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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.
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