Only a spectacular sunrise can hope to match the natural artistry of Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The rugged beauty of this unique landscape draws visitors from around the world to enjoy the sights and explore one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Photo by Jerry Smith. Tweeted by the US Department of the Interior, 4/1/16.
Sacred to more than a dozen Native American tribes, Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming was originally called “Bear’s Lodge” or “Bear’s Tipi.” Its otherworldly appearance played a role in origin stories and the legends of heroes. Rising 600 feet above the surrounding plains, it is an impressive and moving sight. Photo of a lightning strike over the monument by Judit Fabian. Posted on Tumblr by the US Department of the Interior, 4/16/16.