- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is taking the first family on a mini-vacation to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico and Yosemite National Park in California during Father’s Day weekend.

The White House notes the trip is taking place as the National Park Service nears its 100th birthday. The administration is using the trip to highlight Obama’s efforts to preserve land through the creation of new national monuments.

Yosemite has been a part of the National Park Service since it was established, with more than 4 million people visiting in 2015.

Carlsbad was established as a national monument in 1923 and contains more than 119 caves.

The White House is announcing the trip with a Facebook video of the president visiting Yellowstone and other national parks earlier in his presidency.

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