Travel. Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeast California, about 2 hours drive from Los Angeles. Named after its famous inhabitants, the Joshua Trees. Fun fact, their name is somewhat of a misnomer! Joshua Trees are in fact plants, belonging to the Yucca Genus. Easy to get confused as they do resemble trees.
Mainly found in the Mojave Desert which is to North of this National Park. Geographically speaking, the desert is spread throughout 4 states (California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada). U2 spent time roaming around this desert in 1986 shooting photos for their classic album, The Joshua Tree.
These unique plants can grow quite large, often over 40 feet in height, and we came across some impressive specimens in the park.
Arrival to Park
Arriving late in the afternoon, around 2 hours before sunset. Initial thoughts were that the park felt empty, and truly out in the wilderness. There isn’t much to see for miles.
But when you get to specific areas, there is more to see and do. We had enough time to do some exploring. There are numerous activities you can avail of in the park, such as:
· Rock Climbing
· Bird Watching
· Astronomy/Star Gazing
We explored some ancient rock formations and did a nature walk by a cholla cactus garden. Afterwards, we stopped by a Joshua Tree to watch the sun set behind the mountains.
The park transformed with magnificent colour as the sun sank. What a truly magical time to be in the park, it felt like we were transported to another destination. The park awakened, and it sounded like all the wildlife residents were ready to come out and play. Nocturnal animals include snakes, coyotes and bobcats.
We didn’t hang around too long after sunset. Darkness was closing in quickly and wanted to get our room for the night in Twentynine Palms, which is super close to the park. There are many other places close to the park, including Palm Springs.
Joshua Tree National Park is definitely worth a visit. If you like the outdoors and wilderness, there are numerous activities to keep you entertained, from hiking to rock climbing.
As mentioned above, the most splendid time of day is just before sunset, the park really comes alive with sound and colour. The Joshua Trees also bring a unique beauty to the park.
There is also the option of exploring the surrounding areas, such as Palm Springs or even travel further north to the Mojave Desert.
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