Finally, we have a battle over public lands that doesn’t feel quite so fraught with political undertones. Saguaro and Joshua Tree National Parks have been waging a good old fashioned Instagram walk off over who has the best sunsets.
It started on May 5, when Saguaro posted the photo above, saying: “Ummm, what?! Did you know @saguaronationalpark has the best sunsets in the world? AND, the saguaro, which is an incredible cactus, can live up to 150-200 years old!! 🌵🌵 (LN, 📸: @discoverychannel ) #nojoke #seriouslythough #whyhaventyouvisited #datlandscapetho #saguaronationalpark
Joshua Tree was having none of it and threw some shade back, commenting, “Best sunsets in the world?” Lol suuuuure 😏”
Saguaro responded, “We are a little biased but still true. Wanna have a sun-set off?”
JT: “A SUNSET OFF? YOU’RE ON,” they replied.
THE SUNSET WAR CONTINUES. @joshuatreenps you have been warned, the feeling out period has ended and it’s time to start bringing out the big guns, try to beat this sunset photo. Saguaro visitors, keep posting your favorite Saguaro sunset photos with the hashtag #parksunsetwars. @joshuatreenps may have almost 4 times the followers then us but everyone loves an underdog (NP, 📸:@chuckjentliephotography) #saguaronationalpark #nationalparkservice #parksunsetwars #thatsaprettysunset #feelfreetowavethewhiteflag #bringiton
Although the two desert locales started #ParkSunsetWars, they aren’t the only ones to battle it out, with other parks since throwing their sunsets into the ring.
We heard that our friends @saguaronationalpark and @joshuatreenps were having a SUNSET WAR, and while we love our sibling parks…we have to point out that sunsets over the 700 sq mi Harding Icefield are pretty hard to beat. And we feel pretty confident that the @alaskanps family can compete with them. 😉 Help us out…share your best Kenai Fjords sunsets #parksunsetwars. #sunset #HardingIcefield #snow #ice #sun #nationalpark #alaska #AlaskaNPS #siblingrivalry #kenaifjords #KenaiFjordsNationalPark
Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska tweeted, “Oh really? Another hot park wanting to compete with us? We like to keep things cool when viewing our sunsets.” They included a picture of sunlit fog over snow caps. The comment didn’t go unnoticed by Death Valley National Park, one of the hottest places on Earth, who replied, “Beautiful! It must be nice to see a sunset a few times a year for you.”
It’s great to see the Parks engage in a bit of fun like this. No losers, and we, the public, are the winners as we get to see these beautiful pictures of our country. Definitely check out #ParkSunsetWars on Instagram.