for a series of conversations about how our Recreation One Stop (R1S)/Recreation.gov teams can support you as you provide exceptional recreation experiences across our nation's federal lands and waterways. Our promise to you:
Multnomah Falls is a popular Pacific Northwest destination located about 30 minutes east of Portland, Oregon. Fed by underground springs from Larch Mountain, the flow over the falls is a spectacular view with water plummeting 620 feet (188 meters) in two sections. Built in 1925, the Multnomah
Load up your gear, grab the leash, and find the perfect spot to take your four-legged friend for a hike or camping trip with these recommendations of top pet-friendly destinations from Recreation.gov users like you!
Located along the mid-coast of Maine, Acadia National Park protects a diverse and scenic landscape that includes rocky coastlines, forests, lakes, and bald granite mountain tops. Visitors can enjoy a range of recreational experiences along the historic Park Loop Road, hiking trails, and carriage
As we begin to “gear up” for summer camping, it’s time to make sure our camping gear is ready. We picture s’mores around the campfire and drifting off to sleep reading a favorite novel. Then, briefly our minds wander into dreaded territory – the camping equipment. Where is the camp stove? Did I
The grandeur of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park has beckoned millions of visitors over the years – 4.6 million in 2019. Its scenic meadows and aspen groves, swift-flowing rivers, alpine forests reaching more than 11,500 feet (3,505 m) in elevation, abundant wildlife, and hundreds of miles
After more than 10 years, fireworks will return to Mount Rushmore National Memorial for an exciting celebration at one of the nation's most iconic locations. The event will be held on July 3 and include additional entertainment to commemorate this historic event. The Park will be closed to the
Let Recreation.gov help you bring some fun outdoor activities, indoors! No, we don't mean letting wild animals into your home or creating an indoor sandbox. Instead, our dedicated team has pulled together some of our favorite outdoor-themed, indoor activities for the whole family. A-B-C our
Spring is the time for new beginnings and sowing the seeds of opportunity. Seize the spirit of the season and grow this spring! Now is the ideal time to plant the seeds to grow your curiosity, sense of adventure, family bonds, connection to nature, and so much more. Recreation.gov is here to help
Located less than an hour’s drive from Phoenix, Arizona, Bulldog Canyon is a great place to experience the Tonto National Forest’s unique Sonoran Desert from your off-highway vehicle (OHV). With 25 miles (40 km) of designated OHV trails and views of the Goldfield and Superstition mountains,
The Recreation.gov RV community has spoken and the results are in! These RV campgrounds are some of the most beloved places to park the rig, set up camp, and spend time outdoors according to ratings and reviews from our dedicated public lands RVers. We've selected these spots based on visitor
Beginning in central California and spilling into Nevada's Great Basin, the Sierra Nevada mountain range includes some of California's most iconic landscapes — Yosemite National Park, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Inyo National Forest and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, among
Why did so many ancient bison die in this place? What drew the bison and Paleo-Indians here? These are some of the questions still asked today as researchers continue to investigate the largest known bison bonebed in the world. A trip to Hudson-Meng Education and Research Center is a visit to an
Every end marks a new beginning, and the new year presents the chance to make the most of a fresh start. Resolve to make 2020 your year of experiences! Opportunity doesn't wait, and neither should you. Whether it's a first camping trip with the kids, cross-country road trip with friends, stepping
Witnessing the fall foliage in the East is sure to be a bucket list item, especially when you consider the charming local towns and covered bridges, wildlife viewing, paddling and leisurely urban walks. From our Nation's Capital to South Carolina this ranger-crafted list offers a variety of
With crisp autumn days settling in, now is the time to venture out and explore the spectacular hues of the season. Maximize your time and plan a day hike or a mountain bike ride. Be sure to bring your camera, a water bottle and a snack to fuel your day out on the trails. Or, there's still time to
Towering cliffs, rolling sagebrush covered hills, and heavily wooded side canyons provide the backdrop for the dramatic beauty of the Rio Chama River. Beginning in the southern San Juan Mountains of south-central Colorado, the Rio Chama runs about 120 miles (193.1 km) before joining the Rio Grande
A classic campfire treat just got a little sweeter. You may know of the traditional s’mores - graham cracker, chocolate, and roasted marshmallow, but what about the many ways you can dress it up? Check out these suggestions from our friends at the National Park Service!
There are few U.S. national parks as recognizable as Joshua Tree National Park located at the intersection of the Mojave and Colorado deserts, where rare plants, 46 reptiles, 57 mammal and 251 bird species call home. This park also features historically significant sites and structures that help
Whether you own a rig or are renting one, we've pulled together a few of our favorite tips to help you plan for your next RV trip!
Bears exist in and around a majority of our public lands across the United States and are native and natural members of the wildlife community. Seeing a bear can be an exciting experience, one that will form a lasting memory of your visit. By learning more about bears and their curious nature, you
Campfires are an essential part of the camping experience. Stories are told around them, s'mores are roasted on them, bodies are warmed by them and memories are created. The best way to keep those memories from becoming a horror story is to follow some simple and important campfire safety tips.
If summer seems like it is passing you by, take a little time to discover a destination just down the road or beyond the horizon. Here are a few tips for finding places that are closer than you think. FIND IT: On the Recreation.gov homepage, scroll to the map and type in your location. The
As part of the Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex, both Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge provide a critical habitat for migrating birds, threatened and endangered species and other native species along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.
There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than cooling off in a lake. There are lakes scattered across the country that offer a variety of experiences to take the heat off when temperatures soar. These 10 cool lakes feature plenty of amenities to please everyone in the crowd, while also
Summer is officially here, and parents know what that means - kids are home from school and itching for new activities to keep them occupied. We’ve got you covered with our “Bring Home A Story – Outdoor Activity Summer Scorecard,” designed with parents in mind. Check out our list of recommended
With camping season now upon us, we’re offering some helpful tips for first-time tent campers. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the idea of camping in a tent for the first time, but follow these Recreation.gov tips to help plan your trip and get the most out of the experience.
Nestled in North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest among the hardwoods and conifers of Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, a deluxe glamping site has been thoughtfully designed for your mountain adventure. Only 10 minutes from the excitement of downtown Asheville these all-inclusive glamping sites allow
Located in central California's Yosemite Valley, Camp 4 campground is one of the most popular campgrounds in Yosemite National Park, especially among the rock climbing community – it’s even listed on the National Register for Historic Places for its significant role in the development of rock
The Denali Park Road is the only road in Denali National Park and Preserve. This 92-mile (148 km) ribbon of road parallels the Alaska Range and travels through low valleys and high mountain passes. Weather permitting, many opportunities exist to view the park’s beautiful vistas, including North
National Wildflower Week takes place May 4 – 10 this year. To celebrate, we’ve compiled wildflower photos from Share the Experience photographers. From fiery reds and oranges to majestic purples, these photos capture a rainbow of beautiful blossoms in National Parks and National Forests around the
With the weather warming up across the country, weekend trips and summer vacations are right around the corner. As you start planning your next getaway, add South Dakota to your short list of must-visit destinations. Tourism is the state's second-largest industry, and it’s easy to understand why
There are only a few wildlife experiences more awe-inspiring than feeling the thundering presence of a bison. Before their near extinction roughly 30 to 60 million bison roamed the country, but by the 1890's less than a thousand bison could be found across America. Thanks to conservation efforts,
At Olympic National Park, forest, coastal, and mountain ecosystems combine to create a spectacular wilderness wonderland. Designated as both a World Heritage Site and an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations, the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness of Olympic is a living laboratory for
Best known as the site of the enormous 1980 volcanic eruption, Mount St. Helens offers a variety of recreation opportunities, including the chance to climb to the summit of the most active volcano in the Cascade Range. Starting in lush Pacific Northwest forests, the route rises above the treeline
Creating memories together helps to shape your romantic story with that special someone. This love-inspired list of adventures and destinations offers a variety of options and ideas as you plan to celebrate your love.
Since the Gold Rush of 1849, California remains high on many travelers' bucket lists. Today’s adventurers dream not of gold, but of striking it rich with a campsite in Yosemite National Park. Other “gold strikes” include a permit for the Yosemite Cables on Half Dome or to scale America’s tallest
Located just an hour's drive from Fairbanks, the one-million-acre (404,685 ha) White Mountains National Recreation Area (NRA) offers stunning views of Alaska scenery and outstanding opportunities for year-round recreation, including snow mountain biking. With over 240 miles (386 km) of groomed
More than 120 ski and snowboard areas across the United States and nearly 60 percent of all winter resorts throughout the West are located on national forests. Besides alpine skiing and snowboarding, many of these locations also offer cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, dog sledding
There is nothing quite as relaxing, or as quintessentially American, as fishing in a natural setting. You can experience that feeling at more than 270 national wildlife refuges, 29 national fish hatcheries and many other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters. Virtually every type of sport
A new year offers 365 days of opportunity, and what better way to start your outdoor goals than with First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day at a state park near you? State parks in all 50 states offer free, guided First Day Hike programs run by outdoor experts who want to help you explore the best the
Hunters, anglers and recreational shooters can explore the outdoors on America’s public lands and waters and experience traditional activities to connect with our heritage and create memories with family and friends. Whether you're interested in fly-fishing, rifle hunting or target practice, you
Pounding sound, billowing smoke, and explosions in and around Pearl Harbor, Hawai'i, was the scene on December 7, 1941. Ships were damaged, ships were sunk, many lives were changed and many lives were lost. The episode drew the United States into World War II. In Pearl Harbor, on the island of O'
If you tried (and failed) to get California gold—a campsite in the Yosemite Valley or a permit to climb the Cables on Half Dome— then you know the demand far exceeds the supply. Thousands of prospectors stampede each summer to stake claims on about 500 campsites, while as many as 500 applicants per
Through stories, art, song, dance and architecture, Native American culture comes alive in the special places that serve as the ancestral homelands of these Native peoples. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in vibrant culture, while exploring vivid depictions of historical events and places.
Veterans Day is a time when Americans honor and thank U.S. military veterans for their service to their country. This is also a perfect time to enjoy America’s great outdoors and historic places, which represent much of what veterans serve to protect. Beginning Veterans Day 2020, all U.S.
Experience the sight of a whale slapping the water with a fin, blowing water and air through its spout or even fully breaching the surface in an acrobatic arch. Here are eight places where you can see whales from the shore or within a short boat ride away. To witness these magnificent mammals
There are special places on earth where conditions uniquely exist to preserve fossils and give us a window into the past so that we can understand what plants and animals were like long before humans existed. Here are 10 locations where fossil remains are recognized around the globe for their
Relish in a lovely picnic under the vivid autumn maples of New England or a crisp morning stroll surrounded by golden aspens of the Mountain West. You can discover the beauty and exceptional fall colors on public lands in just about every state. Want to learn more about the science of these
Picture an autumn sky blanketed with birds erupting into flight, filling the air with calls and the sound of thousands of wings beating together. Fall is the perfect season for bird watching. Whether this is your first birding experience or you’re a professional ornithologist, experiencing a
Throw a few supplies in a day pack, rendezvous with your nature-loving friends and get yourself to a trail head for an outdoor adventure everyone will enjoy. Here are 10 places to hike a short distance from 10 major cities that offer excellent trail conditions, diverse landscapes and spectacular
America is filled with spooky little hidden corners and old colonial towns with legends, ghost stories and other lore. Old spirits, energies, tales, impressions or whatever you want to call them—even inhabit our wide open spaces.
Yosemite, Zion, Joshua Tree – for climbers, these names are synonymous with the best. Federal lands host some of the most visually spectacular, challenging and exciting rock climbing areas in the world. Check out this list of climbing hot spots – whether you prefer bouldering, top-roping, lead
Your chances of viewing the aurora borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights, greatly increase the more north you travel—think: Alaska, Canada and Scandinavia. However, during a year when the aurora is particularly strong, you’ve actually got a shot at seeing this magical occurrence in the
Across the U.S., cabins, yurts and fire lookout towers provide a unique opportunity to stay in historic facilities and awe-inspiring locations. Many are open year-round and are surrounded by wildlife viewing opportunities, bountiful recreation and landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see.
From the headwaters near Crater Lake National Park, the Rogue River flows 215 miles (346 km) to the Pacific Ocean at Gold Beach, Oregon. The 84 miles (135 km) of the lower Rogue, beginning seven miles (11.2 km) west of Grants Pass and ending 11 miles (17.7 km) east of Gold Beach are designated as a