National Park Week – Three Things to Do Every Day


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We are starting off our new blog with a series of posts for National Park Week. National Park Week is a celebration of our national heritage and, in this desert, there is no shortage of ways to get out and revel in nature. From April 19th to April 27th, we will be sharing three things to do every day in Joshua Tree National Park.

Check out our list of things to experience in and around the park this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Share these ideas and your own with friends and family. Encourage others to visit a park near them and enjoy a National Park Week experience.

NPW - Hidden Valley

Three Things to Do – Saturday, April 19 (Free Entrance Day)

  1. Take advantage of the entrance fee-free day. Go on a morning walk in Hidden Valley or Barker Dam.
  2. Visit Sky’s the Limit Observatory for a free star-viewing event. Arrive at 7:30 pm, and bring chairs, refreshments, and water. Sky’s the Limit is located just outside the North Entrance to Joshua Tree National Park.
  3. Celebrate Earth Day early by volunteering with the Mojave Desert Land Trust on a land cleanup (9 am – noon) or by attending the Yucca Valley Earth Day Conservation Fair (9 am – 2 pm).

Three Things to Do – Sunday, April 20 (Free Entrance Day)

  1. Take advantage of the entrance fee-free day and attend a Ranger Program. The Cap Rock Discovery Hike starts at 2 pm. Meet at the trailhead for the Cap Rock Nature Trail. The program is 45 minutes long and covers ¼ mile.
  2. Take a drive on the Desert Queen Mine Road to see desert wildflowers. Marvel at the roadside desert marigolds, the bright clusters of sand verbena, and the patches of evening primroses.
  3. Learn about the park’s geology by discovering it first hand. Start with a visit to the Oasis of Mara Visitor Center. Learn some geology basics at the visitor center exhibit and ask a ranger or volunteer if you have any questions. Then take a walk on the Split Rock Trail (2 miles) or the Skull Rock Nature Trail (1.7 miles). As you hike, make it a point to closely observe the rock formations. You’ll be surprised by how much you learn!

Three Things to Do – Monday, April 21

  1. Transport yourself to the desert every day of National Park Week with a great story, collection of essays, or guide book. There is a wide selection of books at every visitor center, or you could check out our online store.
  2. Watch the sun set over the Coachella Valley and the San Andreas Fault at Keys View.  You could even take the short hike up Inspiration Peak.
  3. Don’t miss out on desert wildflowers. Flowers are still in bloom, but not for much longer. Check the park’s weekly Wildflower Report and go enjoy the colors.
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