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Joshua Tree National Park

Updated on September 7, 2014

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

Beautiful Sunrise

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.

Rock Climbing

Joshua Tree National Park is an extremely popular place to go rock climbing. At Joshua Tree there are thousands of locations to climb.

Joshua Tree Photo Gallery

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Indian Cove CampgroundJoshua Tree Visitor's CenterJuggling at Joshua Tree
Indian Cove Campground
Indian Cove Campground
Joshua Tree Visitor's Center
Joshua Tree Visitor's Center
Juggling at Joshua Tree
Juggling at Joshua Tree

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

Do you think Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" is related to a Joshua Tree?

What are your favorite national parks?

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    • qikey1 lm profile image

      qikey1 lm 

      4 years ago

      This is one of my favorites! I made a lens on it too ;) I have since moved from the area though and I am sure it will be a long time before I can return to it :(

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      Melissa Miotke 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      What vivid pictures! Beautiful:)

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      5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      I have not been to Joshua Tree National Park, but I have seen them in California. I just found an old photo of myself the other day from 1998 when I was posed in front of a large one on the roadside. My favourite National Parks in the USA that I have visited are Yosemite, Sequoia, Death Valley and Grand Canyon. Here in Australia my favourites are Springbrook and Lamington National Parks.

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      5 years ago

      @Lensmaster...Loving those beautiful national park pictures! Recently there was a winning racehorse named after this park -- nice to make the acquaintance of his namesake!

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      5 years ago

      DEath Valley is my favorite but Joshua Tree is beautiful.

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      5 years ago

      Pretty pictures. I lived a few miles away for about ten years.

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      5 years ago

      I've been to Joshua Tree lots of times, I grew up right next to it. I've also been to Zion, when it was snowing.

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      5 years ago

      I love Yosemite, Kings Canyon, Sequoia, Zion, Grand Canyon, and pretty much all I've visited are awesome. Joshua Tree is great too! I've been there more than any of the others.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Stunning pictures. Now you made me want to visit.

    • JJNW profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      How was juggling? Hope you had fun in Joshua Tree again!

    • dahlia369 profile image


      5 years ago

      Beautiful place, and lens, and your photos are absolutely stunning. Thank you so much for sharing them!! :)

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      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      Great pictures. I love them and the way you lay out your lens!

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      whiteskyline lm 

      5 years ago

      This is one for sure, absolutely majestic. I was there in October and it actually snowed in the afternoon.

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      Kathy McGraw 

      5 years ago from California

      I live pretty close to Joshua Tree, and it's surprising how large it is :) Pretty good the sunrise :)

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      5 years ago

      My son is planning a solo weekend trip/camp to Joshua Tree on his motorcycle, I'm forwarding you lens link to him. Love the photos.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 

      5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Haven't been there since I was a child growing up nearby. I need to go see those beautiful desert plants in your super photos. Thanks for the tour.

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      msalada lm 

      5 years ago

      Great pictures! I am hoping to get out west sometime soon.

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      darciefrench lm 

      5 years ago

      I would love to visit the Joshua Tree park and camp there. How beautiful. I love the geography of the place.

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      5 years ago

      Beautiful place, I just hope to get the chance and visit it sometime myself ...

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      5 years ago

      Nice lens ! Awesome photos, congrats

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      5 years ago

      Great lens with gorgeous pictures!

    • RestlessKnights profile image


      5 years ago

      Nice pictures!

    • siobhanryan profile image


      5 years ago

      Brillant lens-awesome photos.Angel Blessed

    • siobhanryan profile image


      5 years ago

      Brillant lens-awesome photos.Angel Blessed

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      5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures!

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      5 years ago

      Beautiful photos for a beautiful lens!

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      5 years ago

      I have never been to America, so I don't have a favourite one there. Joshua Tree (what an unusual name) looks really beautiful. Fantastic lens. Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      I enjoyed Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain National Park and the Great Sand Dunes. Great photos!

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      5 years ago

      We especially like Zion, Sequoia, Bryce, Yosemite, and Death Valley. Since we're in Southern CA, we'll have to take another trip to Joshua Tree NP. Thank you for publishing this lens. It's beautiful.

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      brycecollins lm 

      5 years ago

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      5 years ago

      Gorgeous photos of Joshua Tree National Park. What a beautiful area.

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      5 years ago

      Excellent lens, fantastic job! Thumbs up

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      Leah J. Hileman 

      5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I haven't been in many national parks, mostly state parks in PA/OH and a few in Arkansas and Florida for college/work. I haven't spent any time in the west out in desert areas. I love being in forests with hiking trails and water falls, but I would enjoy the new experience of the Mojave as well.

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      Deadicated LM 

      5 years ago

      I've only been to our urban National Park in NYC; I really love your photographs. Totally awesome!

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      Mandy Stradley 

      5 years ago

      @LiteraryMind: Yellowstone is absolutely amazing! It was worth the 15 hour drive for me!

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      Ellen Gregory 

      5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Never been to Joshua Tree park but it looks interesting. Yellowstone is nice -- wandering bison all over. Nice lens.

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      5 years ago from WNY

      Thanks for sharing! I just visited Joshua Tree NP in April and was amazed. Not only at the endlessly beautiful scenery, but also by the number of plant, animal, and bird species that live here. Stunning! :)

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      5 years ago

      Excellent. The Joshua Park is one of the stops marked on the map of my planned (one of these days) cross-USA dirtbike trip.

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      5 years ago

      I'd definitely love to visit here someday!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      This park is a favorite of my daughter and son-in-law, who were full-time RVers for about 10 years. Nice to be reminded. Thanks! ;-)


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