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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Joshua Tree & Death Valley National Parks: 5 Things You Might Not Know

Above, a rock formation at Joshua Tree National Park. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The South Bay Daily Breeze has an article on five things you might not know about Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Parks.

Before going into the five things, they begin with:
Whether it’s gazing at twisted spikes in the desert, taking a four-wheel drive to spot rare fish or running down sand dunes, Southern California’s national parks have plenty to offer. 
Federal officials are celebrating the country’s 417 national parks with programs and events marking National Park Week, which is Saturday through April 23. 
National parks that normally charge entrance fees will be free on Saturday and Sunday and April 22-23. Free or discounted annual passes are available for active duty military families, fourth-grade students, senior citizens, volunteers and those with permanent disabilities. 
Dozens of parks will host activities April 24 for annual Park Prescription Day, which will include hikes, health screenings, yoga and volleyball. 
The vast San Bernardino County desert region includes Joshua Tree National Park and a sliver of Death Valley National Park. The Mojave National Preserve, as well as Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow and Castle Mountains national monuments are all part of the national park system but are not officially known as national parks. 
“Our national parks are our national treasure,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a news release. “The lessons you learn from the land and the park rangers cannot be learned anywhere else on Earth.” 
Here are five things you may not know about Joshua Tree and Death Valley national parks, the only ones in the Inland area, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

To see what the five things are, go here

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