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KenaiCabinsSpotlight: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s Historic Cabins
Overnight in a historic cabin built by early residents of the Kenai Peninsula
California Coastal BLMCalifornia Coastal National Monument Expansion
Breathtaking landscapes encompass the newly added shoreline of the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit
Organ MountainsOrgan Mountains—Desert Peaks National Monument, New Mexico
Rugged rocky spires, volcanic cinder cones and expansive desert landscapes beckon the adventurer
Tall ShipCape Cod Canal Celebrates Its Centennial
Celebrate 100 years of recreation and transportation with festivals, parades and fun.
Wichita Mountains WildernessSpotlight: Oklahoma’s Wichita Mountains Wilderness
Experience Oklahoma’s wild, wild West
Bartram TrailSpotlight: Bartram Trail at Thurmond Lake in Georgia and South Carolina
Hikers, cyclists and strollers all find something to like on this National Recreation Trail
FishingSpotlight: The 2014 National Marine Sanctuary Classic
The Sanctuary Classic fishing photo contest is back and better than ever!
Sleeping Bear Dunes NLSpotlight: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan
A place to play, dream, refresh, and create
Lets Move WinnerSpotlight: National Get Outdoors Day
Get outside, get active, get healthy!
Birds Taking FlightJoin a 2015 International Migratory Bird Day Celebration
Learn how restoring habitat helps birds
Fredericksburg TourSpotlight: Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Spotsylvania and the Wilderness, Virginia
America’s Battleground
Moana HotelSpotlight: Historic Hotel — Hawaii’s Moana Surfrider
Beachside history and luxurious accommodations on Oahu
BoatSafety: National Safe Boating Week – May 16–22, 2015
Wear a life jacket for those who love you during National Safe Boating Week and throughout the year.
Ice Age NSTSpotlight: Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Meander through Wisconsin’s glacier-carved landscape
InyoNF AvalancheAvalanche Safety Tips
The most important item on your backcountry checklist
Stellwagen BankSpotlight: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Massachusetts
Most of the one million whale watchers along the East Coast launch from Stellwagen each year
Oregon BirdingSpotlight: Birding on the Pacific Flyway in Oregon
Teeming with birds and wildlife, the Willamette Valley calls
Cradle of ForestrySpotlight: The Cradle of Forestry in America,
Pisgah National Forest

Where forestry and forest conservation were born almost 120 years ago
Hells CanyonSpotlight: Hells Canyon National Recreation Area Powerboat Permits
Reserve a powerboat recreation permit for an experience on the Snake River in Hells Canyon!
Carlsbad CavernsSpotlight: Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Hidden deep beneath the Chihuahuan Desert in southeastern New Mexico lays a spectacular, sparkling world
Alaska, DiscoverySpotlight: 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.
Bandelier National MonumentSpotlight: Bandelier Wilderness
Celebrating 50 years of American wilderness
RailroadSpotlight: The Underground Railroad on the Shawnee National Forest

El Toro WildernessSpotlight: Wilderness in America
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act
Yosemite National Park Rainbow HikersCalifornia Gold Rush: Stake Your Claim at Yosemite and Other Popular California Places

Cutting the Chirstmas TreeA Tree for the Holidays from Your National Forests
A tree-cutting tradition creates lifetime memories
Tropical St. Lucie SouthSpotlight: Tropical St. Lucie South
A water-lover’s winter camping paradise.
SkiSpotlight: 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.
Mt. RainierSpotlight: Snow Play at Mt. Rainier National Park
A winter getaway in the shadow of Washington’s tallest volcanic peak
DismalSpotlight: The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia and North Carolina
Venture into this diverse and mysterious landscape
GettysburgNPThe Gettysburg Address and Gettysburg National Cemetery, Pennsylvania
Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, November 15–19, 2014
BirdingSpotlight: Celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week − October 11-17, 2015
Wild events, wild places and wild critters at your National Wildlife Refuges!
Pony Express MapPony Express National Historic Trail
The Pony Express National Historic Trail symbolizes the spirit of the American West.
Hunter and DogSpotlight: Safety During Hunting Season
Both hunters and non-hunters alike can safely share the great outdoors.
OtterSpotlight: 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!
King RangeSpotlight: King Range National Conservation Area
Discover California’s Lost Coast: black-sand beaches, steep and rugged mountains, and incredibly scenic vistas!
Spotlight: Sockeye Salmon Return to Steep Creek
Watch the action live on the Steep Creek web cam
Grand Teton National ParkSpotlight: 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.
BombaySpotlight: Experience the Civilian Conservation Corps
The CCC and the National Wildlife Refuge System: Revisiting America’s Largest Conservation Effort
18975469Spotlight: Colorado Peaks – Soaring to Great Heights
The southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado inspire and beckon the ascent
MountainsPreventing Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness can quickly turn an exciting alpine hike into a race for health.
Timberline, ORSpotlight: Reach New Heights at Timberline Lodge
A National Historic Landmark in the Mt. Hood National Forest
Rend Lake TrailsSpotlight: Rend Lake, A Southern Illinois Spa and Recreation Area
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.
stanislavSpotlight: Stanislaus River Parks
Stroll across the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi into California's golden history.
Ocoee WhitewaterSpotlight: Ocoee Whitewater Center, Cherokee National Forest, Tennessee
Surround yourself with natural beauty, adventure, history and outdoor fun in this southern mountain recreation destination.
Mt. Saint HelensSpotlight: Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
Discover Ecosystems in Action
Fort LarnedSpotlight: 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
Chimney RockSpotlight: Chimney Rock National Monument
Visit one of the United States newest National Monuments
Lightening, Grand CanyonSafety: 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.
Sailing, Red Rock, LakeSpotlight: 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.
john muirYosemite'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.
ocmulgee national monumentThe Ocmulgee National Monument
Somewhere near the biggest city in Georgia sits what looks like an ancient geometrical temple covered in grass.
mayflower-iiSpotlight: 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.
war ponySong 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.
humboldtPlan 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?
lassen volcanic national parkYour 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.
bikingTake 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?
grasslandsSpotlight: Visit National Grasslands
National Grasslands offer a glimpse into our heritage and opportunities to hike, bike, camp and sightsee!
La Fiesta de TumacacoriCelebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Sedona’s Red Rock Scenic BywaySpotlight: Sedona’s Red Rock Scenic Byway, Arizona
Visit this natural and sacred place, a "museum without walls," where magnificent buttes and cliffs create unique habitats above the desert expanses.
Half Dome YosemiteHiking 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.
army corpse lakeBear Creek Lake
State and municipal partner agencies manage a swimming beach, as well as water-based activities like sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing.
rocky mountain aresenalRocky 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.
spoon billsSpotlight: National Wildlife Refuge System Celebrates 110 Years of Conservation Success

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Great House structure surrounded by desert plants. Photo by NPS.Spotlight: Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

ski taosDownhill Thrills: Ski and Snowboard Areas on National Forests
Some of the best skiing, snowboarding and winter sports can be found on National Forest Service lands.
Half Dome Yosemite Article ImageYosemite National Park Campground Reservation Dates

Vicksburg National Military Park, USS CairoSpotlight: The Siege of Vicksburg, Vicksburg National Military Park

exhibitAttachments: Faces and Stories from America’s Gates, June 15 to September 4

charters of freedomThe "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.
african burial ground national monumentThe 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.
fireBuild 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.
christmasGather your Own Mistletoe for the Holidays
'Tis the season to get out into nature and start looking for your Christmas decorations.
devils postpileAnsel Adams Wilderness Area
Wilderness is exactly what you'll find in Yosemite's Ansel Adams Wilderness area.
Manta RayJune is World Oceans Month
Wear blue and take action to honor June as World Ocean Month.
flyFly Fishing
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.
Midewin EgretSpotlight: Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie
Nineteen thousand acres of open prairie offer hiking, biking, and wildlife viewing.
Lets MoveSpotlight: Experience Let’s Move Outside!
Connecting Kids & Families to America’s Great Outdoors through Active Recreation
Allatoona LakeAllatoona Lake, Georgia
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.
Fishing_HuntingSpotlight: America's Hunting Heritage
Skilled sportsmen and women, novices and non-hunters alike can appreciate this respected conservation and recreation tradition
Hikers enjoy a ranger-led First Day Hike in Tuttle Creek State Park, Kansas (America's State Parks)Spotlight: Bring in the New Year with a First Day Hike

Emancipation ProclamationSpotlight: Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on Display
at the National Archives

View this fragile but enduring piece of history
Main Salmon RiverSpotlight: Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho
Adventure, solitude and breathtaking scenery await in this varied landscape
South SloughSpotlight: South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Oregon
A mild climate, abundant trails and plenty of wildlife characterize this first estuarine research reserve in the country
SnowmobileSnowmobiling in Yellowstone National Park
The park offers the first non-commercially guided snowmobile access program
SagamoreSpotlight: The Sagamore in New York
Experience sweeping views of Lake George and luxury accommodations
Mantle Rock Trail of TearsSpotlight: Trail of Tears National Historic Trail
Remember and commemorate the survival of the Cherokee people
Daniel Boone NFSpotlight: In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone
Let one of America’s first great wanderers show you some of our great outdoors
Nez PerceSpotlight: The Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail
Follow in the footsteps of one of our nation’s most enduring stories.
Mt BaldySan Gabriel Mountains National Monument, California
A popular outdoor recreation destination framing the Los Angeles skyline
Grizzly Ridge YurtSpotlight: Wintry Cabin and Yurt Excursions
Reserve a one-of-a-kind cabin or yurt for a winter adventure
Ashtabula Ice FishingSpotlight: Winter Sports at Ashtabula Lake, North Dakota
More Comfortable than Your Grandfather’s Ice Fishing
Fort GadsdenSpotlight: Fort Gadsden and Apalachicola National Forest, Florida
The Apalachicola National Forest offers both history and recreation on Florida’s Gulf Coast
Death Valley, NPSSpotlight: Death Valley National Park

HHA Hilton Baton RougeSpotlight: The Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, Louisiana
Historical intrigue and luxurious accommodations in the heart of the city
RMNP Bear LakeSpotlight: Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park Turns 100
Celebrating a hundred years of world-renowned mountain scenery and wildlife with plenty of room for recreation
Apalachicola KayakingSpotlight: Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Florida
Explore this subtropical climate and sprawling waterways by boat!
WhiskeytownWhiskeytown National Recreation Area, California
Experience awesome waterfalls, rugged trails, Gold Rush settlements and cool waters
RaystownRaystown Lake, Pennsylvania

Little Gaurd LookoutSpotlight: Unique Lodging
Experience one-of-a-kind locations and landscapes
Mt RogersSpotlight: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Virginia

The Stanley HotelThe Stanley Hotel, Colorado

OkefenokeeSpotlight: Okefenokee Wilderness, Georgia
Choose a scenic drive, a motorized boat tour or a quiet paddle through moss-draped trees on an overnight adventure—the Okefenokee Wilderness is an experience you won’t soon forget!
OHV Trails FloridaSpotlight: OHV Trails in the National Forests in Florida
Take a journey through unique Florida ecosystems
Native American ArtworkSpotlight: The Grand Canyon through Indian Eyes

Veterans Visiting the National Archives Museum, photo by NARASpotlight: 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment at the National Archives

Find Your Urban Park 10 Cities MapFind Your 'Urban' Park
10 Model Cities where people can connect where they live
View of Timberline Lodge with fireworks, Historic Hotels of AmericaReach New Heights at Timberline Lodge, Oregon

2015 Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Oratorical Contest WinnerSpotlight: Frederick Douglass Continues to Inspire a New Generation

A child inspects the Iowa DNR’s replica eagle’s nest. Stacy Nelson, Iowa Natural History FoundationSpotlight: Wintertime Bald Eagle Watches

Aravaipa Canyon is unique blend of lush canyon bottom and Sonoran Desert scenery (BLM Aravaipa Canyon vista Bob Wick)Spotlight: Arizona’s Lush Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness

Share the Experience 2015

President HooverSpotlight: Shenandoah National Park’s Historic Rapidan Camp, Virginia
Shenandoah National Park showcases history against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains
Antietam National BattlefieldSpotlight: Antietam National Battlefield, Maryland
Visit the scene of the bloodiest one-day battle in American history
Lolo PassLewis and Clark for the Modern Day Adventurer

Sagamore Hills NHSSpotlight: Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, New York
Visit the home of Theodore Roosevelt-America’s esteemed 26th president, outdoorsman, soldier, naturalist, rancher and more
2015 STE SS2015 Share the Experience Photo Contest Underway

Don CeSar HotelThe Historic Loews Don CeSar Hotel, Florida
That unique pink palace
Bertrand HullSpotlight: 150th Anniversary of the Sinking of the Steamboat Bertrand, Iowa and Nebraska
Commemorate the tragic loss of the Bertrand at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
Civil War ActorThe Final Days of the Civil War: 150 Years Ago
Places and events honoring the closing days of the American Civil War
Green LakeSpotlight: Green River Lake, Kentucky
A serene setting for boating, fishing, horseback riding and hiking
White Mountain Fat TireSpotlight: Snow Mountain Biking Alaska-Style
Riding on snow in the White Mountains National Recreation Area
Mammoth Cave TourSpotlight: Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky
The world’s longest and perhaps the most storied cave system in the world
Sprited RepublicSpotlight: “Spirited Republic” Exhibition at the National Archives Opens March 6, 2015
Alcohol in American History
Land Between The LakesSpotlight: Winter Eagle Viewing at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area, Kentucky and Tennessee
Winter is peak season for bald eagle viewing
White River NFSpotlight: White River National Forest, Colorado
Host to the 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships

Where small moments turn into big memories
chaco cultureSpotlight: Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico
This canyon was once an important center of the Ancestral Puebloan world
SomervilleSpotlight: Somerville Lake in East-Central Texas
This lake getaway is about halfway between Austin and Houston, Texas!
Wild TurkeySpotlight: Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Illinois
Discover the magnificence and beauty of the wild turkey
Cedar CreekCedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Civil War Sesquicentennial, Virginia
Journey to the history-rich Shenandoah Valley and commemorate those who fought here during the American Civil War.
National Estuaries WeekSpotlight: Celebrate National Estuaries Week, September 19-26, 2015
Enjoy these unique ecosystems where rivers meet the sea
Fort McHenrySpotlight: The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
Bike, hike, walk, boat or drive to the places that inspired our national anthem 200 years ago
Hotel BoulderadoSpotlight: The Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado
A unique and historic, Victorian-style hotel in the Rocky Mountains
Lincoln National ForestSpotlight: Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico
Where a scorched bear cub rescued from a wildfire became a national symbol. Happy 70th Birthday Smokey Bear!
Alabama National Scenic RiverSpotlight: Alabama Scenic River Trail
Touring the South’s Alabama River and historical attractions
Colorado National Monument FogSpotlight: Colorado National Monument
Experience an incredible landscape in which the powerful forces of nature once collided repeatedly to form breathtaking scenic vistas.
BeaverheadSpotlight: Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest
This diverse and intact area of Montana offers a geyser viewing opportunity unparalleled anywhere in the world.
NARA displayResolutions of the Constitutional Convention
See the "fifth page" of the Constitution, a new display at the National Archives.
NPLDHelping Hands for America’s Lands
Volunteer on National Public Lands Day, and make a weekend of it!
great sand dunes npGreat 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.
4 Rivers Happy RaftersSpotlight: 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.
glines in darkRemoving 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.
Girl hikingTake a Hike
Here are four great reasons to go for a hike.
General GrantThe 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.
ice fishing9 Reasons to Start Ice Fishing
Contrary to popular belief, fish do bite in the winter.
lewis clarkLewis 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.
Ice Harbor AerialSpotlight: Ice Harbor Lock and Dam - Lake Sacajawea, WA

Red Rock Canyon RoadSpotlight: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada
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.
documericaSpotlight: 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
Kids Bird Watching for Audubon Christmas Bird CountSpotlight: Become a Citizen Scientist, Help Count Birds

Snowmachine, AKSpotlight: Snowmachining at Turnagain Pass, Alaska

DesolationSpotlight: Experience Desolation and Gray Canyons on the Green River, Utah

arches national parkSpotlight: Arches National Park
Discover Arches National Park, truly a landscape like no other.
Cape Lookout National Seashore Cabin RentalCape 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
Glacier, BoatSpotlight: 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.
bike monthMay is National Bike Month
Come out and celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons you ride. Whether you bike to work to save money or time, to preserve your health or the environment, to explore your community, or get to your destination, just get out there and ride.
NERRSSpotlight: National Estuarine Research Reserves
Some of our countries most productive ecosystems in the world are found at National Estuarine Research Reserves.
Waldo LakeSpotlight: Waldo Lake, Willamette National Forest

Veterans TrailSpotlight: Veterans National Recreation Trail at Coralville Lake
Honor America's Veteran Heros while enjoying pristine Coralville Lake
fish cleaningYour 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.
Close call for the salmon that got away in Katmai National Park and Preserve. (Share the Experience photo by Graham McGeorge)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.
natural bridgeRainbow Bridge National Monument
One of the world’s largest known natural bridges.
acornFood 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.
musicAll 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.
zion national parkYour Fee Dollars at Work
Without fees, Zion National Park would be nothing but traffic and pollution.
CarrizoPlainSpotlight: Carrizo Plain National Monument
A glistening bed of white salt set within a vast open grassland and rimmed by mountains.
Mesa VerdeSpotlight: Mesa Verde National Park

Endangered SpeciesSpotlight: Experience the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act

bed n brekkieSpotlight: A Slice of the Siuslaw National Forest
Visit one of only two national forests to claim ocean front property in the lower 48 states.
Alaska, CabinsSpotlight: 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.
iPhone Mobile AppExplore Your America with the Recreation.gov iPhone App
Update: As of August 7, 2018, the Recreation.gov iPhone app is no longer available for download in the App Store.
Camp along Lake Mead's shoreline and enjoy year-round recreation opportunities. (Adam Jewell/Share the Experience)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.
OR TrailSpotlight: National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Oregon
An experience that captures the American spirit of the West
Gettysburg KidsSpotlight: Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania

National ArchivesWhy 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.
Dinosaur National ParkSpotlight: 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.
Independence HallSpotlight: 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.
Cathedral RoomSpotlight: Explore the Spectacular Blanchard Springs Caverns
Tour these cool caverns located in the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests
Lookout MountainSpotlight: 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
National Mall, DCSpotlight: Fall on the National Mall
Nice weather, fewer crowds, and plenty to see and do in our nation’s capital.
CVNPSpotlight: Cuyahoga Valley National Park
A river of recreation options that will make your head spin!
Blue Ridge SpringSpotlight: 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.
Coralville LakeSpotlight: Iowa’s Coralville Lake
A Midwestern gem offering countless opportunities for discovery and fun!
Iraqi JewishSpotlight: Discovery and Recovery at the National Archives
Preserving the Iraqi Jewish Heritage
FiestaSpotlight: Tumacácori National Historical Park

Manatee, Crystal riverSpotlight: Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Manatees
Viewing Manatees in Kings Bay along the Florida Gulf Coast
Father Son HuntingSpotlight: Experience Hunting on National Wildlife Refuges
National Wildlife Refuges offer exceptional hunting opportunities for all
the capeSpotlight: 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?
Pearl HarborPearl Harbor Historic Sites, Hawai'i
Four unique destinations. One amazing experience.
Whale watching from the shores of Oahu photo by Jordan ChingSpotlight: Join Sanctuary Ocean Count 2016 in Hawaii

Boundary WatersSpotlight: Lotteries
Lotteries on Recreation.gov
National ArchivesSpotlight: The Records of Rights Exhibit at the National Archives

Snorkeling FLSpotlight: Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
An inviting climate and underwater treasures await you.
Canyon FerrySpotlight: Canyon Ferry Reservoir, Montana
A great destination between Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks
LookoutSpotlight: Experience the Forest from a Fire Lookout
Expansive views, solitude, and heritage perched on higher grounds as you overnight in a fire lookout tower.
El YunqueSpotlight: Tropical El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
Enjoy El Yunque’s mild year-round climate and immense biodiversity - no passport required
IditarodSpotlight: The Iditarod National Historic Trail
America’s last great gold rush trail honors Alaska’s history and hosts popular winter races
Fremont WinemaSpotlight: Oregon's Classic Western Beauty —
the Fremont-Winema National Forest

Where winding country roads lead to scenic vistas, wild places and historic discoveries
Gooseberry TrailSpotlight: Gooseberry Mesa National Recreation Trail
Mountain bike southern Utah’s spectacular mesa rims
Cebolla WildernessSpotlight: Cebolla Wilderness, New Mexico
Fascinating cultural history, abundant wildlife, birds of prey and dramatic sandstone features welcome wilderness explorers
BatsSpotlight: Bats — Heroes of the Night
Now is the perfect time to set aside superstition and myth to celebrate National Bat Week, October 25 – October 31, 2015.
Soo LocksSpotlight: Soo Locks on the St. Marys River, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
Hard-working Soo Locks are a fascinating place to visit!
Birds Clark BridgeSpotlight: Riverlands Audubon Center and National Great Rivers Museum, Illinois and Missouri
A special place for all bird watchers
Yosemite GrantSpotlight: Yosemite National Park, California
Inspiring Generations for 150 Years: Yosemite Grant Act 1864-2014
Red Rock Canyon NRAGreat Outdoors Month
Plenty to love about getting outside!
Timpanogos CaveSpotlight: Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Utah
Tickets for popular ranger-led cave tours are available online.
Cabrillo FestivalSpotlight: Cabrillo National Monument
Catch sight of a whale, discover life in tidepools and celebrate five centuries of history-- just minutes from downtown San Diego!
Fire SafetyTips for Fire Safety in the Outdoors
Be aware, prepare and douse the flames!
Erie CanalSpotlight: The “Great Loop” — Where Boaters can Circumnavigate Eastern North America
“Loopers” travel 5,000 to 7,500 miles (8,047 to 12,070 km) depending on the route
San Fran BaySpotlight: San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, California
Take a three-hour tour on the Alma to experience the past and take in the views
Cape Cod National SeashoreSpotlight: Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts
Yoga on the beach, guided hikes, biking, boating, surfing and so much more…
Wolf TrapSpotlight: Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, Virginia
Listen, watch, or sing-along as performers take to the stage each summer at the only national park dedicated to the performing arts
crater southsideSpotlight: “The Saddest Affair”— Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, Virginia
Visit the scene of this single most famous battle during the American Civil War's 292-day siege of Petersburg
Thunder Bay half and halfSpotlight: Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Michigan
Sunken treasures and jewels of maritime history await you in the Great Lakes
Pompeys PillarSpotlight: Pompeys Pillar National Monument and Clark Days
Experience the view Captain William Clark witnessed more than 200 years ago.