Joshua Tree National Park

111th Congress Did Well When it Comes to National Park Wilderness, But It Could Have Done Better

A review of how Congress acted on wilderness legislation shows that the National Park System benefited quite nicely during the 111th session, but it could have fared better.

Keys Ranch Tours at Joshua Tree National Park are a Hit – Reservations Needed in 2011

When Bill and Frances Key homesteaded in the rugged Mohave Desert of Southern California in the early 1900s, they couldn't possibly have imagined that a century later, visitors to a national park would be taking tours of their ranch. The tours in Joshua Tree National Park have become so popular that as of January 1, 2011, reservations will be needed for the guided walks.

Joshua Tree National Park Gearing Up For 75th Anniversary

Joshua Tree National Park is gearing up for its 75th anniversary, which arrives next year, and has created a separate website to help you stay abreast of news and events associated with the year-long celebration.

Creature Feature: The Desert Tarantula Looks Big, Hairy, and Scary

The tarantula's fearsome appearance belies the fact that this docile, reclusive creature is nearly harmless.

Study Says Climate Change Could Make Yosemite National Park Hotter Than Sacramento

By the end of the century, climate change could drive typical temperatures in Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Death Valley and other national parks in California more than 7 degrees hotter than they were in the later half of the 20th century, according to a new study.

Joshua Tree National Park Looking At Flooding, Drainage Issues At Black Rock Campground

How flash floods might impact the Black Rock Campground at Joshua Tree National Park is a topic park officials are exploring as they look at how the campground might be improved down the road.

Search For Hiker in Joshua Tree National Park Has A Happy Ending

A 64-year-old California man missing in the rugged, canyon-riddled backcountry of Joshua Tree National Park since Friday was found Thursday in surprisingly good condition for someone who probably went several days in the desert without food or water.

Search in Joshua Tree National Park Continues For Missing Californian

As searchers continued to explore the backcountry of Joshua Tree National Park for a missing California hiker, they found tracks believed to be his that headed off trail into a rugged area of the Little San Bernadino Mountains.

Search Under Way For Missing Hiker In Joshua Tree National Park

A search is under way in Joshua Tree National Park for a California man who never returned from a hike into the hills near the Black Rock Campground.

Mojave Desert Land Trust Secures More than 950 Acres for Joshua Tree National Park

Earlier this month we mentioned how the Trust for Public Lands had secured more than 400 acres for Mount Rainier National Park. Now we can pass on that the Mojave Desert Land Trust has obtained more than 950 acres for Joshua Tree National Park.

Appellate Court Judges Refuse Full Court's Review of Ruling Against Garbage Dump Near Joshua Tree National Park

In another ruling against proponents of a massive landfill proposed to be located near Joshua Tree National Park, members of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals have refused to have the full court hear the case.

National Public Lands Day is Right around the Corner

On September 25th, more than 175,000 people are expected to volunteer for National Public Lands Day at more than 2,000 of our nation’s beautiful public lands. Volunteers will perform work ranging from pulling invasive species, clearing trails, planting trees and removing trash.

Odds and Ends from Around the National Park System

A climbing death in Yosemite, a new recreation site at the Delaware Water Gap NRA, and a question on whether to force climbers to wear helmets are among the odds and ends that have recently crossed our computer screens.

Search Suspended for Missing Hiker in Joshua Tree National Park

After a week of fruitless searching, authorities at Joshua Tree National Park on Friday suspended a search for a Georgia man who disappeared on a hike.

Search Enters Sixth Day for Man Missing In Joshua Tree National Park

After five days of searching in 100-degree-plus weather in Joshua Tree National Park, searchers have no clues as to what happened to a 65-year-old Georgia man.

Joshua Tree National Park Closing Some Campgrounds During the Slow Summer Season

With the high heat of summer setting in over Joshua Tree National Park, officials are closing some of their campgrounds for the coming months due to the usual lack of campers.

Republicans, Democrats Differ Over Whether National Park Designations Should Block Energy Projects

When the Bush administration late in 2008 tried to auction energy leases near national parks in Utah, there was an outcry by many who considered siting oil and gas exploration projects next to parks was anathema. The Obama administration quickly reversed the decision, but the debate over whether to locate energy projects next to parks continues.

Art in the Desert – Joshua Tree National Park Hosts 18th Annual Art Festival April 2-4

Visitors at art show at Joshua Tree NP.
Parks have long provided places of inspiration for artists, and for nearly two decades, Joshua Tree National Park has hosted an annual art festival to highlight work featuring that area's dramatic desert landscapes. The 2010 Art Festival will be held at the park April 2-4.

Good Winter Rains, Warming Temperatures Spurring Blooms in Joshua Tree National Park

Good winter rains and warmer spring days seem to be doing the trick in Joshua Tree National Park, where the spring bloom is moving right along. It's still too early, though, to say this year's bloom will match those colorful displays of 2005 and 2008.

Living History Program At Joshua Tree National Park Takes You Back to The 1940s

There are some memorable living history programs to be found across the National Park System, such as the one you find at Scotty's Castle in Death Valley National Park. A new one has just popped up at Joshua Tree National Park, one set in the 1940s.

Vegetation In Joshua Tree National Park Slowly Moving Towards Spring Blooms

With the guessing ongoing in Death Valley National Park over the spring bloom, the folks at Joshua Tree National Park say their spring blooms are some weeks off as well.

Senator Feinstein Offers Legislation To Protect Desertscape in and Around Death Valley, Joshua Tree National Parks

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation that would create 90,000 acres of officially designated wilderness in Death Valley National Park, and buffer parts of Joshua Tree National Park with national monuments encompassing roughly 1 million acres.
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Split Appellate Court Erects Another Roadblock to World's Largest Dump Next to Joshua Tree National Park

What would you think if, on the way to your favorite national park, you had to drive past the world's largest landfill? One that would take in 20,000 tons of garbage a day, six days a week. While the prospect of such a landfill adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park remains on the drawing board, it's less likely to break ground any time soon following an appellate court's ruling.
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Anniversary Celebration of California Desert Protection Act at Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve scene.
October 31 isn't just about pumpkins and goblins anymore. The date also marks the anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act, a major milestone for Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks and the Mojave National Preserve. The day will be celebrated at a special event on Saturday at the Mojave National Preserve.

Recovery Funds Will Help Seal Abandoned Mines in Joshua Tree National Park

Though most associate mining with the Rockies or the Sierra Nevada, in the late 19th century the lure of gold and silver ore bodies lured miners into the southern California desertscape now claimed by Joshua Tree National Park. Few prospectors made strikes, but left in their wake hundreds of mine openings that the park slowly is closing for public safety.

Fall and Winter Are Prime Seasons for Camping in These Parks

Campsite at Organ Pipe Cactus Nat. Mon.
It's just too hot to enjoy camping in some parks during the summer, but fall and winter are prime times for outdoor activity in those areas. Here's a sampling of NPS sites where the "off season" in the rest of the country can be the best season for camping.

Joshua Tree National Park Nabs Man Accused of Scattering Thousands of Golf Balls in the Park

Joshua Tree National Park
Most of us are familiar with the adage for visits to parks: "Take only photos, leave only footprints." Unfortunately, a California man decided to leave something else during repeat visits to Joshua Tree National Park: thousands of golf balls.

Campground at Joshua Tree National Park Closed due to Swarming Bees

Joshua tree.
Officials at Joshua Tree National Park in California announced that the Jumbo Rocks Campground has been temporarily closed due a rather unusual wildlife safety problem - swarming bees.

Is Senator Feinstein Speaking Out of Both Sides of Her Mouth on National Park Matters?

National parks very well may be one of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein's loves, but oysters seemingly trump her view of national park values.

Land Trust Hopes To Add Nearly 1,000 Acres to Joshua Tree National Park`

Joshua Tree National Park, which grew by more than 600 acres in 2008 thanks to the Mojave Desert Land Trust, could gain nearly 1,000 more acres thanks to the group's efforts.
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