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A photo of Joshua Tree National Park taken in February of 2019.

I went to Joshua Tree after the government shutdown. Even though it looked picture-perfect, it could actually take the park 300 years to recover from ...

When I visited Joshua Tree this month, I didn't see any evidence of vandalism from the government shutdown. But the real damage may not be visible.

People are cutting down the namesake trees in Joshua Tree National Park during the government shutdown

People are cutting down Joshua trees to forge paths to restricted areas in the California park, according to National Parks Traveler.
Amanda McLearn-Montz and Ian Buchta planned to have their wedding in a national park.

The government shutdown forced a couple to move their wedding from a national park with just 7 days of warning

The federal government shutdown on December 22 over border wall funding forced the closure of Cabrillo National Monument Park, their wedding venue.
Closed for the holidays.

The National Christmas Tree is dark because of the government shutdown

National parks around the US will be closed to the public during the government shutdown — including the National Christmas Tree.
A worthy contender.

It’s officially Fat Bear Week at an Alaskan national park — and the 2018 winner has been crowned

To celebrate bears going into hibernation, Katmai National Park and Preserve created an event called Fat Bear Week: a March Madness-style competition that pits bears against each other to see which one has gained the most weight. Most importantly, the park encourages everyone to vote on Facebook.

America’s National Parks turn 100 today — these gorgeous vintage posters will inspire you to visit

The 413 parks in the system are some of the best places to experience the sense of wonder that nature can provide.