Greetings from Joshua Tree National Park

Four generations - my grandmother, mother, daughter, and I - visited Joshua Tree National Park in the spring. There were yuccas, joshua trees, and wildflowers in bloom. With a 3 year old and an 81 year old, we weren’t as mobile as some of the astounding rock climbers we saw while in the park. We drove to several spots, parked, then walked a short distance to numerous scenic locations. We inspected darkling beetles, sparkly stones in the sand, scrambled up rock formations, and took a walk amongst the joshua trees. What a memorable road trip, with good company and gorgeous vistas!


Joshua Tree National Park

This iconic park preserves portions of two spectacular desert ecosystems. The Colorado Desert in the eastern portion of the park features natural gardens of creosote bush, ocotillo and cholla cactus. The higher, slightly cooler Mojave Desert offers dazzling vistas of Joshua trees and yucca. The vast park also contains spectacularly sculpted formations of a type of rock known as monzogranite and is a mecca for rock climbers around the world.

State(s): California

Established: 1994

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