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Explore the Wonders of Joshua Tree

March 14, 2012, 1:17 pm
By: Heather Crowley Take the 10 out east of Los Angeles and trek out to the desert, home to Joshua Tree National Park. Last year, the park celebrated its 75th anniversary and it is still going strong. Driving through Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley, you will start to spot a ...

Species Spotlight: Chuckwalla

March 9, 2012, 11:05 am
One thing you can almost always count on finding in the desert (besides an arid climate) is a lizard. Cold-blooded lizards are made for the hot temperatures and blazing sun. The unique chuckwalla is no exception. Chuckwallas, or “chucks” for short, are close relatives of the iguana. Growing up ...

New national monument could add to Great Basin’s scenic spaces

February 8, 2012, 10:42 am
On a quiet swath of land in Morongo Valley, wildflowers, boulders and sky stretch for miles. Water trickles down a hill, coating the pebbles below with moss. The Little Morongo Canyon area is designated as federal wilderness area, but its designation leaves it vulnerable to competing interests. Conservationists and a slew ...

Joshua Tree National Park Celebrates 75th Anniversary

June 16, 2011, 9:56 am
By Heather Crowley The 75th anniversary of Joshua Tree National Park kicked off in 2011 and continues through the summer. To celebrate, there will be a variety of events occurring in the park and in the surrounding community of Twentynine Palms. Situated in Southern California, the park encompasses parts of the ...

New study sees better future for Joshua trees

May 13, 2011, 8:38 am
Over several months this fall and winter, dozens of volunteers fanned out across the Mojave Desert in search of the smallest Joshua tree they could find. They were part of a project to determine whether Joshua Tree National Park will lose its namesake plants to global warming within the next ...

Top Ten: Winter Weekend Getaways from the City

February 18, 2011, 8:22 am
Sometimes living in a big city can make nature seem so far away. In honor of Presidents Day, we’ve decided to compile a list of parks that are located close to major metropolitan areas and perfect for a winter weekend getaway. So strap on your snowshoes and grab your ...

California Senators Seek to Expand State Parkland

January 27, 2011, 2:15 pm
California's two Democratic senators are renewing plans to add millions of acres of park, wilderness, marine sanctuaries and other conservation lands in the state, including a major expansion of the desert parks, billing the effort in part as a way to boost the tourism economy. Sen. Barbara Boxer introduced legislation, ...

Joshua Tree National Park will Celebrate 75 Years in 2011

December 13, 2010, 8:33 am
A new website commemorating the 75th anniversary of Joshua Tree National Park is up and running. The site,, contains information, articles, a calendar of events and interactive features to promote public involvement with the Mojave Desert park during its anniversary year. Joshua Tree was established as a national monument on ...

This Halloween Explore a Spooky Hiking Trail

October 14, 2010, 1:08 pm
Need a little seasonal inspiration for an autumn adventure? Set out on a Halloween-themed hiking trip at one of these spookily-named park destinations scattered across America's Southwest. Skull Rock Nature Trail, Joshua Tree National Park, California Walk along a park nature trail to Skull Rock, a favorite landmark among park visitors. ...

Autumn Roadtrip: Joshua Tree National Park

October 7, 2010, 10:29 am
The deserts of the American southwest—the Sonoran, Mojave, Great Basin and Chihuahuan—can evoke vivid imagery. Tumbleweeds rolling across the wind-swept, sun-beaten plain, cacti standing rigidly like soldiers at attention, and sand dunes as far as the eye can see. While this might be how it is in many deserts ...

Species Spotlight: Desert Tortoise

October 7, 2010, 10:12 am
As you amble through the Joshua Tree forest or any low-lying area of the Mojave, the rustling of leaves or snapping of twigs might get your attention. And if you look carefully, you may be lucky enough to see your unwitting companion whose well-camouflaged cover has been blown by ...

Spring is the perfect time to visit Joshua Tree National Park

April 15, 2010, 7:35 am
At the point where two major deserts meet — the Mojave and the Colorado — an hour and a half east of Fontana is a place like no other on earth, and not because it gives its namesake to a 1987 U2 album. Joshua Tree National Park — which will ...

Joshua Tree: High desert park draws climbers, nature lovers

March 22, 2010, 7:40 am
Vacations are not supposed to be painful. But here I am, on my third rock-climbing trip to Joshua Tree, the desert national park about an hour northeast of downtown Palm Springs. I stand at the foot of the 5.5-skill-level climb Wilson Regular Route, looking up at an impossibly tall rock ...

Joshua Tree National Park in 5

February 10, 2010, 8:00 am
An arid, solitary tract of sweeping mesas, eerie rock formations, and those strangely beautiful trees for which this land is named, Joshua Tree National Park comprises some 800,000 acres bridging two of North America's largest deserts - the Colorado and the Mojave. The park feels utterly remote but is ...

Mojave magic

January 4, 2010, 8:48 am
Mojave Desert mating rituals can be grisly. Loggerhead shrikes advertise their desirability by impaling prey on razor-sharp cactus spines; female scorpions and tarantulas often kill and devour their short-lived suitors. It's a tough place for romance, and for survival. Yet there I was, in Joshua Tree National Park, to ...