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What do temperatures, birds, and shooting stars have in common? They're the only things that should be soaring this 4th of July weekend at Joshua Tree National Park! Fireworks, sparklers, and other similar items are prohibited in the park because they can harm wildlife, spark wildfires, and disturb the tranquility of wilderness. Instead, here are some safe and unique desert experiences to try out this year! ✨ Enjoy the natural night sky 💫 Search for shooting stars 🐁 View nocturnal wildlife 🌃 See the lights of Palm Springs from Keys View As a safe and fun alternative, the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms will be putting on a firework show safely outside of the park. They'll be high in the sky, so visitors in the north part of the park and in Twentynine Palms might catch a glimpse. All you need to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! What are your plans for the 4th of July? Timelapse: NPS / Brad Sutton

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Love climbing? If you've ever wished you could spend 10 weeks nonstop climbing, camping, and helping others, consider becoming a Climbing Steward at Joshua Tree National Park! Climbing Stewards assist the climbing rangers with providing information on climbing, patrolling technical and non-technical terrain, educating the public on Leave No Trace Principles, and assisting with other park projects. Applicants must have a valid US driver license and be First Aid and CPR certified. Share your love of climbing today by applying at: https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=21750. Photo: NPS / Hannah Schwalbe

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We wish we could predict if fires will occur, where and when they would burn, and how large they would be. Statistically, the time of year that is most likely to have a large wildland fire is during the hottest part of the year, from May to September. Don’t let the stats fool you though. Joshua Tree is often hot and dry, and a fire could happen any time of year. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ You can’t plan on a fire happening, but you should always be prepared before you visit Joshua Tree. Any major fires, closures, or other emergencies will be posted on our website. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ Effective Sunday June 28th through Tuesday June 30th all campfires are banned at Black Rock and Indian Cove Campgrounds due to extreme fire weather. Check our website before you arrive to be prepared for new and changing conditions. ⠀ ⠀ #FireFacts  ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ NPS Photo⠀ ⠀

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Joshua Tree National Park is committed to being a shared space for all people. This month, we commemorate and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community!🏳️‍🌈 #PrideMonth Photo: NPS / Brad Sutton

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Bees, wasps, butterflies, dragonflies, birds...you name it, we’ve got it! This week is #NationalPollinatorsWeek ! We thank all the pollinators that are working hard to make our desert plants happy! 🐝⠀ ⠀ With summer being here, bees and wasps are thirsty and will look for water sources everywhere. This includes under your car, on your water bottle, and even in your sweat! But don’t worry! They are just looking for water. Still, be mindful of these critters and come prepared, especially if you have allergies. ⠀ ⠀ Pro tip: If you are trying to avoid bees in the park, turn your A/C off 10 minutes before arriving at your parking location. ⠀ ⠀ Photo: NPS / Alessandra Puig-Santana

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Learn about the many holes you may find in the desert sand with Ranger Emily in today’s Ranger minute!

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3 weeks ago

Today is a longgggg day.⠀ ⠀ As Olaf would say "It's summerrrrrr"! With this exciting news comes caution, as summer at Joshua Tree National Park can be deadly. Here are a few hot tips if you are planning on visiting.⠀ ⠀ 💧Please bring at least one liter of water per hour if you plan on hiking.⠀ ⠀ 🥾Keep trails short and finish hiking by 10 am at the latest.⠀ ⠀ 🥵Eat salty snacks to retain the water that you are sweating off.⠀ ⠀ 😎Wear loose-fitting clothes, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunblock.⠀ ⠀ 👯‍♂️👯‍♀️Hike with a friend, and let others know when you are going to be in the park and when you will be coming back. There is no cell phone reception inside the park. ⠀ ⠀ 🌅 Stay cool and stay hydrated! Photo: NPS / Brad Sutton

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The desert is a unique place to camp. Because of its arid environment and cool nights, we understand why you’d want to keep warm! Here are some #SafetyTips you can follow for a warm night under the stars:⠀ ⠀ 🏕 Build your campfire in the designated fire pits! Joshua Tree is dry and vulnerable to fires, so designated fire rings are the only places you can have a campfire.⠀ ⠀ 🏕You might not need a campfire to cook food! You can use the park grills at picnic areas or bring your own grill or campstove.⠀ ⠀ 🏕 Small fires go a long way.⠀ ⠀ 🏕 Bring your own locally-sourced firewood. Collecting dead or alive vegetation is illegal. Buying the firewood from the nearby towns limits the potential of introducing pests and pathogens into the park.⠀ ⠀ 🏕 Before going to sleep or leaving your camp, make sure your fire is out!⠀ #FireFacts ⠀ ⠀ Photo: NPS / Hannah Schwalbe

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“We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.” -Maya Angelou ⁣ ⁣ We need the desert heat as we need the cool, starry nights. We need our boulders as we need our Joshua trees. We need all our visitors from different walks of life as we need the space to do so. ⁣ ⁣ Joshua Tree National Park stands with inclusivity and accessibility to bring communities together in the outdoors. ⁣ ⁣ Thank you for making us whole!⁣ ⁣ Photo: NPS / Glauco Puig-Santana

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What is a wildfire? A wildfire is a general term for a fire in an undeveloped area. Wildfires are natural in many ecosystems, but not in the desert ecosystems of Joshua Tree National Park. Wildfires are not natural here because the vegetation in the area is typically widely spaced. But, due to human activity and the introduction of invasive vegetation, the frequency and severity of fires has increased in recent history. ⠀ ⠀ This picture is from a fire that burned near Joshua Tree National Park in 2015. Currently, there are no fires in or near the park. Have you experienced wildland fire in your life?⠀ #FireFacts ⠀ ⠀ Photo: NPS / Brad Sutton

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Congratulations to our top five submissions from the Joshua Tree Photo Contest of 2020! This photo is from one of our top five submissions. @matt_hall_photo describes their moment of peace below, ⠀ ⠀ "I use my time in Joshua Tree National Park to explore, take photos, and most importantly escape from the hustle in daily life. Whenever I enter JTNP my mind clears and I find "A Moment of Peace". That is what this photo represents to me. I leave all my worries at the gate, and just see what's in front of me."⠀ ⠀ Over the next week check out the other top five submissions on our Instagram and Facebook pages. The person who receives the most likes will win the contest! We need your help in determining who that will be. Thank you to all of our participants who submitted their photos for this year's contest. ⠀

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Congratulations to our top five submissions from the Joshua Tree Photo Contest of 2020! This photo is from one of our top five submissions. @petertellone describes their moment of peace below,⠀ ⠀ "As the sun begins to set in Joshua Tree National Park, everything becomes still and the light gets golden. It's that one moment when everything is good and alright in the world to me and ends another perfect day in the park"⠀ ⠀ Over the next week check out the other top five submissions on our Instagram and Facebook pages. The person who receives the most likes will win the contest! We need your help in determining who that will be. Thank you to all of our participants who submitted their photos for this year's contest.

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Congratulations to our top five submissions from the Joshua Tree Photo Contest of 2020! This photo is from one of our top five submissions. @ninamayerritchie describes their moment of peace below,⠀ ⠀ “On this particular day, we had tired ourselves out with lots of hiking and sightseeing, and on a whim, decided to drive over to the Cholla Cactus Garden in the late afternoon to take a leisurely stroll. Boy, were we blown away. The clouds seemed to be almost swirling in the sky, so we decided to stop where the cholla layers appeared especially dense, to see if the sun was going to peak out. Then suddenly, the rays came bursting through and the prickly chollas looked almost soft while backlit by this starburst. It was such an unexpected and incredible moment... and so peaceful. One that makes everything in the world seem so simple and beautiful.⠀ ⠀ I’ll never forget the way that scene made me feel... and thankfully, getting really lucky with this shot, I can relive that moment whenever I look at this image.”⠀ ⠀ Over the next week check out the other top five submissions on our Instagram and Facebook pages. The person who receives the most likes will win the contest! We need your help in determining who that will be. Thank you to all of our participants who submitted their photos for this year's contest.⠀ ⠀

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Congratulations to our top five submissions from the Joshua Tree Photo Contest of 2020! This photo is from one of our top five submissions. @nickjlove_ describes their moment of peace below,⠀ ⠀ “I think most people would agree that there is a peace in Joshua Tree like no other place on earth. I come to the park often and in the past two years after my divorce I started to bring my two boys. It's a magical escape for them with all the rocks to climb and trails to explore and we can bond over nature and the magic of the desert. ⠀ ⠀ When I looked back I saw them there. Talking to each other in low voices. I didn't know what they were talking about. It didn't really matter. What I saw in that moment will be burned in my heart forever. This photo is peace to me. It's a moment where two kids who had to overcome a rough few years were at peace and all was right..at least in my world.”⠀ ⠀ Over the next week check out the other top five submissions on our Instagram and Facebook pages. The person who receives the most likes will win the contest! We need your help in determining who that will be. Thank you to all of our participants who submitted their photos for this year's contest. ⠀

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Congratulations to our top five⁣ submissions from the Joshua Tree Photo Contest of 2020! This photo is from one of our top five submissions. @dangallophotography describes their moment of peace below:⁣ ⁣ “I have a fascination for the⁣ night sky, and it brings me peace to be able to visit a dark sky location like Joshua Tree National Park, stare up at the night sky and see the Milky Way and so many stars with my own eyes. The digital camera, with its more sensitive sensor and ability to⁣ take long exposure images, captures the Milky Way in a lot more detail and color, as seen in this photo.”⁣ ⁣ Over the next week check out⁣ the other top five submissions on our Instagram and Facebook pages. The person who receives the most likes will win the contest! We need your help in determining who that will be. Thank you to all of our participants who submitted their photos for this year's contest!

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Update: we have reviewed this entry and have decided that unfortunately it does not comply with the contest rules. However, it is so beautiful, it makes a great honorary mention! Thank you to @Daniel .burr.photography for sharing it with us. We’ll continue to share contest finalist throughout the week! ————————————————————— Congratulations to our top five submissions from the Joshua Tree Photo Contest of 2020! This photo is one of our top five submissions. @daniel .burr.photography describes their moment of peace,⁣ “In times of uncertainty we can have peace knowing that like the Joshua tree, we will be renewed.”⁣ ⁣ Over the next week check out the other top five submissions on our Instagram and Facebook pages. The person who receives the most likes will win the contest! We need your help in determining who that will be. Thank you to all of our participants who submitted their photos for this year's contest.⁣

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Join us on Ranger Emily’s porch for today’s ranger minute on desert cacti!

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Wildfires are a natural and healthy part of many ecosystems, but not here in Joshua Tree. Desert plants do not need fire to reproduce and many are highly susceptible to fire. The recovery rate after a fire is very slow due to the lack of resources in the area, like nutrients and water. ⠀ ⠀ Ecosystems around the world have adapted differently depending on local factors. Our desert ecosystem never adapted to fire because wildfires were rare and would usually burn out quickly. Historically, there was enough space between plants that the fire could not travel, and once it had burned all the fuel it could reach, it would die out, leaving most of the landscape unscathed. ⠀ ⠀ Wildfires now present a higher risk to our beautiful deserts because of invasive grass species. The relatively new, non-native grasses grow in between larger plants allowing fire to spread far and wide. Areas that would have never burned are now at high risk. This picture is likely from the Juniper Complex Fire of 1999. ⠀ ⠀ #FireFacts ⠀ ⠀ NPS Photo

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Today the Pinto Basin Road connects the northern entrances of the park to the southern entrance, near Cottonwood, which is approximately 30 miles from Indio. But nearly 70 years ago, there was a push to get a more direct park route from lower desert cities. In the summer of 1954, a surveyor was hired by the National Park Service to estimate the cost of building a road through canyons south of Keys View and west of the Pinto Basin. The surveyor estimated that this road would cost over a million dollars and that roughly 6,300 vehicles per year would travel that road. He recommended a $12.80 fee (equivalent to approximately $122 today ) for that entrance in order to build and maintain the road, but he believed that almost no one would pay that much. The National Park Service declined to build such a road. ⠀ ⠀ There’s still no paved road that directly connects Indio to the park, but there is a very rough, dirt road called Berdoo Canyon Road. For those with a 4WD, high clearance, street-legal vehicle, plus a heart for adventure, this road might be appropriate for your next visit to Joshua Tree. In order to protect the beautiful desert landscape and ecosystem, off-roading is not allowed within the park. If you see someone attempting to drive off of a dirt or paved road, please contact a ranger.⠀ ⠀ Photo: NPS / Emily Hassell

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Badger, badger, badger, badger, in the desert, desert!⠀ ⠀ Believe it or not, one of the native species to Joshua Tree National Park is the American Badger. Though they are rare and most often stay in the burrows during the day, they can still sometimes be found popping out for a stroll in the cool nighttime hours. Badgers hunt small animals such as ground squirrels and kangaroo rats, but their favorite prey is the rattlesnake.⠀ ⠀ What unexpected wildlife have you spotted in the desert?⠀ ⠀ Photos: NPS / Linder

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We heard @saguaronationalpark wants us to strut our stuff?⁣ ⁣ We’ve just been busy eating up all our quarantine snacks that spring has offered! This helps us retain water to survive the hot summer coming!⁣ ⁣ Tortoise populations have been in decline for decades due to varying factors. One of them being the vulnerability of eggs and hatchlings. Did you know that 98% die before reaching maturity? ⁣ ⁣ This is why we work together with fellow parks and agencies to protect them! ⁣ ⁣ Photo 1: NPS / Renata Harrison⁣ Photo 2: NPS / Brad Sutton

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Because wildfires are not a natural part of this ecosystem and present a risk to the park and the nearby communities, our firefighters work hard to put fires out. ⁣ ⁣ We do not use prescribed burns in the park because our native flora is not adapted to fire. ⁣ ⁣ However, our rangers are analyzing different ways to control and limit the invasive grass species that cover parts of the park and increase the risk of fires getting out of control. #FireFacts ⁣ ⁣ Photo: NPS / Brad Sutton

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With 780 different plants that grow within the park boundaries, it’s no wonder that the original name proposed for Joshua Tree National Park in the 1930s was “Desert Plants National Park”!⁣ ⁣ Want to learn more? ⁣ ⁣ Check out Ranger Emily’s Moment on Facebook talking all about their secret adaptations that help these blooms survive the desert environment!🌼 #WildflowerWellness ⁣ ⁣ Photos: NPS / Alessandra Puig-Santana

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Happy Mother’s Day to our very own Mother Nature! Celebrate today by walking around your neighborhood with your mother figure and appreciate the earth. Photo: NPS / Brad Sutton

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