Exploring the wilderness is always an adventure. Thankfully, we live in a country full of beautiful destinations awaiting our explorations. Today’s #WildernessWednesday highlights three of the newest National Monuments in the U.S.A. - Castle Mountains, Mojave Trails, and Sand to Snow - that were declared official monuments by President Obama in February. Consider adding these destinations to your plans for an epic summer adventure. Are you ready for a few great #NolahDays exploring these National Monuments?
All three National Monuments are located in the heart of California’s desert lands. The addition of these National Monuments encapsulates rich natural plant life in unbroken forests, fascinating human history, and a seamless merge of modern society into a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of California’s largest cities.
Nestled into the Mojave Desert, the 21,000 acre Castle Mountains National Monument hosts thousands of species, desert grasslands (quite a rare feature), and unique human history that gives insight to some of the first homosapiens to graze the land. There is currently no fee for visiting the National Monument, so get out there!
Hike, camp, drive, and study some of the most historically rich, environmentally intoxicating 1.6 million acres of public land that is now the Mojave Trails National Monument. Take a drive along a stretch of Route 66 between jagged rocky mountain tops and sweeping slopes of sand; pull over for some camping, and don’t forget to investigate the World War II training camps.
Sand to Snow
Whether you’re a fan of stargazing and backpacking or you’re more of a daytrip hiker, you’ll enjoy your time at Sand to Snow National Monument. This wilderness adventure will leave you wanting more because you’ll see exquisite changes in habitat. The San Gorgonio Mountain towers more than 10,000 feet from the Sonoran Desert floor, giving animals, plants, and people an amazing exposure to the desert floor and mountain peak in one view.