A bull caribou takes an evening stroll down the park road a few nights ago with Denali in the background.
Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit
The last light of the day melts into the Flathead River in Glacier National Park.
Photo: National Park Service
The scenic quality of the Handies Peak Wilderness Study Area in Colorado is outstanding due to the interaction of mountainous landforms; multi-colored rock strata; diverse vegetation; and vast, open vistas. Handies Peak itself rises 14048 feet over the area and is the highest point of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management outside of Alaska. This WSA also hosts 12 other peaks that rise over 13,000 feet, three major canyons, numerous small drainages, glacial cirques and three alpine lakes. The geomorphology shows a variety of volcanic, glacial and Precambrian formations. A rock glacier formation is also located at the head of American Basin.
Vegetation consists mainly of mixed sprice, fir, aspen, alpine grasses, sedges, and forbs. Fauna includes elk, deer, black bear, various small mammals, bighorn sheep, and very rarely, mountain goats.
Recreation activities include hiking, backpacking, camping, mountain climbing, and photography. Please note that though unconfined recreation is encouraged in WSAs, specific types of recreation may be barred from a specific area to prevent degradation of natural conditions.
Plan your trip: http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/BLM_Programs/national_landscape/wilderness_study_areas/handies_peak.html
Photo: Bob Wick, BLM California — at Bureau of Land Management - Colorado.
"If it isn’t God’s backyard, then he certainly lives nearby." - Robin Williams on Glacier National Park. RIP
Photo: Kim Hang Dessoliers
There is some excellent stargazing to be had in the Pole Creek Wilderness, Idaho.
Photo: Bob Wick
Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons in North Cascades National Park. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth’s changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades.
Photo: Jim Armstrong (www.sharetheexperience.org)