It’s National Get Outdoors Day!  Why not celebrate on any of the more than 245 million acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, like the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana?

The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument holds a spectacular array of plant life, wildlife, unique geological features, endless recreational opportunities and significant historical and cultural values. The rugged landscape has retained much of its unspoiled character over the centuries and, as a result, offers outstanding opportunities for solitude and dispersed recreation.

The 149-mile Upper Missouri National Wild and Scenic River flows through the monument. The land and the rugged, surrounding uplands (commonly call the Missouri Breaks) are defined in part by their history. The entire region was the homeland and lifeblood of American Indians. The river served as the pathway for Lewis and Clark, then the waterway for steamboats and a drawing card for fur trappers and traders. Later, the river and the Missouri Breaks were sanctuaries for desperados trying to stay a step ahead of the law. The land was also a source of hope and inspiration for several generations of homesteaders. Today the public lands in the monument make a significant contribution to the local lifestyle and the regional economy.

Within the monument you can float the river, fish, hike, hunt, drive for pleasure, find a little solitude, enjoy a sense of exploration or simply marvel at the variety of resources around you. If you cannot float the Upper Missouri or visit the backcountry, you’ll still be able to experience the cultural and natural history of the monument at the Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center at 701 7th Street, Fort Benton, Montana.

For more information, visit

Photos by Bob Wick

#Repost from @instigatorkitty with Pumpkin pickin’ for kids at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House 1820 Flushing Ave Oct 12 noon. Just one day rain or shine. Family-bike friendly. Colonial crafts. L train to Jefferson St. #Ridgewoodny #queensny #pumpkins #dutchcolonial #historicnyc #Oldnyc #Timeoutny #Ridgewoodqueens #dnafocus #bwick #Bushwick #onderdonkhouse (at The Vander-Ende Onderdonk House)

California Coastal National Monument at Crescent City, California — Bob Wick, Instagram Guest Photographer 

About the photo: Using a very slow shutter speed (several seconds or more) softens moving water and helps convey a sense of movement.  In addition to using this technique on rivers and waterfalls, it works great to capture ocean and large lake waves as shown here on California’s far north Coast. This image was taken in Crescent City, the northernmost town along the 1,100 mile California Coastal National Monument. The National Monument and the tall trees in nearby Redwood National Park make this a photographers paradise.

Camera Settings: Lens focal length: 70mm, aperture: f22, shutter speed: 6 seconds, ISO 50


Happy Anniversary Antiquities Act!

On June 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act into law, which authorized all future presidents to protect historic landmarks or objects of “scientific interest” on public lands as national monuments.

While most national monuments are established by the President, Congress also has established national monuments protecting natural or historic features. Since 1906, the President and Congress have created more than 100 national monuments. They are currently managed by multiple agencies, including the National Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management.

The photo collection here reflects the diversity and beauty of the BLM-managed national monuments, a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. Photos by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist.

The California Desert is certainly full of surprises. I took this photo on BLM lands in the Silurian Valley in the very dry floodplain of Salt Creek.  Seeing that this is a major drought year, I was completely surprised to see anything blooming anywhere, let alone in one of the driest parts of the desert, not far from Death Valley.  There was a flash flood here last summer and that must have added enough moisture to allow the flowers to sprout.

This is a beautiful valley that drains north into the Amargosa Wild and Scenic River.  The lower part of Salt Creek (about 10 miles north of here) is perennial and provides great wildlife habitat (especially birds) so is an Area of Critical of Environmental Concern (ACEC).  Once you get away from the highway,  the area looks much the way it did when the Old Spanish Trail was the main thoroughfare through the area.

-Bob Wick, BLM-California


Today we celebrate national “Take Your Pants for a Walk Day”  ……

Yes, really.  And it’s easy.  Just put on some pants and #getoutdoors - from #backyard2backcountry.  Here are a just a few of our favorite BLM-managed lands for walking, hiking, biking and more.

Check out last summer’s bucket list posts to learn more about these and other amazing BLM-managed lands:


On this day in 1999, BLM Colorado’s Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area and Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area were designated.

Just north of Montrose in west-central Colorado lies the Gunnison Gorge NCA, a diverse landscape ranging from adobe badlands to rugged piñon and juniper-covered slopes. At the heart of the NCA, the Gunnison Gorge Wilderness Area encompasses a spectacular black granite and red sandstone double canyon formed by the Gunnison River.

For more information visit:

Photos: Bob Wick, Wilderness Specialist for BLM’s National Conservation Lands


The Wilderness Society recently published Desert showcase: A look at America’s desert wilderness areas, a great article about the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act that features 11 “stunning American desert wilderness areas.”

Seven of the 11 places are managed by the Bureau of Land Management. And the BLM-managed Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in New Mexico tops the list.

Read the full article and learn more about your American wilderness areas!


Happy Birthday, Wyoming! 

On this day in history, Wyoming became the 44th state in 1890. The Bureau of Land Management administers more than 17.5 million acres of public lands and 40.7 million acres of federal mineral estate in Wyoming.

The state’s rugged and historic lands are rich in legend of outlaw activity in the late 1800s, most notably Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch Gang. BLM Wyoming manages the Middle Fork, Hole in the Wall and other infamous western sites as well as the longest and most intact segments of the National Historic Trails System which includes 1400 miles of the Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, California, Pony Express and Nez Perce trails

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Wyoming is a cooperative partnership between BLM, the National Historic Trails Center Foundation and the City of Casper. The Trails Center interprets the significant role of the area’s historic trails in the history of the United States, and seeks to promote public understanding of both America’s western Native cultures and historic westward expansion while highlighting BLM’s role as active stewards of public lands.