Hike, Climb and Camp in this Desert National Park

You love getting outside and exploring different landscapes. Have you ever visited the national park described below? Read the five clues and look at the photos and see if you can guess the name of this mystery destination.

Mystery Destination
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  • A national monument since 1936, this area was officially made a national park in 1994. It gets its name from a tree native to the area.

  • At over 790,000 acres, this park is slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island.

  • The park is popular with rock climbers and was originally a winter practice area while Yosemite Valley and other parts of the Sierra Nevada were snowbound, but later became an area of interest in its own right. There are thousands of named climbing routes, at all levels of difficulty.

  • The area is a popular location for amateur astronomy and stargazing. The park's elevation and dry desert air, along with the relatively stable atmosphere in the area, often make for excellent astronomical observing conditions.

  • Many hiking trails take adventurers to panoramic lookouts including one that offers views of the state's largest lake. The lake is below sea level and has a higher salinity than the Pacific Ocean.

Do you know which national park we are talking about? Enter your guess in the comments below. Have you visited this park? When?

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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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