17 days in Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

17 days in Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

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Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Get a sense of the local culture at General George S. Patton Memorial Museum and Salvation Mountain. Get out of town with these interesting Joshua Tree National Park side-trips: Mecca (Box Canyon Road, Ladder Canyon Trail, & more), High sierra oasis/ route 66 (in Essex) and Niland (East Jesus & Davis-Schrimpf Seep Field). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, trek along 49 Palms Canyon Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock, and contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Joshua Tree National Park road trip planning website .

In May, daytime highs in Joshua Tree National Park are 87°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Tue).

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Mecca, Niland, General George S. Patton Memorial Museum, Salton Sea Shores, High sierra oasis/ route 66
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Salvation Mountain
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Keys Ranch

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