From the Bureau of Land Management:
Located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona includes the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. This remote and unspoiled, 280,000-acre Monument - a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands - is a geologic treasure, containing a variety of diverse landscapes from the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon.
Visitors enjoy scenic views of towering cliffs and deep canyons. Paria Canyon offers an outstanding three to five day wilderness backpacking experience. The colorful swirls of cross-bedded sandstone in Coyote Buttes are an international hiking destination.
A permit is required for hiking in Coyote Buttes North (the Wave), Coyote Buttes South, and for overnight trips within Paria Canyon. Visit the BLM Arizona’s website to learn more about this beautiful area and plan your visit.
Photos by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist
Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area extends out from the Oregon coast, one mile into the Pacific Ocean. Standing 93 feet tall at the westernmost point of the basalt headland, the lighthouse has been a bright beacon of the night, guiding ships and their supplies along the west coast since the light was first lit on August 20, 1873.
The offshore islands are a year-round refuge for harbor seals and a spring-summer home for thousands of nesting seabirds. Gray whales can be spotted during their annual migrations to Mexico (late fall-early winter) and Alaska (late winter-early spring). During the summer months some gray whales take the opportunity to feed in the shallow waters around the headland.
Learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1lZfhcC
Photos: Bob Wick, BLM-California
The Department of Interior frequently shares beautiful images of our nation’s public lands. Check out the 14 best photos Interior shared in 2013 as ranked by ABC News.
From the Department of Interior:
One more best of 2013 before we hit the new year!
The 14 best photos shared by U.S. Department of the Interior in 2013 - PHOTOS: http://abcn.ws/1fZ9a6w
The caretakers of some of the world’s most majestic places and America’s most hallowed grounds, the U.S. Dept. of the Interior is also responsible for making those places as accessible to people as possible.
In the digital age, social media has become a strategically powerful tool to share images of these places with those who are usually far away, but want to remain connected to the places they love, according to Interior Director of Digital Strategy Tim Fullerton.
“We’ve found that our most powerful asset in promoting America’s public lands through social media is the use of breathtaking imagery,” Fullerton said. “Photos of America’s National Parks, Wildlife Refuges and other public lands are perfect sharing material for social media.”
Fullerton says people connect with the photos shared by @Interior – “whether they are reminded of a previous visit or are simply blown away by their sheer beauty, our photos are shared more than any other content we post.”
The strategy has triggered a 175 percent, or 80,000+, follower increase for @Interior in 2013 alone. Fullerton also credits the account with helping the Interior’s website grow to 4 million unique visitors – up 1.3 million from 2012.
“We’ve listened to the public.”