Located in southeastern California, Joshua Tree National Park is one of America’s most rugged national treasures. Sections of two separate deserts are included in the park, the Mojave and the Colorado Desert, making it home to many unique plants and animals. These hardy organisms have learned to adapt to the harsh conditions, creating separate ecosystems in both the higher altitudes of the Mojave Desert and the lower altitudes of the Colorado Desert. Named for the Joshua trees which grow natively there, Joshua Tree National Park was declared a U.S. National Park under the California Desert Protection Act of 1994, although it had stood as a U.S. National Monument since 1936.
A Quick History of the Park
Measuring in at 1,235 square miles (790,636 acres), Joshua Tree National Park is the 15th largest national park in the U.S. by size. According to the U.S. National Park Service, over 1.25 million people now visit the park each year, [Read more…]
Glacier National Park straddles the continental divide, providing an epic crossing through Logan Pass, via the narrow twists and turns of the “Going to the Sun Road.” As the only road which crosses the park, the Going to the Sun Road is known as a feat of engineering, and driving it will leave you very much in awe – as long as the shock of the kinks and bends doesn’t overpower you. [Read more…]
Although the size of the park alone is impressive, Kruger National Park’s biggest draw is that it is home to Africa’s “Big 5” – the lion, African elephant, rhinoceros, cape buffalo, and the leopard. The term Big 5 was coined by big game hunters, as these 5 animals are the most difficult to hunt via foot. Rather than hunting these creatures, you can enroll in any number of safari tours and see them from the comfort (and relative safety) of a jeep. If you are a little more adventurous, you also have the option of getting up close and personal with the second largest land mammal in the world by taking a walking rhinocerous tour. [Read more…]