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Contact: George Land, 760-367-5507
The park in cooperation with the Morongo Basin Healthcare District is inviting the public to come out and Take A Hike with park superintendent David Smith at 9am on April 23. Hikers will meet up and depart from Twin Tanks backcountry board, (located between Bell and White Tank campgrounds) and proceed on an approximately two mile loop.
The Take a Hike program is free and enables local medical providers to write a prescription for entrance into the park, good for ninety days, to walk or hike on pre-designated routes of varying lengths and physical challenge. Joshua Tree National Park is one of 54 such partnerships in the nation working with doctors and other medical professionals to make parks a component of health and recovery. Superintendent David Smith says, “Whether for kids or adults, hiking can be an important part of a preventative maintenance program for all Americans. The park service is excited to partner with the local medical community in making people healthier.”
Participants are encouraged to wear footwear appropriate for hiking, bring water, sunscreen and a hat. The hike is free and open to the public.