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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

 

 

 

Location: Riverside and San Bernardino counties, CA  Map

Area: 789,745 acres (1,234 sq mi, 3,196 km2)

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Description of Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is situated in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in California, United States. Joshua Tree National Park covers a total area of 789,745 acres. Joshua Tree National Park is a protected area located in the South- Eastern California on the border of Mojave and Colorado Desert (part of Sonoran deserts). Mojave Desert is higher and cooler area of the Joshua Tree National Park. The name of the protected reserve comes from a forest of Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia) as well as unique rock formation (known as Inselbergs) that dominate the area.

 

 

 

The Irish band U2 took photos of the whole group in this park for their album of the same title, The Joshua Tree, winner of a Grammy award and recognized as the best work of the group. Other photos of this album were taken in the ghost town of Bodie, California (Sierra Nevada Mountains in California), and mainly in the Death Valley National Park. Precisely in the surroundings of this is where the photo of the iconic and iconic Joshua tree that appears on the back cover was taken. A part of Joshua Tree National Park is covered by rounded rocks of low height, which are one of the attractions of the park, especially for practitioners of the climbing mode called bulder. The San Andrés fault delimits an area to the south of the park, this being an area of ​​seismic activity.

The rich fauna and flora of this area made it attractive for the establishment of hunter-gatherer peoples in the past. In the 19th century, the California Gold Rush motivated the establishment of mining towns and farmers. At present, Joshua Tree National Park is not inhabited or commercially exploited, being a protected area since 1936.

 

 

Fees and permits

Fees for entry, as of 26 July 2018, are:
$30 for a 7-day single vehicle pass
$25 for a 7-day motorcycle pass
$15 for a 7-day pass for an individual on foot or on a bicycle
$55 for the Joshua Tree National Park Annual Pass (good for 12 months, covers the entrance fee for the pass signee and accompanying passengers entering in a single, non-commercial vehicle)

 

There are several passes for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at national parks and national wildlife refuges, and also cover standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes are valid at all national parks including Joshua Tree National Park:

The $80 Annual Pass (valid for twelve months from date of issue) can be purchased by anyone. Military personnel can obtain a free annual pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a Senior Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site for $80, or through the mail for $90; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and age. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities. Seniors can also obtain a $20 annual pass.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can obtain an Access Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site at no charge, or through the mail for $10; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and permanent disability. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered 250 or more hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can receive a free Volunteer Pass.
4th graders can receive an Annual 4th Grade Pass that allows free entry for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August) to the bearer and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. Registration at the Every Kid in a Park website is required.
In 2018 the National Park Service will offer four days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day weekend).

 

 

 

 

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