Monday, October 25, 2010

Visiting Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
Located in southeastern California is Joshua Tree National Park. The park has nearly 800,000 acres and is named after the Joshua tree forests that dot area. Over half of the park has been officially designated as a wilderness area. When entering the wilderness area or any other sensitive desert area follow the standard "Leave No Trace principles": Plan Ahead and Prepare, Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces, Dispose of Waste Properly, Leave What You Find, Minimize Campfire Impacts, Respect Wildlife, and Be Considerate of Other Visitors. If you plan to spend visit Joshua Tree offers an extensive network of trails of varying length and difficulty. The park has ten mountains greater than 5,000 feet in elevation if you like to climb. Or take a hike to one of park's fan palm oases. Other trails lead you to remnants of the gold mining mines and hidden canyons. Follow this link for Joshua Tree information.