honeybeeA few days ago, the Jumbo Rock Campsite in the center of the National Park was closed until August 10th, due to “non-aggressive, but persistent, swarms of bees seeking moisture,” according to a park spokesman.

Due to some extremely dry weather in the park lately, the bees have been swarming to try to find sources of moisture — which up until this closing have included sweaty hikers and campers.

This closure isn’t expected to cause much of a problem – summer is the lowest camping season for Joshua Tree, due to blistering temperatures – but the park will be re-opening nearby Ryan Campground to make up for the loss of sleeping spaces.

Image by PaulS. Story via National Parks Traveler.

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