American national parks are unique preserved lands available for everyone to enjoy. As the snow melts and flowers bloom this spring, be sure to head outdoors and discover what these parks have to offer; their sweeping landscapes are awaiting to be explored.
Some of the closest parks to the greater Los Angeles area are: Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, Channel Islands National Park, and Sequoia National Park. Further surrounding parks worth taking a drive to are Yosemite National Park and Zion National Park. Each one of them offers different scenery and unpredictable views. Aside from scenery and history, National parks offer a range of activities such as hiking, biking, camping, and climbing.
Spring is a wonderful time to visit your national park lands. Snowmelt brings the vegetation to full bloom and fills waterfalls and springs; phenomena which can only be experienced this time of year.
Don’t let the lack of water turn you away from our desert parks. Despite harsh weather conditions, the desert has lots to offer, ranging from snow capped mountains to harbor ecosystems, and red rock formations. December to March is prime time to visit the desert, take advantage of the cool temperatures and participate in ranger-led programs.
All of our national parks offer guided tours giving you expert information about the history of the parks, vegetation and wildlife.
CSUSB Recreation and Wellness offers Adventure Programs to provide the community and students with outdoor recreational opportunities. CSUSB Adventure offers something for everyone.
Some opportunities include day hikes into the local mountains, and overnight camping trips to local beaches, state parks, and national parks. They also offer backpacking in remote wilderness locations, surfing in California’s popular beaches, snowboarding at local mountain resorts, kayaking through all different bodies of water, group outings, team building and education programs.
Students can take a trip of a lifetime for a set fee that includes transportation, meals and accommodations.
Taking advantage of these opportunities offered by CSUSB will help you learn to safely explore the great outdoors, develop an appreciation and understanding of our natural surroundings, experience personal growth and leadership development, learn teamwork and healthy communication skills, and form new relationships.
“During my spring break at Zion, I was challenged both physically and mentally. With each footstep I took, I was always closer to my goal than the day before. I took a deep breath of air and felt the power around me. I was guided and surrounded by nature and I let it take me,” CSUSB student Brenda Mariscal said, “My experience during this trip was amazing because never before have I ever experienced such beauty and wonder than I did at Zion.”
When visiting our National Park lands, it is important to take precautionary measures such as bringing enough water, appropriate gear, and stay on trail are basic safety guidelines to keep everyone safe. Now get out there and explore!