JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK was originally designated a national monument in 1936 covering approximately 825,000 acres until it finally received official national park status on October 31, 1994. Joshua Tree National Park is known for it's sprawling Joshua Trees (Yucca Brevifolia) covering the serene desert landscape in the northern park of the park, but it's also home to over 800 other plant species, 240 bird species, 41 mammal species and 40 reptile species. In a nutshell, Joshua Tree is an incredible, yet fragile desert ecosystem.
The enormous and extremely diverse park is best visited during the late autumn and winter months in order to avoid the dangerously high temperatures in warmer months. Though, keep in mind, the winter months offer cold temperatures and multiple layers should be considered when packing for your visit. Also, there are three main entrances to the park, the most popular is the entrance in Joshua Tree, CA and the directions below bring you there. The other two entrances are Twentynine Palms (northeast from the town of Joshua Tree) and Cottonwood Springs (the southern-most part of the park near the city of Indio).
CARRIZO PLAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT is easily one of California's most spectacular hidden gems that should be experienced by any nature lover. Located in a remote area between San Luis Obispo and Bakersfield, this ecological masterpiece offers panoramic views of rolling grassland and epic "super blooms" in the springtime. With the largest concentration of threatened and endangered wildlife in California as well as Southern California's largest remaining natural alkali wetland, Carrizo Plain was designated a national monument in 2001 and now consists of over 204,000 acres of federally protected land. With the help from The Nature Conservancy, Carrizo Plain is now the largest protected habitat along the pacific flyway, which is a route used by migratory birds spanning from Alaska all the way down to Patagonia.
Below is the letter submitted to the National Park Service on behalf of Campfire Adventure Co. disagreeing with their proposal.
November 2, 2017
To Whom it May Concern,
2017 has proven to be a treacherous year for this country in every way, shape, and form under the current administration and some members of Congress. Unfortunately, it’s becoming evident that the current leaders of our nation are threatening our public lands and waters each and every day (1). Since January 21, 2017, the administration has made multiple threats to our public lands and waters while also alienating our country from the rest of the world as other countries work towards protecting our planet from the current climate crisis.
KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK is probably one of my favorite national park destinations to venture to from Los Angeles. It’s a tucked away gem ideal for backpacking, swimming, hiking, and camping within driving distance of approximately 4-5 hours from Los Angeles. Kings Canyon National Park is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, which it shares with Sequoia National Park to the south and Yosemite National Park to the north, and is an ideal escape for any adventurer seeking a scenic refuge away from the bustling city.
ALSTROM POINT is, hands down, one of the most magical dispersed camping spots around. Located on a cliff towering over the picturesque waters of Padre Bay in Lake Powell, Alstrom Point offers breathtaking views of the incredible rock formations of Gunsight Butte and The Cookie Jar. Lake Powell is situated within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and is a massive man made lake that was created after the completion of the Glen Canyon Dam along the Colorado River. When the dam was finished, it essentially forced the excess water into flooding the surrounding slot canyons that now make up Lake Powell, which is currently the second largest reservoir in the United States.
MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE is a perfect alternative to Joshua Tree National Park if you want to wander beneath massive Joshua Trees and through stunning rock formations while avoiding the massive crowds. Mojave National Preserve encompasses a shocking 1.6 million acres and is nestled away in the high desert between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It's a convenient destination to breakup your drive to Las Vegas or if you're doing a further trek west since it's only 3-4 hours away from Los Angeles (if you don't end up driving at rush hour).
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