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CANTIL — California State Parks commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994 a celebration of 100 years of scenic fanciful place names at Red Rock Canyon California State Park by holding an Instagram photo contest sponsored by the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association through Instagram for visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Saturday, Nov. 9.

The contest consists of selfies, scenics and wildlife at historic sites on map revealed day of event.

WHAT:             25 Years of Desert Conservation

WHEN:           Saturday, Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for visitors

WHERE:    Red Rock Canyon State Park

                     Visitor Center, 37749 Abbott Dr., Cantil,  93519

WHO:               Russ Dingman, Great Basin District Superintendent

                        Carolyn Neipris-Jones, Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association President

As part of the celebration, the park will host a “Hidden Treasures of Red Rock Canyon State Park” photo contest sponsored by the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association through Instagram for visitors from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration to participate is free. Visitors must use the #CARedRockCanyonHiddenTreasures in their Instagram posts to be eligible. For additional information and contest rules, visit

• Dress in layers, bring a jacket just in case. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

• Bring water, snacks/food and sun protection.

• Restrooms available at the visitor center.

• Park entrance fee for visitors is $6 per vehicle per day and camping is $25 per night. Camping is on a first-come, first-serve basis and campgrounds can fill up quickly during holiday weekends in the fall so arriving Thursday or Friday morning is recommended.

With over 25,000 acres, as well as being one of the most densely packed resource-rich parks in the entire state park system, Red Rock Canyon State Park is a spectacular unique landscape. This acreage is filled with special features, sacred places and sensitive, uncommon plants and animals. The state park is truly a sensitive, beautiful, inspiring, and scientifically and culturally significant landscape.

Two-thirds of Red Rock Canyon’s current acreage is the result of Congress passing the CDPA. Congress recognized the importance of Red Rock Canyon’s heritage as a valued and precious desert environment. The CDPA transferred over 17,000 acres to Red Rock Canyon SP. The legislation specifically emphasized management of this acreage “to provide maximum protection for the area’s scenic and scientific values”.

The CDPA catalyzed 25 years of desert conservation measures which have brought enormous benefits to the regions, collectively creating what is today three national parks, five national monuments and millions of acres of lands specifically to be used for recreation and protection of cultural, historical and biological treasures. This collective matrix of protected lands draws millions of visitors from all over the world each year.

Scattered throughout the southeastern corner of the California desert are more than 9 million acres of public lands, reaching from the northern end of Death Valley to the U.S.-Mexico Border. These unspoiled public lands were protected through federal legislation, monument designations and land-use planning processes over the last 25 years to preserve their spectacular scenery, ecological values, and rich human history.

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