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Joshua Tree National Park

With the recent celebration of the National Park Service’s 100 Year Anniversary, Joshua Tree National Park celebrated a birthday of its own just two weeks prior. This stunning expanse of natural desert beauty has been preserved for the people for 80 years, and there are plenty of reasons for you to check it out on your next visit to Santiago.

From the park’s iconic and distinctive namesake trees to the breathtaking granite rock formations, from the desert wildlife to the flourishing cacti and desert plants, there’s much more to see than you might expect. Everyone from curbside photo-taker to enthusiastic back-country hiker should take time to visit this special place near Palm Springs.

This protected area encompasses over 1,200 square miles of the stunning Mojave Desert. Over 1.3 million visitors enter the park each year to experience Joshua Tree’s scenic vistas, that are easily accessible via paved roads that traverse the length of the park.

Definitely visit one of the Park’s Visitor Centers in order to plan your time at the park most wisely. Whether you’re all about hiking, camping, photography, rock climbing or simply enjoying the serene desert scenery, the helpful Park Rangers will give you the park map and let you know the best spots to visit for your interests, and you can find out if there are special programs or tours available.

You can also find more information and helpful resources on the park’s web site: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm. The Plan Your Visit page is especially helpful.

Below you’ll find some of frequent Santiago Resort Guest, Toby J. Morris’ images of Joshua Tree. Toby is a fine art nature and landscape photographer out of Las Vegas, and he’s photographed 29 of the 59 National Parks, as well as numerous National Monuments. You can find his Joshua Tree images available for purchase on www.tobyjmorris.com.

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2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Dive into the new year with one of the hottest annual events in the Inland Empire, the Palm Springs International Film Festival. Santiago serves as a relaxing, beautiful oasis from which to explore all the spectacle and glamour.

The renowned festival welcomes over 136,000 enthusiastic filmgoers January 2-15. They’ll start off 2017 with Hollywood stars, some of the world’s finest cinema, film discussions and awards. Attendees can expect premieres and showings of movies from scores of countries. And lots of popcorn from Orville Redenbacher. Book your room now and kick the new year off right.

With past movies featuring well-known celebrities like Benicio del Toro, Jesse Eisenberg, Sally Field, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Isabella Rossellini, Tim Robbins, Emma Roberts, Tim Roth, Maggie Smith and many more, festival goers are certain to be wowed by incredible acting talent, and new rising stars and up-and-coming directors from around the world.

While the 2017 schedule hasn’t been officially announced yet, you can be sure that it will include similar star power, exciting discussions and exceptional premieres, so keep checking back on the festival’s website: www.psfilmfest.org to get the lineup of features and purchase tickets as soon as they become available…because they go fast!

 

 

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