The five #nationalparks of #Utah aren't to be missed, but if you're looking for solitude, take the road less traveled to explore the state’s other public lands that feature mesas, mountains, canyons and arches. Just a short drive from Moab up the Colorado River Canyon is the Mary Jane Canyon between the Fisher and Adobe Mesas set against the backdrop of Mt. Waas. The #sunset is something special. Photo courtesy of Josiah Roe ( @josiahq). #findyourpark #usinterior

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Comprised of 4 million acres in southwest #Alaska, #LakeClark National Park and Preserve is one of the nation's most remote national parks. #Winter conditions add more challenges for those wanting to explore this gorgeous and diverse landscape, but as you can see, the backcountry scenes are worth the cold. Photo @lakeclarknps of Tanalian Falls by James Walton, #NationalPark Service. #findyourpark #usinterior

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As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we remember his message of unity and service. One of the most influential people in our history, Dr. King’s legacy continues to inspire. At the #MartinLutherKing, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., 14 quotes focusing on justice, democracy, hope and love surround the statue of him. Located a short walk from the Lincoln Memorial, where Dr. King gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech, it’s a powerful and enlightening place. Photo by Jim Evangelista (www.sharetheexperience.org). #usinterior #findyourpark #mlk

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An unforgettable #nightsky -- with a tinge of color from the #NorthernLights -- stretches over #CraterLake #NationalPark in #Oregon. America’s national parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness where visitors can enjoy the splendor of these protected dark skies. Photographer Matthew Newman says his nighttime adventure forever changed the way he experiences nature: “Making a seven-mile snowshoe hike round trip in the middle of the night to try and capture the Aurora Borealis and #MilkyWay from this location was amazing.” Photo courtesy of Matthew Newman ( @matthewnewmanphotography). #usinterior #findyourpark

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The Croy Creek Trail System in southern #Idaho offers stunning views and amazing recreational opportunities. Operated by the Bureau of Land Management, the trail system was designed and constructed primarily for motorcycle riders and mountain bikers, but hikers and equestrians also enjoy this gorgeous natural area. Get there early and you might catch a gorgeous winter #sunrise from Bullion Gulch. Photo by Ace Hess, Bureau of Land Management ( @mypubliclands). #usinterior

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Today President Obama took steps to protect America’s cultural and natural treasures -- including designating 3 new national monuments that honor our nation’s civil rights history, while expanding 2 existing national monuments in California and #Oregon. That includes the stunning #California Coastal #NationalMonument (pictured here). Established in 2000 to protect marine wildlife habitat just offshore of California’s iconic coastline, the monument was expanded in 2014 to include Point Arena-Stornetta -- its first onshore unit. Today’s expansion of 6 spectacular places along the coast will preserve important habitat for coastal plants and animals, and protect cultural sites that provide insight into the people who lived along the California coast thousands of years ago. Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands. #findyourpark #usinterior

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At a quick glance, you might miss the ancient #cliffdwellings that blend effortlessly into the sheltered alcove of the canyon wall at #MesaVerde #NationalPark in #Colorado. These elaborate stone communities contained as many as 150 rooms, some of which still feature smoke-blackened walls and ceilings from fires that burned during cold winter months. The park protects nearly 5,000 archeological sites, inspiring visitors to imagine what life was like over 700 years ago. Photo courtesy of Chris Wheeler ( @heartoftheworld). #usinterior #findyourpark

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Wake up to stunning #winter sights at #OrganMountains - Desert Peaks #NationalMonument in #NewMexico. With year-round camping and hiking, visitors can enjoy the area's rocky peaks, narrow canyons and ponderosa pine woodlands even in chilly weather. It’s a short drive from Las Cruces to see these 9,000-foot spires jut majestically above the Chihuahuan Desert floor. Photo by Justina Thorsen, @mypubliclands. #usinterior #findyourpark

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A career in the government can lead to some pretty amazing opportunities. Like becoming a scientist for the Northern Colorado Plateau Network ( @ncpnnps) -- which @backpackermag said was one of the best jobs in the #NationalPark Service. In 16 national parks in #Utah and surrounding states, @ncpnnps collects data on the health of vegetation, water and other natural resources to better inform how national parks are managed. Follow @ncpnnps to see how they're helping to preserve America's most special and treasured places. Check out DOI.gov for more amazing @USInterior jobs! Photo from Capitol Reef National Park by M. Rabinowich, National Park Service. #usinterior #findyourpark

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There are so many places to enjoy a #southwest #sunrise. Located within the Tonto Basin of the Upper Sonoran Desert in #Arizona, #Tonto National Monument protects two well-preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings and helps tell the story, not just of the Salado people, but of several American Indian tribes. Many of these tribes still feel strong spiritual ties to the #cliffdwellings, deeming them to be an ancestral home. Photo @tontonps by C. Sadler, #NationalPark Service. #findyourpark #usinterior

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Seaside daisies decorate the edges of sea cliffs at #ChannelIslands #NationalPark. These craggy crevices support pockets where delicate plant life can emerge, despite exposure to harsh winds from the open ocean. @channelislandsnps protects five islands and surrounding waters off the #California coast where isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth. Photo of Harris Point on San Miguel Island courtesy of George H.H. Huey. #usinterior #findyourpark

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Exciting #wildlife news! Last year biologists found the first ocelot den in 20 years on Laguna Atascosa National #WildlifeRefuge. At the den, researchers found a 3-week old male #ocelot kitten 🐯 (pictured here). Ocelots used to range from South #Texas up into Arkansas and Louisiana, but today there are an estimated 50 ocelots that remain in the United States. Known as the “little leopard,” ocelots have a long, ringed tail and are recognized by their distinct spots and rounded ears. It’s an amazing #WildlifeWin! Photo by @USFWS. #usinterior

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Looking for a last-minute adventure? We’re waiving the entrance fees for all #nationalparks, wildlife refuges and other public lands on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We hope to see you out there! Photo of Turret Arch Framed by North Window at #Utah’s @archesnps courtesy of Jacob W. Frank ( @jacobwfrank). #usinterior #findyourpark

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2017 is kicking off with some excitement at #Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Last week a 22-acre section of a lava delta broke apart and sank into the ocean causing the closing of a viewing area. Now, from the new viewing area, visitors can witness a "fire hose" of #lava streaming into the ocean. The molten rock sends huge clouds of steam and gas into the air as it hits the Pacific. It’s a hypnotic and powerful sight. Video @hawaiivolcanoesnps by #NationalPark Service. #findyourpark #usinterior

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There is a place in Far West #Texas where rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone and a solitary mountain range is surrounded by a weather-beaten desert. This magical place is Big Bend #NationalPark. Long Nguyen ( @ig.long) hiked 5 hours to the South Rim of @bigbendnps and encountered this beautiful vista. "We were excited to capture a different perspective of this beautiful landscape, in hopes to not only encourage others to go out and explore, but also work to preserve the natural landmarks that we have left,” he said. Photo courtesy of Long Nguyen ( @ig.long). #usinterior #findyourpark

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Like snowflakes, the beauty of #winter waterfalls at #Virginia’s #Shenandoah #NationalPark is never exactly the same -- each visit brings a distinct and special view. @shenandoahnps is a #waterfall-lover’s paradise, offering short hikes accessible from the park road and longer adventures to multiple falls. Cold weather brings the chance to see waterfalls strung with icicles and hear different sounds as water glides under frozen shelves. Photo by Howard Wu (www.sharetheexperience.org). #findyourpark #usinterior

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Part of the most remote island archipelago on Earth, Papahānaumokuākea Marine #NationalMonument ( @usfws) supports a reef ecosystem with more than 7,000 marine species and is home to many species of coral, fish, birds and marine mammals. This includes the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, the endangered leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles. A Hawaiian monk seal naps on the beach with a #rainbow on the horizon. Photo by Mark Sullivan, @NOAA/HMSRP, Ship Okeanos Explorer. #usinterior #wildlife

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