A heat wave stretched across the Southwest on Saturday, prompting warnings for some national park visitors to drink plenty of water and avoid long hikes under the sun.
Joshua Tree National Park
A new mural illustrating the living creatures that occupied the area in and around Joshua Tree National Park in California thousands of years ago is now on exhibit in the Joshua Tree Visitor Center. The mural offers a glimpse of how climate change, through time, can alter the landscape and life within.
National parks are phenomenal vacation destinations and a great place to bring your home on wheels. But when you do, some challenges are inevitable. Navigating a park’s curvy interior roads can be tricky, and campsites are astonishingly narrow for modern RVs. In Southern California, two neighboring parks perfectly illustrate the range of accommodations for RVers: Death Valley and Joshua Tree. One is more RV-friendly than the other, but both offer an unforgettable camping experience.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, an art exhibit at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., will showcase some of the plant species and communities found throughout the more than 400 national parks.
How will climate change impact Joshua Tree National Park in California. While researchers have warned that higher temperatures could adversely impact the iconic Joshua Trees, there are other impacts to the park's ecosystem as well, as this video explains.
Visiting a national park this year offers you the opportunity to get directly involved with the National Park Service Centennial. At Joshua Tree National Park in California you can do that by taking part in the Centennial Hiking Challenge.
A couple from Inglewood, California, and their friends visiting from Denmark pushed the annual visitation number at Joshua Tree National Park in California past the 2 million mark on Monday. That record number of visitors for the park is up from 1.6 million in 2014.
We recently returned to southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park for a third time. The previous visits took place a number of years ago and were rushed affairs when we were headed for other destinations. In each case we made a short stop at the park’s Oasis Visitor Center just outside the town of Twenty Nine Palms and drove south through the park to Interstate 10 without another stop of any consequence. Mostly, we were there to see the unusual trees (actually, they aren’t trees) that serve as the park’s namesake with little time for exploration. Unfortunately, we missed the largest concentration of trees and failed to appreciate much of what Joshua Tree National Park has to offer. That was our loss.
With what forecasts are predicting could be the strongest El Niño yet seen, officials at Joshua Tree National Park in California are cautioning visitors to be alert to the weather and problems it might create.
A baker's dozen of quilts will be exhibited at Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska as part of the celebration on the upcoming National Park Service Centennial.