State - California
Death Valley National Park is one of the hottest, driest and lowest places on Earth. Its 3.3 million acres cover a land of extremes, ranging from Telescope Peak's 11,049' summit to -282' below sea level at Badwater. Explore remote sand dunes, broad salt flats, dry lake beds, marbled canyons, colorful badlands, and ancient calderas. Death Valley's complex ecology supports a rich wildlife community that includes bighorn sheep, mule deer, jackrabbit, coyote, fox, bobcat, and mountain lion.
Joshua Tree National Park is located 35 miles northeast of Palm Springs, California along Highway 62 between Yucca Valley and Twenty Nine Palms. Its 794,000 acres span 2 distinct desert systems and 3 sub eco-regions forming a unique ecological, biological and geological tapestry. To the west is the higher, wetter and cooler Mojave Desert, home of the park's eponymous tree. Below 3,000' to southeast is the Colorado Desert, a sub-district of the Sonoran Desert.
The San Francisco Bay Area is surrounded by ocean, estuaries, beaches, coastal hills, and redwood forests. These distinct and adjacent ecosystems support over 1,000 plant and animal species from Big Basin Redwoods State Park near San Jose to Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County. Explore hundreds of miles of diverse, multi-use trails within a short drive of the metropolitan area.