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From the Department of Interior:

The California Coastal National Monument comprises more than 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs, and pinnacles along the 1,100 miles of California’s coast.  The scenic beauty and important wildlife habitat within the Monument are protected by the Bureau of Land Management as National Conservation Lands.Millions of people view the California Coastal National Monument from roads, beaches, bluffs, watercraft, or through one of the Monument Gateway Communities.Photo: Bob Wick, BLM

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From the Department of Interior:

The California Coastal National Monument comprises more than 20,000 rocks, islands, exposed reefs, and pinnacles along the 1,100 miles of California’s coast.  The scenic beauty and important wildlife habitat within the Monument are protected by the Bureau of Land Management as National Conservation Lands.

Millions of people view the California Coastal National Monument from roads, beaches, bluffs, watercraft, or through one of the Monument Gateway Communities.

Photo: Bob Wick, BLM

Great Natural Areas to Explore With Family

A good way to connect with your family is to leave behind the work and school routines. If your family has days off or a free weekend, consider planning a road trip to explore new places.

All throughout the United States there are recreation areas that offer a wide variety of activities for everyone. Below you will find some ideal places for enjoying what nature has to offer:

Boulder Creek, California

Location: This spot is in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains, northeast of San Francisco.

Features: It has everything nature lovers would want, such as beautiful lakes, streams and mountains, as well as prairies surrounded by plants and animals.

Activities: It is a place where you can swim, fish, ride a boat or kayak, mountain bike and camp.

Alley Creek Camp, Texas

Location: On the edge of Lake O ‘the Pines, east of Dallas and near the towns of Jefferson and Marshall.

Features: There’s a magnificent lake surrounded by pine trees and the region’s native flora and fauna. The lake is a result of the construction of a dam, but now it’s considered an oasis of outdoor recreation.

Activities: Families can enjoy camping, swimming, hunting, fishing, boat rides, or hiking along trails and exploring nature.

Buck Lake, Florida

Location: This recreational area is located in Ocala National Forest.

Features: The Buck Lake area has the second longest forest in the state of Florida, and more than 600 lakes, rivers and springs that are popular tourist attractions.

Activities: This site offers a variety of ways to enjoy the open air, including fishing, boat rides, camping, picnics, hiking and more.

Camp Gateway, New York

Location: Situated at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, this park is a great natural space within the urban environment of New York City.

Features: The area’s meadows, trees, sand dunes, lagoons and beaches attract many tourists year-round.

Activities: You can choose among hiking, fishing, biking or camping. There are also guided tours and other programs available.

Apache Trout Campground, Arizona

Location: This spot is east of Phoenix, near the New Mexico border.

Features: Wide open spaces, pine forests, mountain scenery and Big Lake are all ideal for relaxation.

Activities: This is a good spot for outdoor activities like trout fishing, hiking, mountain biking, picnics and camping.

Note: The activities at these recreation parks vary depending on the time of year and season.

Use the search guide in Recreation.gov to find other activities and recreational areas.

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Image description: Tiny mushrooms grow out of a Douglas Fir cone near Mount Lewis in Stanislaus National Forest. 
Photo by Alice Poulson, U.S. Forest Service

Image description: Tiny mushrooms grow out of a Douglas Fir cone near Mount Lewis in Stanislaus National Forest.

Photo by Alice Poulson, U.S. Forest Service

Image description: A member of the Geronimo Interagency Hotshot Crew conducts a prescribed burn operation to help stop a fire that may head towards a road at the Big Windy Complex near Galice, Oregon. 
The Interagency Hotshot Crews, specializing in wildland fire suppression, are employed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, various Native American tribes, and the states of Alaska and Utah. The Geronimo crew is one of seven Native American hotshot crews sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. 
USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

Image description: A member of the Geronimo Interagency Hotshot Crew conducts a prescribed burn operation to help stop a fire that may head towards a road at the Big Windy Complex near Galice, Oregon.

The Interagency Hotshot Crews, specializing in wildland fire suppression, are employed by the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, various Native American tribes, and the states of Alaska and Utah. The Geronimo crew is one of seven Native American hotshot crews sponsored by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.

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From the Department of Interior:

Michael DeWitt took this stunning photo from Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin. Here’s what he had to say about it. "In late December, a friend and I launched a canoe from the pack ice at Meyer’s Beach, gateway to the mainland sea caves in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. We broke skim ice and dodged ice bergs out to the caves, and we were well rewarded for our efforts. I made the image from the canoe, through a port hole as the sun set across Mawikwe Bay."

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From the Department of Interior:

Michael DeWitt took this stunning photo from Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin. Here’s what he had to say about it.

"In late December, a friend and I launched a canoe from the pack ice at Meyer’s Beach, gateway to the mainland sea caves in the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. We broke skim ice and dodged ice bergs out to the caves, and we were well rewarded for our efforts. I made the image from the canoe, through a port hole as the sun set across Mawikwe Bay."