Does this photo look like someone's backyard or property of the National Park Service? Unfortunately, it's the latter, taken after last year's Fourth of July celebration in Fort Mason Great Meadow, a park in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. (More photos can be seen here). That incident, plus another last year on Earth Day, is still fresh in the minds of park rangers, who today announced new rules for the meadow.
Can you really fry an egg on the sidewalk? As temperatures have recently soared in Death Valley National Park, probably breaking records, people sure have been trying. There's no harm in that, but it becomes a problem when visitors all but abandon their culinary curiosities for someone else to clean up.
"[T]he Death Valley NP maintenance crew has been busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot," a post on the park's Facebook stated today.
What happens when you spend countless early mornings hiking national parkland to capture just the right moment? For photographer Simon Christen, it's a love letter to the San Francisco Bay area's fog. To me, his missive is a soft whisper, convincing me to head out to the hills north of the city at dawn.
Christen's spot, the Marin Headlands in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is part of the second most visited national park unit in the country. Urban parks like this can offer millions access within minutes of leaving home and he exemplifies someone taking advantage of that fully. "For about 2 years," he writes on Vimeo about his film, "if the weather looked promising, I would set my alarm to 5am ... and then set off on the 45-minute drive ... "
There were many meteorological eyes trained on Death Valley National Park this past weekend. One hundred years ago on July 10, a spot in the valley reached 134 degrees, which is the planet's hottest-ever recorded temperature. And with this heat wave, many were curious -- hoping, maybe -- if that record would be broken.
For desert winter campgrounds, go here.
Yes, you can go camping in the desert in the summer. No, you don't have to have a death wish to do so. Even though summer is usually the time of year when the desert is the least hospitable, you can still enjoy staying outdoors in California's arid lands if you do one or more of the following: 1) go north, 2) go uphill, 3) go prepared for heat.
[Update, 6/14/13: The trail has re-opened, according to John Miller, a Forest Service spokesperson.]
A 2,850-acre fire in Riverside and San Bernardino counties is burning an area so remote that only one trail closure has been issued, but you might want to rethink hikes between Big Bear and Joshua Tree National Park anyway. The Hathaway Fire, which started Sunday on the Morongo Reservation near Banning, has roared uphill on the south slopes of San Gorgonio Mountain in the days since, filling the desert with thick smoke from Landers to the Coachella Valley.
Tomorrow is National Get Outdoors Day and the U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees for all parks. Admission to the Angeles National Forest, along with Los Padres, San Bernardino, and Cleveland national forests will be free.
National Get Outdoors Day is an annual observance that began in 2008. The goal: to encourage families to seek healthy active lives. Studies have found that American
children spend 50 percent less time in the outdoors than they did 20 years ago.
The Powerhouse Fire that has burned over 30,000 acres in northern Los Angeles County reached into one of state's best places for viewing the state flower: the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve. Officials said the blaze burned about 10 acres or less at the state park's northwest corner near the North Poppy Loop Trail.
That might sound bad -- and it actually could be -- but since wildfires can be a natural part of California's land lifecycle, there may be a positive outcome.
In March, across the board cuts throughout the federal government known as sequestration hit every single national park unit in the system. Now, with Memorial Day weekend signaling summer vacation season, a congressional report looks at the damage.
At issues is what was expected: services cut risk tourism appeal thus affecting jobs and the local economy in surrounding communities. From the Grand Tetons to Great Smokey National Park, campgrounds are closed or will open later in the season. In the Grand Canyon, reduction in visitor center hours is estimated to affect a half million visitors. At Cape Cod National Seashore, some 49,000 people will not be able to do programs like guided walks.