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Your national forests and grasslands are 193 million acres of vast, scenic beauty waiting for you to discover. Visitors who choose to recreate on these public lands find more than 150,000 miles of trails, which includes hiking, biking, equestrian and motorized trails, and more than 10,000 developed recreation sites. Visitors also have a wide choice of recreational activities with 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, 9,100 miles of National Scenic Byways, 22 National Recreation Areas, 11 National Scenic Areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 Wild and Scenic Rivers, seven National Monuments, and one national preserve. These destinations are just a small slice of all that fun!

Looking like a cross between a science fiction landscape and something out of a Dr. Seuss book, the tufa towers of Mono Lake are a strange sight to behold. Emerging from salty, alkaline waters, these bizarre looking limestone formations are best explored by kayak or canoe at South Tufa. Raising from the Lake Tufa is a special type of limestone that forms when dissolved minerals in underground freshwater springs mix with minerals found in alkaline lake water. Tufa is found in many forms, but the...
As you stroll past colorful patches of wildflowers, a hummingbird flits past your ear. Turtles in a nearby pond dive shyly underwater as you make your way down the path. As the sun sets, a group of coyotes howl nearby. The Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, about 90 miles north of Nashville, Tenn.  in Western Kentucky, is an animal lover’s paradise. Nestled between Honker and Hematite lakes, the Woodlands Nature Station is a great stop for nature enthusiasts of all ages. The...
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