No filters here folks… just amazing photos captured by the U.S. Department of the Interior. All these photos were taken by individuals who either work for or who have shared their photos with @usinterior on Instagram. If you’re not following them yet you should if you like seeing awesome photos of our great country. Search for “usinterior” next time you’re logged into your instagram app. You won’t be sorry.
Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge consists of a portion of 870 islands, rocks, and reefs extending for more than 100 miles along Washington’s coast from CapeFlattery to CopalisBeach. These islands are protected from human disturbance, yet are close to abundant ocean food sources. They are a vital sanctuary where 14 species of seabirds nest.
Snow capped Lassen Peak lit by moon light in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lassen is home to smoking fumaroles, meadows freckled with wildflowers, clear mountain lakes, and numerous volcanoes. Jagged peaks tell the story of its eruptive past while hot water continues to mold the land.
Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forest, and shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four season outdoor opportunities abound.
Big storms have been moving over western Colorado and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast.
This photo was taken on Skyline Rim near Factory Butte. It’s a great scenic overlook of the deserts of eastern Utah and provides a great view of the Henry Mountains
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1931 to provide wintering habitat for migratory birds. It is one of the oldest refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Early morning and waiting for the sunrise at Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park.
Adam Schallau captured this amazing photo of the Grand Canyon.
Roland Taylor captured this sweet shot of the Upper Missouri National Wild River.
Roland took this shot too of Lake Sherburne in Glacier National Park, Montana.
Did you know there is a National Park of American Samoa where you can enjoy beaches and views like this? It’s true! The park preserves and protects unique paleotropical rainforests, coral reefs, fruit bats, and the Samoan culture.
Sunset at Great Fountain Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.
Truly spectacular photo by Curtis Kautzer of Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
Aurora Borealis over the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. Photo by Jacob W. Frank
Foggy morning face-off. Two young bull moose testing each other in Tobin Harbor in Isle Royale National Park. They locked horns and did a little pushing and shoving, but no real damage was done to either. Fantastic!
The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee by Dan Sherman.
Another perfect sunset over Bone Yard Beach on Bulls Island in Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge in South Carolina.
Cool shot of a rainbow hovering over Denali National Park in beautiful Alaska!
Hats off to all the photographers out there who are capturing these beautiful images. They are truly a highlight when you’re on instagram.