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Joshua Tree National Park

74485 National Park Dr, Joshua Tree National Park, California 92277 USA (760) 367-5500

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  • Hiking Area

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Rated 4.0 July 7, 2014 Top Review!

If you only have a day, hit up the visitors center before you head out and they’ll help you make the most out of your day. However, if you get the chance to stay for a few days, prepare to be amazed by the night sky; you’ll hardly be able to believe the stars.

The yucca trees (which are from the lily family) are amazing to see, and though some have unfortunately been vandalized, they look alien next to the craggy rock formations. Make sure to keep an eye our for tarantulas and scorpions while there!

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Joshua Tree National Park

74485 National Park Dr
Joshua Tree National Park, California 92277 USA

(760) 367-5500

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July 2, 2014

Astrophotography here is truly stunning! Highly recommending getting away from the popular spots and just taking one of the dirt roads off into the middle of nowhere for a truly authentic experience!

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May 26, 2014

Awesome place for astrophotography since it's so far from light pollution. Great trails as well and camping!

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Joshua Tree National Park is immense, nearly 800,000 acres, and infinitely variable. It can seem unwelcoming, even brutal during the heat of summer when, in fact, it is delicate and extremely fragile. This is a land shaped by strong winds, sudden torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. Rainfall is sparse and unpredictable. Streambeds are usually dry and waterholes are few. Viewed in summer, this land may appear defeated and dead, but within this parched environment are intricate living systems waiting for the opportune moment to reproduce. The individuals, both plant and animal, that inhabit the park are not individualists. They depend on their entire ecosystem for survival.

Two deserts, two large ecosystems primarily determined by elevation, come together in the park. Few areas more vividly illustrate the contrast between “high” and “low” desert. Below 3,000 feet (910 m), the Colorado Desert (part of the Sonoran Desert), occupying the eastern half of the park, is dominated by the abundant creosote bush. Adding interest to this arid land are small stands of spidery ocotillo and cholla cactus.The higher, slightly cooler, and wetter Mojave Desert is the special habitat of the undisciplined Joshua tree, extensive stands of which occur throughout the western half of the park. According to legend, Mormon pioneers considered the limbs of the Joshua trees to resemble the upstretched arms of Joshua leading them to the promised land. Others were not as visionary. Early explorer John Fremont described them as “…the most repulsive tree in the vegetable Kingdom.”

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Rated 4.0 August 31, 2014

Geologically, the park is a natural wonderland of boulders, stone hills and features such as Horror Rock. It’s basically a rock climber’s paradise. There are like thousands of named climbing routes throughout the park. I drove through here in August 2014 and it was incredible. Virtually every part of the park is picture-worthy. Bring water! It can be terribly hot in the summer.

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Rated 3.0 August 12, 2014

Meh it was pretty and the sunset lighting up the cacti was beautiful, but the Joshua trees were better (although smaller) in Death Valley.

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Rated 5.0 July 7, 2014

Awesome Rock formations and the moonrise is spectacular, go back after dark and see more stars than you have ever seen!

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Rated 5.0 February 16, 2015

Solid place for a one day trip or a longer weekend/week trip. Great climbing and bouldering. For scenic areas beyond the awesome rock formations everywhere and joshua trees, I recommend the Cholla cactus garden.

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October 19, 2013

Fall in love with this place every time I revisit.

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