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Pack Your Bags - We’re Going on a Roadtrip!

The BLM manages over 245+ million acres of amazing public lands and resources. Today, we’re kicking off the #mypubliclands Weird and Wild Summer Roadtrip to visit those lands throughout the summer.

Moving east to west, we’ll spend a week in each state or group of states where the BLM manages lands, mostly in the west. Along the way, we’ll visit breathtaking wild landscapes, explore one-of-a kind and sometimes weird resources and events, and go behind-the-scenes with employees in the field. From ghost towns to Burning Man to bat research, we’ll have something for everyone.

You can read individual roadtrip posts here, and then track our progress all summer on http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/roadtrip. We’ll add our “stops” to the map along the way, in real time. 

And we’re inviting you to participate through weekly Instagram challenges! Each Monday through Saturday of the summer, tag your photos with #mypubliclandsroadtrip, and we’ll post our favorites each Sunday.  Learn the rules of the road on http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/roadtripinstagram.  

Join us tomorrow morning as we head out for a stop in Maryland and then down to the Florida coast!  

Buenos días!! #goodmorning #getoutside #outdoors #mountain #landscapes #instarunning #instarun #instarunners #igersrunners #runitfast #runbag #run4live #runnerspace #runners #runner #training #workout #sports #exercise #photooftheday #trailrunning #trailrunner #trail #trailrun #run #running #furtherfasterforever #iwentforarun #picoftheday #theredhatrunner. 📷 @marythortson

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#mypubliclandsroadtrip Preview - #milkyway over the #saltflats

On Monday, June 1, we’re kicking off the My Public Lands Weird and Wild Summer Roadtrip.  The BLM manages more then 245 million breathtaking acres of public lands with some of the most unusual resources and events in the nation.  From ghost towns to dogsledding to Burning Man, BLM lands have unique, off-the-beaten path places that are worth the trip!

One of those places - the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The Bonneville Salt Flats are a 30,000 acre expanse of hard, white salt crust on the western edge of the Great Salt Lake basin in Utah. “Bonneville” is also on the National Register of Historic Landmarks because of its contribution to land speed racing. The salt flats are about 12 miles long and 5 miles wide with total area coverage of just over 46 square miles. Total salt crust volume has been estimated at 147 million tons or 99 million cubic yards of salt!

Featured here, amazing photos by Instagram @iloveutah and @irockutah from the recent Steller Salt Flats Meetup #stellersaltflats2015. Thanks to Steller and the meetup crew for sharing the photos and for featuring this amazing BLM location. Check out more photos from the meetup at https://steller.co/s/4Tubt3ueCjn.

Join us Monday and all summer for a road trip like no other.  Whether you want landscapes, science, history or something completely different, we’ll have something for everyone!

If I had to choose something tangible to worship, let it be the earth. Let me thank the golden sun and the reaching green grass. Let me float in the ocean and feel the power of the moon. Let me find strength in the old rocks that have banded together to form the ancient mountains. The gods and goddesses of shifting seasons. Those are my gods and goddesses. Happy Earth Day 🌍💙🌐🌀#explore #getoutside #earthday2015 #nature #peru #templeofthemoon (at Sasqayhuaman- Temple of the Moon)

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BLM Lands Among Most Amazing Hidden Gems

Four beautiful BLM locations were highlighted in the Weather Channel’s recent feature - Most Amazing Hidden Gem in Every State:  

  • Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado; 
  • Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in New Mexico; 
  • Rio Grande National Monument in New Mexico (labeled Texas); and 
  • Black Sands Beach/Shelter Cove within the King Range National Conservation Area in California.

CLICK HERE to view the entire set. 

Photos by Bob Wick, BLM

A perfect end to a perfect day out in #Kananaskis. #KCountry #ExploreMore #River #ExploreAlberta #GetOutside #AdventureAlberta #Alberta #Canada #NeverStopExploring #Instanature #Landscape #Scenery #Wanderlust #WildernessCulture #Wild #Mountains #MountainCulture #MountainViews

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This year marks an important milestone for the BLM’s National Conservation Lands – America’s newest conservation system turns 15! These lands include 30 million acres of National Monuments, National Conservation Areas, Wilderness Areas, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Scenic and Historic Trails, and Conservation Lands of the California Desert.

We invite you to celebrate with us, and VISIT, SHARE, and SUPPORT your National Conservation Lands throughout the year.

VISIT any of the anniversary events or some of the 874 sites in the system of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands. Find an event

SHARE your experiences on National Conservation Lands with hashtag #conservationlands15 on social media. View the Twitter conversation

SUPPORT National Conservation Lands through service opportunities and volunteer events. Learn about how you can get involved