Finally, we have a battle over public lands that doesn’t feel quite so fraught with apocalyptic undertones. Or overtones, for that matter. Saguaro National Park and Joshua Tree National Park have been waging a good old fashioned Intagram 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.

And so, the pinks and the purples and the oranges and the deep reds and burnt umbers have been flying across the internet, polychrome salvos in a battle no one loses and everyone wins. #parksunsetwars is trending.

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PARK SUNSET WARS: As the “sun starts to set” 🤔😕😔 on the #parksunsetwars We just want to first thank @joshuatreenps as well as all of the other parks and the public for a hard fought #parksunsetwars. I would have to agree with many of the folks who commented that this is a war where everyone wins. The National Parks were established to not only protect important natural and cultural resources, but to also be a place where these resources can be adventured in and enjoyed. It’s been truly encouraging to see so many gorgeous visitor photos celebrating these resources. If you enjoyed #parkwars, leave what you want to see in the next park wars in the comments below or in the feed of your favorite national park. Oh and @joshuatreenps until we meet again….. #TheBattleMayBeOverButTheWarRagesOn 🌵(NP,📸:@michael_carroll_images) #saguaronationalpark #nationalparkservice #parksunsetwars #sunset #azparks #saguaro

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From our desert challengers in the North and East with their salty wit and dry humor, to our frigid foes across the sea to the West – You have all fought valiantly and honorably. Though all claims to the throne were legitimate (and very well deserved) we will not ask visitors to bend the knee for this round of #parksunsetwars. Thank you to every park and visitor who participated in this battle by sharing their amazing sunset photos. Though shade was thrown, we shine brighter as one NPS community. We look forward to more challenges and “battles” that encourage stewardship and celebrate our park resources. @saguaronationalpark thank you! #HouseJoshuaTree #WinterIsDefinitelyNotComingItsReallyHotOutside . . . [📸 by @seanbagshaw; #alttext Cholla cactus are illuminated by the golden setting sun with distant mountains in the background]

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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.