Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
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.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
Secretary Salazar Unveils Ansel Adams Murals at the Department of the Interior
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Last edited 8/4/2015
WASHINGTON, DC – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today unveiled an exhibit within the corridors of the Department of the Interior of 26 never-before installed murals taken by famed photographer and conservationist Ansel Adams. The images, part of the Ansel Adams: The Mural Project 1941-1942, have been installed on the first and second floors of the Department as originally envisioned by the artist and then-Secretary of the Interior, Harold Ickes.
“Through Adams' artistry, he demonstrated not only the ‘grandeur and influence of the Natural Scene' – as he so eloquently put it – but the benefits of conservation, sound direction, and stewardship of those resources,” said Secretary Salazar. Secretary Ickes first met Adams at a 1936 conference on the future of national and state parks. A keen student of both conservation and art, Ickes soon thereafter acquired Adams' mural-sized triptych, Leaves, for display in his personal office.
So impressed was Ickes with the photographer, he commissioned the artist in 1941 to produce a series of photographic murals for installation in the new Department headquarters. With the advent of World War II, the Department canceled the project and never installed Adams' photographs.
The spectacular images were taken at some of the American West's most iconic sites including the Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Yellowstone, and Glacier National Parks as well as Boulder Dam. There are also captivating images of Navajo and Pueblo Indians.
Upon taking office, Secretary Salazar directed the installation within the corridors of the Main Interior Building. “It is my hope that visitors from across our great nation now will have a chance to see the blessings of America's great outdoors through the lens of one of America's greatest artists”
The original photographs (signed exhibition copy by Adams) are stored at the National Archives to ensure their preservation and protection.
A photo slide show of the prints will be available on our website at www.doi.gov at 6:30pm EST.