Have you been thinking about visiting a national park? Well, do not delay any longer because now is the perfect time to plan your visit. The National Park Service is celebrating the start of their second century by waiving entrance fees during Veteran’s Day weekend (November 11th-12th). So, strap on your hiking boots and take advantage of the free admission.
If you are unsure about which national park to visit, consider planning a trip to the Castle Mountains. The Castle Mountains encompass native desert grasslands and wildlife habitat for Golden Eagles, and some of the finest Joshua tree, pinon pine, and juniper forests in the California Desert. The area features stunning vistas of the rocky California and Nevada desert mountain ranges, including Nevada’s Spirit Mountain, which is revered by southwestern Native American tribes and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.When you visit the Castle Mountains you will also be exposed to a wide array of wildlife. The Castle Mountains provide critical habitat for the desert
bighorn sheep, mule deer, bobcats, mountain lions, golden eagles, Swainson’s hawks, desert tortoise, gila monsters, prairie falcons, Bendire’s thrashers, grey vireo, Townsend big-eared bats and California leaf-nosed bats.
In addition to its diverse wildlife, the area is also a testament to Native American and Pioneer heritage. As you explore, you will come across elements of Native American, Western American, and mining histories, including an obsidian source, and the Hart and Viceroy mines. Beneath the shadow of Hart Peak are rich Native American archaeological sites and the historic gold mining ghost town of Hart.
The natural and historic features of the Castle Mountains makes it the perfect destination for your trip to a national park.If you are seeking accommodations during Veteran’s Day weekend, Ayres Hotel Barstow is within close proximity to the Castle Mountains. This boutique hotel features personalized service and guests will relish a distinctive hotel stay marked by a warm and welcoming team and a redefined sense of hospitality.