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BLM Winter Bucket List #23: Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona, for Spectacular Geologic Features and Superbowl 49

This month, Phoenix, Arizona, is a buzz with #superbowl news.  As the state prepares for the big event, we’ll share information about beautiful public lands just outside of the city and others worth a day trip - like Vermilion Cliffs.

Located on the Colorado Plateau in northern Arizona, the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument 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. 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. 

Whether you’re heading to the #superbowl or just want an unforgettable outdoor experience, Vermilion Cliffs is a must see! http://bit.ly/vermilioncliffs

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist

BLM Winter Bucket List 22: Eagletail Mountains Wilderness, Arizona, for Hikes with Dramatic Scenery The 97,880-acre Eagletail Mountains Wilderness, a part of the National Conservation Lands, is about 65 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona. The wilderness includes 15 miles of the Eagletail Mountains ridge-line to the north, Cemetery Ridge to the south, and a large desert plain area between the two ridge-lines. The magnificent rocky spires and beauty of the Eagletail Mountains Wilderness can be explored along the Ben Avery Trail. Originally an old jeep route, the trail winds south into a wash and then to the bluffs next to Indian Spring. A climb up the hillside to the west reveals the dramatic scenery of the Eagletail Mountains, including two natural arches. The best seasons to hike the trail are fall, winter, and spring. Photos by Bob Wick, BLMs by scottkraenz1966 // via Instagram http://ift.tt/1xEHKcy

Horses in the Wilderness by BLMOregon on Flickr.

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On this day in 2011, the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona, Agua Fria National Monument in Arizona, and the California Coastal National Monument in California were designated through Presidential proclamation. All three monuments are a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands.

Pictured here, the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument - managed jointly by BLM and National Park Service - is a vast, biologically diverse landscape encompassing an array of scientific and historic objects. Valuable geological resources are located within the Monument boundaries, including relatively undeformed and unobscured Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary rock layers and abundant fossils, which offer a clear view of the geologic history of the Colorado Plateau. The Monument also contains outstanding biological resources including giant Mojave yucca, trophy-quality mule deer, California condor, desert tortoise, and southwestern willow flycatcher.
Photo by Bob Wick, BLM

#landscape #Arizona #California #monumentsmatter #nationalconservationlands #nationalparksservice #mypubliclands #scenic #happybirthday #geological #wildlife #travel #history #onthisday #instagood #instacool #photooftheday #SeeBLM

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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.

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BLM Winter Bucket List 21: Visit King Range National Conservation Area, California, for Solitude along the Lost Coast

Perched along California’s far northern coast is an area of Douglas-fir clad peaks and rushing streams bypassed by civilization. The focal point of this “Lost Coast” is the 68,000-acre BLM managed King Range National Conservation Area. Those who come prepared for the weather can enjoy solitude in a spectacular setting of 4,000 foot peaks jutting straight from the sea.
The rocky coast in the small community of Shelter Cove offers great spots to view storm waves (keep back a safe distance from the ocean). More than 100 miles of trails offer many options for day hiking opportunities. Backpacking, a very popular pastime here the rest of the year, is also possible in winter, but storms can make trails impassible from high water crossings, so pay attention to the weather. Expert surfers strap boards to their packs and hike miles into the coastal wilderness to access one of the best point breaks on the west coast. The King Range is five hours north of San Francisco and a world apart.
Thank you for following our first #conservationlands15 day! As a bonus, you can download desktop wallpaper of the King Range; photo by Bob Wick. Just visit our Flickr site: http://bit.ly/1x7ZAFV.
#landscape #California #kingrange #coast #ocean #mountains #scenic #travel #rugged #explore #nationalconservationlands #mypubliclands #hike #getoutdoors #getoutside #photooftheday #SeeBLM

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#bornwild: BLM’s National Conservation Lands

Fifty years ago today, the Wilderness Act was signed, making the United States the first country in the world to define and designate wilderness areas through law. Today, the Bureau of Land Management manages wilderness as a part of its mission under the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, through our National Conservation Lands.

In 1983, Congress designated the BLM’s first wilderness: the Bear Trap Canyon Wilderness unit of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness in Montana. Since then, Congress has designated 221 BLM Wilderness areas encompassing 8.7 million acres, including the 1994 passage of the California Desert Protection Act which created 69 wilderness areas in California. Another 528 WSAs remain, totaling 12.7 million acres. 

The BLM’s management of diverse wilderness includes offshore rocks, deserts, canyons and alpine tundra. And because the BLM manages the most public land of any Federal agency, wilderness designations can be massive. For example, the BLM’s largest wilderness is Nevada’s 315,000-acre Black Rock Desert Wilderness. Along the California coast, the King Range Wilderness has the longest coastal wilderness trail network in the country, more than 100 miles. These lands offer clean water; starry skies; pristine wildlife habitat; and open vistas that the public and BLM employees treasure.  

Follow along all month as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act!  And check out more beautiful wilderness photos in the #wilderness50 set on our My Public Lands Flickr: http://bit.ly/blmwilderness50

More love for America’s newest National Monument! Curated photos on the Flickr blog- simply breathtaking.

New U.S. National Monument in New Mexico | Flickr Blog

On May 21, 2014, a nearly 500,000-acre area in the southern part of New Mexico was designated by President Barack Obama as the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument. Now protected by the Bureau of Land Management, it features picturesque mountain ranges, the Kilbourne Hole, historical sites…

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#ActOnClimate because our kids and grandkids should be able to enjoy beautiful places like these.

The EPA today released a proposal that will set the first-ever national carbon pollution standards limits for America’s existing power plants. Find out how the rules will make our communities healthier, and learn more about the President’s plan to cut carbon pollution in America.

Today, post photos of your favorite places, of places where you and your family get outdoors, and tag with #ActOnClimate.  We’ll post our favorites here on My Public Lands Tumblr!

View more beautiful BLM-managed places on the BLM’s My Public Lands Flickr site; photos here by Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist.

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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

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BLM Winter Bucket List #27: Sonoran Desert National Monument, Arizona, for Day Hikes Among the Saguaro 

The Sonoran Desert National Monument, a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, contains more than 487,000 acres of Sonoran Desert landscape. In the most biologically diverse of the North American deserts, the Sonoran Desert National Monument includes an extensive saguaro cactus forest and three distinct mountain ranges - the Maricopa, Sand Tank, and Table Top Mountains. The monument is also home to three congressionally-designated wilderness areas, many significant archaeological and historic sites, and remnants of several important historic trails. 

CLICK HERE to plan your visit, a great day trip from Phoenix and Superbowl 49 Central. #tacklethewild #SeeBLM

Photos by BLMer Bob Wick

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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: http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/tagged/bucket%20list

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Celebrating Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s Golden Birthday! 

The vast and austere landscape of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) offers a spectacular array of scientific and historic resources. Encompassing 1.9 million acres, the Monument was created on September 18, 1996 by presidential proclamation – the first monument entrusted to BLM management. World-class dinosaur excavations have yielded more information about ecosystem change at the end of the dinosaur era than almost any other place in the world. Among the fossil finds, paleontologists have identified dinosaurs not previously known to have inhabited this region, as well as several new species.

The vast landscapes of GSENM offers visitors a variety of recreational opportunities for a wide range of users. From the solitude of lonesome canyons to the excitement of winding rugged backways, the Monument is truly a treasure.

Plan your visit and learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1fJIy7a

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM 

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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!

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BLM Winter Bucket List #25: Agua Fria National Monument, Arizona, for a Natural and Historic Getaway near Superbowl 49

The 70,900-acre Agua Fria National Monument, a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, is approximately 40 miles north of Phoenix, just a short drive from Superbowl 49 central next week.

The area is located on a high mesa semi-desert grassland, cut by the canyon of the Agua Fria River and other ribbons of valuable riparian forest. The diversity of vegetative communities, topographic features, and a dormant volcano decorates the landscape with a big rocky, basaltic plateau. The Agua Fria River canyon cuts through this plateau exposing precambrian rock along the canyon walls, offering one of the most significant systems of prehistoric sites in the American Southwest. In addition to the rich record of human history, the monument contains outstanding wildlife and biological resources.

This habitat provides visitors with a wide variety of activities within the monument, from exploring cultural sites to viewing wildlife to hiking scenic trails.  The monument is a great natural and historic getaway less than an hour from the city. 

CLICK HERE to learn more and plan a visit.  

Photos by BLMer Bob Wick

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On this day in 2001, the Carrizo Plain, Sonoran Desert, Pompeys Pillar, Upper Missouri River Breaks, and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monuments were established by Presidential Proclamation. 

CLICK HERE to learn more about the national monuments managed by the BLM’s National Conservation Lands.

Photo by Bob Wick, BLM