Joshua Tree National Park
Exploring Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park, located in Southern California, is a wonderful place to visit or go camping. The majestic scenery offers numerous photo opportunities, and there are plenty of things to see and do.
I live in Southern California, and am surprised that many of my neighbors have never been to Joshua Tree. I enjoy visiting Joshua Tree and have made reservations to camp at Indian Cove Campground this October!
Joshua Tree encompasses nearly 800,000 acres that were set aside to protect natural resources. Different regions of the park include the Colorado Desert, the Mojave Desert, and the Little San Bernardino Mountains. These three ecosystems bring great plant and animal diversity, which is why Joshua Tree National Park was set aside on August 10, 1936.
In addition to plant and animal life, Joshua Tree has beautiful features including washes, playas, alluvial fans, bajadas, desert varnish, igneous and metamorphic rocks. The park is open year round to visitors.
Source: Joshua Tree National Park
Photos by: Mandy Stradley
Desert Photography - Joshua Tree "Yucca Brevifolia"
Joshua Trees grow in the Mohave Desert at certain elevations. You will only find them in California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. They do not grow anywhere else in the world!
Indian Cove Campground
Camping at Joshua Tree National Park
- Joshua Tree National Park
Viewed from the road, this desert park only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes.
- Federal Recreation, Camping and Tour Reservation Information.
Your gateway to discover America's Great Outdoors. Make your own reservations to go camping.
Camping in Joshua Tree is especially exciting when you are used to living in the city. During the night I enjoyed looking at all of the stars, and then I got to wake up to this!
Early Morning Yoga
What a perfect way to start the day!
Photo by: Frank Nielsen
Barker Dam Nature Loop
After camping at Indian Cove Campground, we drove into the main park to go on a few nature loops. Joshua Tree National Park has 12 self-guided nature walks. The Barker Dam Nature Loop features a water tank build by early cattle ranchers.
Joshua Tree National Park is an extremely popular place to go rock climbing. At Joshua Tree there are thousands of locations to climb.
Rock Climbing Gear
Joshua Tree Photo GalleryClick thumbnail to view full-size
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Do you think Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" is related to a Joshua Tree?