A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Photos: New Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument
Secretary Salazar participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate a new Quarry Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar takes a hard-hat tour of the new Quarry Exhibit Hall. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar chats with a construction worker. The Visitor Center is in the final stages of construction completion, the new exhibit hall is expected to open to the public on October 4. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
Secretary Salazar speaks to construction workers at Quarry Exhibit Hall. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
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Secretary Salazar participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially dedicate a new 7,595-square foot Quarry Visitor Center at Dinosaur National Monument, on the border of Colorado and Utah. A recipient of construction funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the new visitor center will feature exhibits explaining the monument and its features, an auditorium for programs and viewing of park films, a monument information desk, and the park bookstore.