Joshua Tree National Park

Official Instagram of Joshua Tree National Park. For complete contest details about our latest #JTNPphotocontest , visit the link below.

It’s crazy hot midday but the sunset delivers ‘cool’ temps and warm colors. As if we need another excuse to watch the sunset in Joshua Tree. Photo by @trip_with_hari. #alttext granite rocks and a visitor in #joshuatree at #sunset
Social butterfly? More like social coyote! Coyotes have an active social life, mostly with their family, and they interact constantly. Surprisingly, adult butterflies are mostly solitary. Are you a social coyote or a solitary butterfly? Photo by @jtnpa #alttext two #coyotes playing in #JoshuaTree
The desert is thirsty! Did you know Joshua Tree’s rainiest months are July and August? These summer rains can come in the form of flash floods and be dangerous for hikers, campers and drivers. Always know the forecast before entering the park. #TurnAroundDontDrown Photo by @charles_has_a_camera #alttext #clouds and #sunset as seen from Keys Views
Joshua Tree National Park has a different kind of light show in store for you. . . Although fireworks are not permitted in the park, there are still a few things worth looking up for. On late summer nights, you can find the milky way galaxy directly overhead. . . Photo by @mr.gordono : Person surrounded by rocks under starry skies with milky way overhead
@themomtrotter and her family visited the park for the first time this spring. They had a blast doing the Junior Ranger program and learning about the plants and animals on their hike. . . . @themomtrotter wrote: "In March we visited Vegas, did some hiking and the kids loved it & kept asking. So, we decided to visit Joshua Tree National Park, only a 2.5hr drive away from home. I seriously don't know why we hadn't visited earlier. I say this because the kids had a Blast!!! We started off by stopping at the visitors center to get their Junior Ranger booklets and a map. We then mapped out the trails we wanted to hike and off we went. _______________ We hiked Hidden Valley Trail in 3 times the amount of time it would normally take. Not because they were tired, but because they stopped to admire every tree, plant, rock, bird, insect and everything in between. 👐🏾It was an amazing trip. " . . . Thanks for sharing your adventures with us! Tag us in your posts and use #JoshuaTreeNationalPark for a chance to be featured on our page.
Light pollution: the excessive use of artificial light that can have serious environmental consequences for humans and wildlife. When we talk about light pollution, we aren't talking about all lights. Street lights and house lights help us function safely at night. But many lights are inefficient, overly bright, poorly targeted, and improperly shielded. Some are completely unnecessary. The Milky Way is still visible in the park and we think that protecting our dark night skies is important for our visitors and wildlife. However it is nearly impossible to escape that glow on the horizon from nearby urban areas. If we stop talking about light pollution, one day we could lose our stars. Everyone can help support night smart lights. Visit our friends, the International Dark-Sky Association, to find dark sky friendly lighting for your home and neighborhood! [Photo by NPS / Lian Law; The Milky Way stretches over Joshua trees and rock formations. On the horizon, there is a yellow glow.] #halftheparkisafterdark #milkyway #stars #nightsky
Cap Rock Trail: A pleasant stroll around Joshua trees and rock formations. Cottonwood Spring: Short walk to a fan palm oasis with plentiful shade. Cholla Cactus Garden: CHOLLA and cholla and cholla and cholla and get swarmed by bees in the summer months. #ParkTrailsInOneSentence Photo by NPS / Glauco Puig-Santana #alttext #sunset over the #chollacactus garden in #Joshuatree .
Fire pits are lit so that the park isn't lit (aka - on fire 🔥). Fire danger is always high in Joshua Tree. Protect the park by keeping fires in designated fire pits and always putting your campfire out when you leave your campsite. Backcountry campers are not allowed to have campfires. Wildfires are a natural part of many American ecosystems but are not natural in the Mojave and Sonoran Desert. Photo by @wanderingalways #alttext a #campfire in Indian Cove #Campground .
An excessive heat warning is in effect for the area today (June 21) through Saturday (June 23). Temperatures this weekend will reach highs of 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius). To ensure a comfortable and safe experience in the park, we advice avoiding hiking between the hours of 9 AM to 5 PM. Take advantage of the long summer days and opt for an early evening hike instead. Stick around for a late night hike under the stars to catch the milky way overhead. Please remember to mind park rules and avoid day use only sites such as Barker Dam trail. If you're still opting to visit during the day, please prepare thoroughly for the heat by bringing sun protection and water (plus emergency water). We advice drinking about 1 liter of water for every hour of strenuous activity under the desert sun. For more information, please visit our webpage: [Photo by NPS/Hannah Schwalbe: Hiking trail on a cool summer evening with milky way overhead]
Joshua Tree National Park is committed to being a park for all and we work to achieve that by offering services and opportunities for all visitors. . . Our visitor centers offer accessible desks, low exhibit displays, and accessible sidewalk and vegetation areas. If you’re interested in getting on the trails, ADA compliant nature trails include: Bajada Nature Trail, Cap Rock Nature Trail, Oasis of Mara Trail, and Keys View Overlook. Inquire with the staff about sightseeing destinations if opting for a drive through tour of the park, and request accessible publications to learn more about the park’s resources. . . . Other facilities and destinations for visitors with permanent disabilities include accessible wayside exhibits and pit toilets at Hidden Valley picnic area and Intersection Rock. Joshua Tree also offers accessible campsites at Jumbo Rocks, Black Rock, and Cottonwood Campground. . . . U.S citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities qualify for the Interagency Access Pass, which provides free or discounted access to over 2,000 Federal recreation sites. . . . To learn more about accessibility in the park, please go to: . . [Photo by Rand Abbott: Silhouette of person riding wheelchair against sunset background]
Announcing the winner of the 2018 #JTNPphotocontest : Chris Olivas! . . This image was selected out of over 900 entries and will be featured on the 2019 Joshua Tree National Park Annual Pass. We narrowed all entries down to our top 10 favorite photos, and had park rangers and staff vote on a winner. . . We would like to sincerely thank everyone who submitted their work. It was wonderful to see the love you all have for our park and the flora and fauna that call this amazing place home. . . Stay tuned throughout the week as we feature more photos from the contest that were staff favorites and look for @cholivas ‘s photo on the next Joshua Tree National Park Annual Pass! . . [#alttext ; a Joshua Tree is silhouetted against the horizon with a glowing sunset in the background.]
The object behind Ranger Cynthia is what engineers call a “derrick”, a sort of crane used to lift heavy materials. Keys Ranch is littered with so many design marvels that one might wonder where Bill Keys learned to build them. People are often surprised to learn that it was not at school, but at San Quentin Prison where Bill had learned about engineering. Having left his family and home at 14, Bill Keys didn't recieve formal education. He ventured west at an early age and made his small fortune mining and ranching, and eventually built his homestead and started a family. Surviving in the desert requires ingenuity and labor because resources are scarce and difficult to come by. It was over a water and land rights dispute, resulting in a gun fight, that would land Bill Keys in prison. At a tense stand off, Bill had shot and killed his neighbor, Worth Bageley. Despite Bill’s claim of having fired back in self-defense, Bill was sent to San Quentin Prison and his sentence would not be absolved until years later. In prison, he wasted no time by reading about engineering and construction at the library, always motivated to improve his family's life on the ranch. Four years later, he was released for good behavior and after eight years, his name was finally cleared. Historic artifacts such as the derrick tell us stories that extend beyond their utilitarian purpose. They tell us of the motivations behind people's ingenuity, be it survival or simply leisure. We preserve and protect these artifacts, unimpaired, such that we can provide an honest retelling of history, long after the people are gone. . . . --------------- . . Keys Ranch may be visited by guided ranger tours through the month of June. Tickets can now be reserved ahead of time by calling 760-367-5522. Please note that programs will take place at 8 am Saturdays and Sundays, but may be cancelled due to weather. For more information, please visit our website at:
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