Proposed Project To Move Water From California Desert Raises Concerns For Nearby Parks

A plan to pump groundwater from beneath the desert and send it to thirsty cities in southern California has attracted a rather unusual group of opponents, including a Republican Congressman, a Democratic Senator, conservation groups, a mining company, a labor union and ranchers. Now the latest wrinkle in the debate involves a proposal for steam train excursion trips into the Mohave Desert.

Obama Administration Urged By NPCA To Close Loopholes That Prevent Clean Air Over Parks

Unless things change, it will take centuries for many national parks to have truly clean air, according to the National Parks Conservation Association, which wants the Obama administration to close loopholes that stand in the way of improving air quality.

Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Joshua Tree National Park Also Suffering From Flooding, Rockslides

Timpanogos National Monument in Uta and Joshua Tree National Park in California, like North Cascades National Park in Washington state, are dealing with flooding and rockslide problems.

Meteor Shower Party To Benefit Mojave Desert Land Trust

The annual Perseid Meteor showers are coming up next month, and the Mojave Desert Land Trust is throwing a party to watch the star show.

Pinto Basin Road Project Complete At Joshua Tree National Park

A much-needed rehabilitation of the Pinto Basin Road in Joshua Tree National Park has been completed, providing visitors with a safer road and improving drainage and turnouts.

Reader Participation Day: Which Flowers Mean "Spring Is Here" In The National Parks?

The spring and early summer blooming season is well underway in much of the country, and for many people that brings to mind some specific varieties of wildflowers or blooming trees or shrubs that they associate with a particular National Park Service area. Do you have any favorite "park flowers"?

Vandalism Continues In Joshua Tree National Park, Leads To Closure Of Rattlesnake Canyon

A recent spate of vandalism has prompted Joshua Tree National Park officials to close the Rattlesnake Canyon area to the public for the near term.

Purchase Prevents Land Near Joshua Tree National Park From Becoming Housing Development

A 600+-acre track of land near Joshua Tree National Park that was to become a housing development instead has been purchased by two conservation groups that intend to leave it undeveloped and used for educational and recreational purposes.

Construction On Pinto Road In Joshua Tree National Park Starts Monday

If you're heading to Joshua Tree National Park next week, you should know that about 11 miles of the Pinto Basin Road will be reconstructed, beginning Monday.

Joshua Tree National Park Boasts Three Previously Unknown Species Of Trapdoor Spiders, One Named After Bono

Three previously unknown species of trapdoor spiders have been discovered in Joshua Tree National Park, and scientists have named one after Bono of the rock band U2 in honor or their Joshua Tree album.