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Joshua Tree National Park  Official Instagram of Joshua Tree National Park. Become an ambassador for JTNP by showing the world how you #ExploreResponsibly when you're here.

http://nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/exploreresponsibly.htm

Pollinators are the backbone of our desert ecosystems. Because of them we get to enjoy the vast diversity of plants and colorful wildflowers. Thank you birds and bees and bats and butterflies (etc.) 🦋 #PollinatorWeek
Photo credit: NPS/Robb Hannawacker, first and third photo, NPS/HannahSchwalbe, second photo.

We love our yogi visitors ✌️ Hope you are all having a great #internationalyogaday 💛
Photo credits in order: @kindtraveler, @dunayoga & NPS/Hannah Schwalbe of @satanslittlesweetie

"With the stress of human interaction already showing a negative impact on the national park, it's more important now that ever to enjoy the area in a non destructive manner. How can we be stewards rather than just visitors to the National Parks?" -@benhortonphoto. This photo was one of our finalist for our photo contest we love the simplicity of photograph with the complexity of the question. How do you think we can be stewards rather than just visitors?
Great photo @benhortonphoto!

Please take heat advisory warnings seriously. Trail conditions (especially 49 Palms Oasis & Lost Palms Oasis trails) may be deadly due to extreme heat through next week. #DontDieToday
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[NPS/Brad Sutton; #alttext 3-image collage; top-rocky hillside, left-posted sign with bighorn skull decal warning, right-large outdoor thermometer reading over 110°F]

Wildlife seek out shade, especially in summer. Drive slowly and safely and check for wildlife under your car before driving!
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[NPS Photo; a small coyote lays curled on a two-lane paved road in the narrow strip of shade cast by a Joshua tree's branches]

No matter what time of day (or night) you visit, @rzzycollections reminds us that, "When traveling to Joshua Tree it is important to always pack in and pack out, leaving no trace. #exploreresponsibly and it will continue to be a beautiful place!!!"
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We couldn't have said it any better ourselves.

Congratulations Ed Lilly, @shambeau.lilly! His image was selected as the winning image out of over 1,000 entries in the 2017 JTNP Photo Contest. This image will be featured on the 2018 Joshua Tree Annual Pass.
Ed said in his caption "Protect and preserve through the medium of photography. Showing that safe guarding the Joshua Tree environment will ensure incredible experiences for everyone who has the opportunity to visit." Well said! 👏 We love how you captured such a unique experience in Indian Cove Campground.
We would like to thank everyone who submitted their work. It was lovely hearing about your experiences in the park and why we should continue to protect Joshua Tree. There were so many beautiful photographs you all made choosing a winner very difficult. Keep updated as we post some photos from finalists in the upcoming weeks.
#JTNPphotocontest #ilovejoshuatree #exploreresponsibly #joshuatree

Expect temperatures to soar this weekend. An #ExcessiveHeatWatch is in effect for the region Saturday through Tuesday.
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Temperatures may reach 115° in lower elevation areas across the region.
Keep yourself and loved ones safe by avoiding activity during the day and drinking lots of water. If planning a visit to the park, leave pets at home.

Save the Date for the 2017 Joshua Tree National Park Art Exposition
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September 16-17, 2017
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Art Exhibition • Artists' Market • Demos • Music • Food
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29 Palms Inn & 29 Palms Art Gallery

Did u spot a flash of yellow amongst the branches of a Joshua tree? The Scott's Oriole is just as big of a fan of the Joshua tree as we are! These colorful birds use fibers from Joshua trees and other yucca plants to make oblong nests hung from Joshua leaves. You still have a chance to spot one until they migrate south around the end of summer.
Amazing photo by: @the_peck_deck
#birding

No chlorophyll, no problem! Pholisma arenarium, also know as Desert Christmas Tree and Sand Plant grows no leaves and lacks chlorophyll. The plant uses its long underground stem to attach to another plant's roots and absorb that plant's nutrients --> Maybe Desert Grinch would be a more appropriate name than Desert Christmas Tree for this parasitic plant. Regardless of the name this plant is rare and losing habitat. We are happy that Joshua Tree provides a refuge for these funny looking plants.
Disclaimer: this photo was put up in a series of wildflower photos yesterday, but we received so many questions about it, we decided to highlight it today.
Photo by NPS/Hannah Schwalbe.

Day dreaming of cooler days 🌼 This year the park had a huge, beautiful bloom. Thank you to all of our visitors for leaving the flowers in the ground, untrammeled and uninjured. Because you kept our wildflowers wild, able to reproduce and sprout anew next year, we can day dream of the 2018 bloom with peace of mind ✌️ Photos by NPS/ Brad Sutton and Hannah Schwalbe.

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