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BLMer Bob Wick shared these supermoon-eclipse shots from yesterday evening at Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument in California. The trees in the foreground are blue-oak woodlands which are iconic in this Monument. 

Thanks for sharing, Bob!

Handies Peak Wilderness Study Area in Colorado is breathtaking in the summer. Handies Peak rises 14,048 feet over the area, and this vibrant wilderness also hosts three major canyons, glacial cirques and three alpine lakes. Handies Peak is one of more than 500 wilderness study areas – lands unspoiled by roads or other development that provide outstanding opportunities for solitude. Photo by Bob Wick, @mypubliclands.



Once again, we celebrate May 4th or Star Wars Day with photos from Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area in California. For years, Star Wars enthusiasts have ventured to the BLM’s Imperial Sand Dunes to visit the filming location of the opening scenes of Return of the Jedi.  The Imperial Sand Dunes are the largest dune mass in California.  Formed by windblown sands of ancient Lake Cahuilla, the dunes create an out-of-this-world landscape ideal for Hollywood film backdrops and are known as an off-roading mecca.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Imperial Sand Dunes.

White Pocket is in a remote section of Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona. Home to extraordinary sandstone formations, it is popular with photographers intrepid enough to explore it. Under a deep blue sky, the red and white swirls form an amazing contrast, and if you get lucky enough to find a puddle after a rainstorm, you might get a picture of a lifetime. Photo by Jessica Fridrich (

Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park, as as seen from the BLM’s Alabama Hills Recreation Area. The vertical rise from nearby town of Lone Pine in the Eastern Sierra to Mount Whitney is 10,778 feet! #mypubliclands #blm #sequoianationalpark #easternsierra #optoutside #outdoorsUSA #visitcalifornia #getoutstayout #adventurers #travel #photography (at Alabama Hills Recreation Area)

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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

As if Fantasy Canyon isn’t already a great name, this remote wonderland in Utah has also been called “The Devil’s Playground” and “Hades Pit.” Off the beaten path of more famous Southwestern sites, Fantasy Canyon is protected by the Bureau of Land Management and boasts some of the most amazing erosional features you will ever see. Sunrise photo courtesy of Brock Slinger.


The Montana Wilderness Association has a great new resource for all who are looking to explore wild Montana:

One of our favorite BLM Wild Montana places is the Terry Badlands (pictured).  Click here for a trail description, directions, and more details, and start planning your next adventure.

See you on the trail!

Photos credit Forrest Theisen.