Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

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Guardians of Joshua Tree

January 5, 2009, 9:01 am
Donna and Larry Charpied are taking me on a hike through a desert wash in Joshua Tree National Park. The California park is one of the most iconic in the country, known for its eponymous trees, the spiky, beautiful cactus that is really a member of the lily family, ...

Joshua Tree: ‘Layer Up’ and Other Tips for Winter Camping

December 9, 2008, 8:19 am
With camping options year-round, we Southern Californian campers have it pretty good. When the coast is too soggy and the mountains too snowy, we can head to the desert for gorgeous scenery, sunny days and starry nights. It’s a great time to visit Joshua Tree National Park, for instance, being ...

Author to Discuss Formations, Rocks at Joshua Tree Park

December 2, 2008, 9:34 am
The Rancho Mirage Public Library will host a lecture Tuesday explaining the origins of Joshua Tree National Park's landscape. Dee Trent, co-author of “Joshua Tree National Park Geology,” will discuss the park's rocks and minerals and explain how major rock groups ...

Joshua Park-Flood Damage Causes Temporary Closures

August 12, 2008, 7:58 am
Strong thunderstorms that passed across the north central area of the park on August 4th caused flooding that damaged park facilities and forced a number of temporary closures. Due to flash flood damage, a section of Indian Cove Road, the Indian Cove campground and group campsites, the Rattlesnake Canyon ...

Comparing Cellphone Reception in National Parks

July 2, 2008, 7:31 am
Now that it's officially summer, Californians are running for the hills, mountains, deserts and oceans for a bit of vacation time. But if you're one of those people for whom vacation means obsessively checking Gmail on your BlackBerry, the time away can be maddening. That cottage in the mountains is ...

Don’t trash Joshua Tree National Park

June 18, 2008, 9:00 am
Which word doesn’t belong with “national park?” Wildflowers, wildlife, hiking, night sky, garbage dump? No doubt you answered “garbage dump,” yet the biggest landfill in the United States may be developed right next to California’s Joshua Tree National Park. Fortunately, a lawsuit filed by the National Parks Conservation Association and ...

Packing heat in parks? Bill fires up controversy

May 7, 2008, 3:19 pm
A 60-day comment period has opened on a controversial Bush administration proposal to allow loaded, concealed firearms in the nation’s national parks, said Mike Cipra of the National Parks Conservation Association. If passed, the legislation will allow an individual to carry a concealed weapon in national parks and wildlife refuges ...