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, 10,000 developed recreation sites, 57,000 miles of streams, 122 alpine ski areas, 338,000 heritage sites, and specially designated sites that include 9,100 miles of byways, 22 recreation areas, 11 scenic areas, 439 wilderness areas, 122 wild and scenic rivers, nine monuments, and one preserve. And remember, “It’s All Yours.”
South Tufa, Inyo National Forest
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.
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.
The National Monument is the heaviest used area on the Angeles National Forest, which receives more than 4 million visitors per year. This number is expected to increase now that the area has been designated a national monument. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, off-highway vehicle use, fishing, hang-gliding, hunting and picnicking are just a few of the recreational activities on the monument.