To get oriented and obtain information on weather and wildlife conditions, stop by the Visitors Information Center. Last weekend, there were park rangers and volunteers steering the many visitors to areas where the flowers were in bloom. Designed to keep cool during the desert's blazing hot summers, the information center is built underground, beneath a demonstration desert garden. A nature trail here takes you through a garden containing examples of most of the native flora and a little pupfish pond. 200 Palm Canyon Dr., Hwy. S22.
Hi temperatures reaching 120°F are not uncommon in the desert during the warmer months. The average July maximum is 110°F - and a 30°F difference possible between the often cloud covered western peaks and the parched deserts far below. Such is the heat in summer that the visitor center is open only on weekends, as far fewer people visit here than in the cooler seasons.
Posted by Nancy at 6:42 AM