This past week our @mypubliclands Instagram account shared photos of and from BLM firefighters - we are beyond thankful for their hard-work and service! Thanks for following this week and learning more about NIFC.

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The Perseid Meteor Shower didn’t disappoint last night in Utah’s Valley of the Gods, where 500+ foot rock spires offered a great foreground.  BLMer Bob Wick took the starry photo of the area last night and the day shots earlier in the week. A scenic loop tour travels through the spectacular sandstone formations – accessible to a passenger car in dry conditions.  #weekendinspiration


Ending the day with a few colorful sunrise shots from Slinkard Wilderness Study Area in California - taken by BLMer Bob Wick this morning. The view - from a 9,000 foot peak just south of Monitor Pass - looks towards Topaz Lake, Nevada. A different perspective of Nevada for our #mypubliclandsroadtrip.

Although the winter had record low precipitation levels in the Sierra, moisture in late spring and summer has resulted in a good wildflower bloom. A note from Bob: I not adjust the color saturation on this; it was just one of those “saturated” mornings!


From our family to yours – mom and BLMer Rachel Sowards Thompson shares one of her family favorites on today’s #mypubliclandsroadtrip!

“As a mother, I love weekends hiking or camping in the King Range National Conservation Area with my boys (ages 1 ½ and 3 ½). We also love to bring along our neighbors girls (ages 8 and 12) to add some extra adventure.

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#traveltuesday – beautiful new shots from Moab taken last weekend by BLMer Bob Wick.

Corona Arch in Utah is a free standing arch with a 140 by 105 foot opening. Corona and adjoining Bowtie Arch are a popular hike located just 20 minutes from Moab.  The 1.5 mile trail climbs 400 feet. Note that there are two short stretches of steeper slick rock, but cables and footholds are provided.

The Highway 128 corridor follows the Colorado River corridor through slick rock canyons east of Moab. The area is a recreation mecca with a paved bike trail (western part of the corridor), numerous campgrounds, trails, and flatwater boating opportunities. About 30 miles east of Moab, the canyon opens up into Castle Valley with its numerous spectacular rock formations – including Fisher Towers. The towers are renowned as photo subjects and  also provide for challenging rock climbs.  The BLM provides a picnic site at the base of the towers and a 2.2 mile trail offers close up views.  A definite bucket list location!


Thanks to @cynrk for the note about Arizona’s birthday!

While younger than Oregon (statehood in 1912), equally amazing in very different ways.  Our post highlights some of the most interesting things about BLM Arizona public lands - petroglyphs, unique wildlife, cool cactus and other plants, out-of-this world geologic formations and so much more.  A lot to love about Arizona on Valentine’s Day.

Photos by BLMer Bob Wick

Not much better than a starry night and sunrise together over a beautiful Idaho landscape!

This morning, BLMer Bob Wick shared this shot with the following note: “Caught this at 4:30 AM at Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, just as the moon was setting and right before dawn started breaking.”


Celebrate National #TakeAHikeDay by Exploring Your Public Lands!

Visitors enjoy countless types of outdoor adventure – not just hiking – on the approximately 250 million acres of BLM-managed public lands in the United States.

In an increasingly urbanized West, these recreational opportunities in beautiful natural landscapes are vital to the quality of life enjoyed by residents of western states, as well as national and international visitors.

Photos by BLMer Bob Wick.


Mesas and canyons, cholla and barrel cactus, sky and springs, peace and quiet.

This is Warm Springs Wilderness. The 112,400-acre Wilderness is located in Mohave County, 30 miles southwest of Kingman, Arizona and 30 miles north of Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The Warm Springs Wilderness encircles an immense and pristine desert landscape. One thousand feet above the surrounding desert, the 10-mile long Black Mesa dominates the Wilderness. Its edges are dissected into a maze of winding canyons. Remnant mesas and isolated hills dot a vast encircling alluvial apron.The diverse zoologic and geologic features offer outstanding opportunities for primitive recreation. Water at Warm Springs and other springs allow for extended camping trips. Horseback riding and hiking are further enhanced by the presence of an old historic trail and numerous burro trails. In the spring following a wet winter, this area unveils a notably colorful wildflower display, including ocotillos, blooming annuals, shrubs, and cactus.

Happy Wilderness Wednesday! Photos by BLMer Justin Robbins.


Sharing one of our favorites from last year’s Winter Bucket List Series - Cosumnes River Preserve in California, for the Trumpet and Dance of the Sandhill Crane.

The Cosumnes River Preserve is home to California’s largest remaining valley oak riparian forest, and is one of the few protected wetland habitat areas in the state.

Nestled in the heart of California’s Central Valley, the Preserve is a critical stop on the Pacific Flyway for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Over 250 species of birds have been sighted on or near the Preserve, including the Swainson hawk, Canada geese, numerous ducks, and Sandhill cranes.

Sandhill cranes - gray-colored birds with red caps - stand up to 5 feet tall and have a wing span of 6 to 7 feet. They fly in for winter to fatten up, and perform acrobatic mating dances.  A must for the bucket list of any bird watcher. Photos by BLMer Bob Wick.

A video posted by Bureau of Land Management (@mypubliclands) on Nov 25, 2015 at 9:40am PST

If you missed this series last year visit our My Public Lands Flickr for more locations ready-made for everyone’s bucket list - for spectacular winter scenery, unique features and events, and even a few warmer locations for a winter getaway.


This Travel Tuesday, Take a Hike among Saguaro at the Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona.

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.

Photos by BLMer Bob Wick


Ending the weekend with a #NatureSelfie of BLMer Bob Wick (middle photo) along with a few Wick photos of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. 

This remote and unspoiled 280,000-acre Monument - a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands - contains a diversity of geologic landscapes from the Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon.

Share your own #NatureSelfie this week for #EarthDay!


It doesn’t get much better than colorful skies over the rugged mountains of New Mexico.  

The White Mesa Trail system offers amazing scenery and an array of challenging single track for intermediate to advanced riders.  The photo from the top of the mesa looks towards Albuquerque and Sandia Peak in the background. After a group of thunderstorms rolled through the area last night, the almost full moon broke through the pink clouds just after sunset.

The hoodoo shot from Ojito Wilderness is an easy ¾ mile hike from the trailhead along Cabezon Road.  The trail is marked with cairns and ascends a gradual grade to two areas of hoodoos backed by colorful mesas and twisted ponderosa pines.

Both areas are located about 45 minutes from Albuquerque and offer outstanding recreation opportunities close to town.

New photos by BLMer Bob Wick.


A little Monday motivation from your public lands – snow dusts falls over the Eastern Sierra. BLMer Bob Wick took these photos of Bodie Hills Wilderness and Conway Summit in BLM California several years ago.  Some of our favorite photos of the area!  #SeeBLM


#weekendinspiration… let’s go bird watching!

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area (ONA) in southeastern Florida has average daily temperatures in the high 70’s. With balmy air temperatures and a warm ocean (around 78 degrees this time of year), the ONA makes a great escape to year-round summer on public lands. As a bonus, kayaking the ONA’s shoreline and exploring its lagoon offer unique views of the lighthouse and the opportunity to get close to manatees - who spend their winters at Jupiter. This stunning area also provides endless opportunities for bird watching!

Photos by BLMer Bob Wick.

Beautiful winter view of the Big Southern Butte in Idaho by local photographer James Neeley. Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views.

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Ending today with starry skies over BLM California’s Slinkard Wilderness Study Area by BLMer Bob Wick! The Slinkard WSA is located in northern Mono County and northeastern Alpine County and includes approximately 6,268 acres. This WSA lies at the extreme eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada, consists of mountain ranges and canyons and has an elevation ranging from 6,800 feet to 8,938 feet.


Ending public service recognition week with a post from new BLMer Mike Richardson.

At the end of my first week on the job as a BLMer, I found myself sitting on the San Rafael Swell Wedge overlook in Emery County, Utah.

Although I had been a BLMer for only seven days, I was filled with pride to be a part of an organization committed to preserving America’s public lands for uses as diverse as the lands themselves.  I found myself inspired to be a member of a team devoted to managing our country’s iconic landscapes for everything from ranching and energy development to backcountry solitude, recreation and so much more in between.

I grew up in an outdoor family that valued public lands and was fortunate to spend time in the West enjoying many of America’s extraordinary places, but a love of country beckoned me to serve in the Armed Forces.  I completed multiple combat tours both in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, and my military experiences reaffirmed my desire to live and work in an area that could provide my own children with the same extraordinary outdoor opportunities I enjoyed as a youth.  Working for the BLM allows me to show my own family just how unique and special America’s public lands are and to positively contribute to the management of these incredible spaces.  

Continuing to serve my country and the American people by being part of the BLM team is an incredible honor.  As I sat gazing out on the breathtaking vista of Utah’s San Rafael Swell, I couldn’t help but think, “This is what freedom feels like.  It’s good to be home.”