The Beauty of Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is a scenic place everyone should visit when they spend a bit of time in Southern California.

Large boulders and a Joshua tree.
Large boulders and a Joshua tree.

Joshua Tree National Park is located near the city of Twentynine Palms, and it is about 130 miles east of Los Angeles. Visiting Joshua Tree is the perfect day trip for those who are in Southern California for the week, and you can even go hiking on the trails if you have a few hours to spend. There are even camps ground in Joshua Tree National Moment for those who would like to stay for a few days.

Coming to Joshua Tree in the summer might not be advisable if you do not like the heat, so you might prefer to go to the park during the winter and early spring months. If you visit Joshua Tree in February, you can see the variety of wild flowers to photograph. Joshua Tree is a visual feast for the nature photographer, or anyone who just loves to take hikes in Southern California. The Joshua trees are a member of the Agave plant family, and are closely related to the yucca plant that can also be found in the park.

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The solitary Joshua tree looks amazing next to the large boulders.

A day out at Joshua Tree.
A day out at Joshua Tree.

One day this spring I was able to walk around and take pictures out at Joshua Tree National Park.

Purple wild flowers spotted out a Joshua Tree.
Purple wild flowers spotted out a Joshua Tree.

The purple wild flowers I spotted out at Joshua Tree are truly spectacular.

A stunning Joshua Tree in the foreground.
A stunning Joshua Tree in the foreground.

Here is a picture I took of a Joshua Tree in the foreground, and others in the distance.

Joshua Trees and magnificent boulders in the distance.
Joshua Trees and magnificent boulders in the distance.

I always have a spectacular time walking around looking at the boulders and all of the Joshua trees, which were until recently considered to be part of the Lily family. We now know that these mono-cots are part of the Agave plant family.

The Joshua tree and the boulder.
The Joshua tree and the boulder.

The Joshua tree in this picture almost looks like it is bending towards the boulder.

Large boulder formation out at Joshua Tree.
Large boulder formation out at Joshua Tree.

Seeing large boulder formations out at Joshua Tree is quite amazing.

A Joshua tree near the large boulder formation.
A Joshua tree near the large boulder formation.

I always catch my self staring at the Joshua treess near the large boulder formation. This Joshua tree is the focal point of the photograph above.

Joshua trees interspersed among boulders.
Joshua trees interspersed among boulders.

This picture features many Joshua trees interspersed among the large boulders.

The large boulder formations in this picture almost look like hats.
The large boulder formations in this picture almost look like hats.

The large boulder formations near these Joshua trees almost look like hats to me.

One of the most amazing views out at Joshua tree.
One of the most amazing views out at Joshua tree.

The boulder formation above is one of the most amazing views to be seen out at Joshua Tree.

Two Joshua trees look like they are having a conversation.
Two Joshua trees look like they are having a conversation.

The two Joshua trees in the picture above look as if they are having a conversation together in the desert.

The beauty of the rock formations from the distance.
The beauty of the rock formations from the distance.

The rock formations look quite beautiful in the distance, behind the Joshua trees in the foreground.

The large rock formation and the beautiful Joshua tree.
The large rock formation and the beautiful Joshua tree.

It is always spectacular to behold the large rock formations out at Joshua tree.

More large boulders out at Joshua tree.
More large boulders out at Joshua tree.

Looking up a rock formation with huge boulders can be awe inspiring, and seeing the small Joshua tree below is quite breath-taking.

Zooming in on the rock formation.
Zooming in on the rock formation.

In this picture I am zooming in on the rock formation, and I love the view of the Joshua tree at the bottom.

A few of more Joshua trees.
A few of more Joshua trees.

There is a myriad beautiful Joshua trees and boulders to be seen as you stroll around Joshua Tree National Park.

I see more boulders and Joshua trees as I go for a hike.
I see more boulders and Joshua trees as I go for a hike.

As I continue my hike around Joshua Tree, I drink in all the magnificent boulders and Joshua trees.

The Joshua tree looks small in comparison to the rocks.
The Joshua tree looks small in comparison to the rocks.

When I took pictures of the Joshua trees next to the rock formation, I could not help but notice how small these were in comparison.

More Joshua tree all around.
More Joshua tree all around.

Each Joshua tree is special and unique, and I definitely want to draw one in the future.

Enjoying a walk among the Joshua trees.
Enjoying a walk among the Joshua trees.

It is quite easy to enjoy a walk among the Joshua trees, but I recommend proper hiking shoes. Wearing sandals is a no-no when it comes to hiking out at Joshua National Park.

The Joshua trees are very alluring.
The Joshua trees are very alluring.

Hiking around Joshua Tree National Monument is a day well spent in nature. Definitely consider visiting this park if you are ever in the Southern California region, and do not forget to bring your camera.

The two Joshua trees are waving goodbye, and hope you will visit again real soon!
The two Joshua trees are waving goodbye, and hope you will visit again real soon!

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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

We don't have these trees around here (upstate New York) so I was very interested. Thank you for the excellent pics, Sweetie Pie. I just got a new digital camera (my first one didn't work out) and am hoping to get some pictures this week of my walking path, so we can compare terrain, so to speak.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Paradise,

Joshua Tree is about thirty miles from me, but I love going out there to admire those unique and unusual trees. I look forward to seeing some of your photography in an upcoming hub.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I love the big boulders and rock formations, they're fantastic and the Joshua tree stunning.

Wonderful photos.

Many thanks for sharing, it's great to be able to visit these places via HubPages!


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Jeanne Grunert 5 years ago from Virginia

Beautiful hub, and what inspiring photos. Thank you for a great Hub!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Movie Master,

I glad you were able to see a bit of Joshua tree, via the Internet.

Jeanne Grunert,

I am glad you enjoyed the pictures!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A beautiful and yet fascinating unusual park. Thank you for sharing.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

I appreciate your comments Hello, Hello. Yes, the Joshua trees are like nothing you will ever see in the world, and only to be found in the high deserts of California, and some parts of Arizona.


george 567 5 years ago

hello sweetiepie. wonderfull pictures. you are so lucky!


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

Your beautiful photographs of Joshua Tree National Park reminded me of how much we enjoyed camping there a few years ago. We loved the rock formations and loved seeing the Joshua Trees. During our visit there was a cold snap and it snowed. We froze, but also got to see some of the rocks and trees with their white frosting which was very beautiful. Voted up and beautiful!


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks George!

Thanks for your comments Stephanie! I am sure your snow covered Joshua trees would make a beautiful hub.


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Pearldiver 4 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Hello SweetiePie.. long time.. wow this is awesome terrain but I always thought that Joshua Trees were bigger for some reason... This makes me want to go and do some subtropical landscaping...

Hahaha would you mind sending a few cuttings from your next trip? Love your pics and am completely taken back at how much work you have done since I last visited your site. Well done and great subject matter... you take care.


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Peardiver,

Thanks for your lovely comments! There are bigger Joshua trees, but these ones are the average sized ones. We are not allowed to cut off parts of the Joshua trees, but you might be able to email the Joshua Tree National Monument, and I think maybe they can direct you to nurseries that are allowed to sell small joshua trees.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Your photos particularly the ones of the unique rocks in the Joshua Tree National Park are spectacular! Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting plus will share. I am also adding a link from this hub to my latest published one regarding the 8 national parks in California. This will make a great addition to that hub. Thanks!


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Rusticliving 3 years ago from California

Hi SweetiePie- I used to live in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley. You captured the true essence of the park. Pictures are beautiful. I enjoyed the hub very much. Happy New Year---Lisa‚ô•


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

We have driven through Joshua Tree often, yet I never get over the beauty of the desert and these "other worldly" trees. Thanks for sharing your article with us!


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SweetiePie 3 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Wow, thanks for doing that, Peggy! I will have to read some of your latest hubs.

@Rusticliving

It sounds like Joshua Tree was a nice place to live. Thanks!

@Deborah

I feel the same way about the trees, and thanks for your comments!


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promisem 11 months ago

Some of those rock formations look unreal -- almost as if someone piled them there. It's a fascinating place.


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SweetiePie 11 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

There is a very otherworldly look to these rock formations.

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