Stunning national park photos to get you through the shutdown

National parks are closed until further notice. Forunately, the U.S. Department of the Interior is on Instagram

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Starting today and for the duration of the government shutdown — however long that may be — America’s national parks are officially closed to tourists, hikers, campers and amateur photographers alike. Not even the National Park Service website is accessible.

Fortunately for us, the U.S. Department of the Interior has been collecting photos of the parks through its still-open Instagram account. Most of us can take them as a taunting reminder of what we’re missing. Maybe those responsible for getting us into this mess can use them as inspiration for getting us back out of it.

Check out some of the most breathtaking shots below:



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    Candice Massey, usinterior/Instagram

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    Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Michigan

    Michelle Brecher, usinterior/Instagram

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    Zion National Park, Utah

    Evan Booher, usinterior/Instagram

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    Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

    Don Holland, usinterior/Instagram

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    Shiloh National Military Park, Tennessee

    Cliff LaPlant, usinterior/Instagram

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    Mojave National Preserve, California

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    National Park of American Samoa, Ofu Island

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    Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

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    Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

    Marco Crupi, usinterior/Instagram

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    Acadia National Park, Maine

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    Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Alaska

    Glenn Gardner, usinterior/Instagram

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    Everglades National Park, Florida

    Monica Noll, usinterior/Instagram

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    Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee

    Daniel A. Leifheit, usinterior/Instagram

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    Denali National Park, Alaska

    Erin Whittaker, usinterior/Instagram

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    Grand Canyon, Arizona

    Erin Whittaker, usinterior/Instagram

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    Waubay National Wildlife Refuge, South Dakota

    Ranger JB, usinterior/Instagram

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    Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

    Bob Wick, usinterior/Instagram

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    Paria Canyon Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona

    Marisa Getaghty, usinterior/Instagram

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    Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts

    Curtis Akin, usinterior/Instagram

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    Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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    Coastal National Monument, California

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Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email labrams@salon.com.

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