National Park Hikes In California, Arizona, And Utah
With Spring fast approaching, it’s time to start planning your next hiking adventure. Three fantastic day or overnight national park hikes are in the Saguaro Park, the Joshua Tree National Park, and Zion National Park.
Cooler, spring-time temperatures are ideal for these desert day-hikes.
View the short video below for a quick intro of each:
Saguaro National Park no longer sells disposable bottled water or soda from vending machines on site. The EPA estimates that less than 15% of plastic water bottles are recycled; the rest go into landfills or are discarded as litter.
There are new water bottle filling stations located at each visitor center as well as the Rincon Mountain District bike ramada. BPA-free reusable water bottles are available for purchase in either visitor center.
The Joshua Tree National Park is a “living laboratory” that helps us understand how environmental factors have shaped this desert ecosystem, and how these same factors may be changing it. Shaped primarily by wind, rain and geologic processes, the Joshua Tree ecosystem is complex and dynamic. Most changes happen very slowly.
However, both wildfire and human-caused factors can change the landscape very quickly.
12,000 years ago the Zion’s first peoples, the Anasazi, tracked mammoth, giant sloth, and camel across southern Utah. Climate change and over-hunting caused these animals to die out about 8,000 years ago.
As resources dwindled 2,600 years ago, people turned to cultural farming traditions specific to this diverse landscape.
Today, Zion National Park is a beautiful wilderness sanctuary to be treasured by all.
Make an effort to enjoy several National Park hikes this Spring.
Now Go Outdoors!