Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree

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Joshua Tree National Park is an American national park in southeastern California, east of Los Angeles and San Bernardino, near Palm Springs. It is named for the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the Mojave Desert. Originally declared a national monument in 1936, Joshua Tree was redesignated as a national park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act. Encompassing a total of 790,636 acres (1,235.4 sq mi; 3,199.6 km2) – slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island – the park includes 429,690 acres (671.4 sq mi; 1,738.9 km2) of designated wilderness. Straddling San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, the park includes parts of two deserts, each an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation: the higher Mojave Desert and the lower Colorado Desert. The Little San Bernardino Mountains traverse the southwest edge of the park.
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  • Arrived at the park before sunrise. Watched the sunrise at Cholla Cactus Garden. This was an absolutely beautiful place to watch the sunrise and the first light made the cacti glow. Try to stop at....  more »
  • A wonderful and very easy day trip from Palm Springs. Once inside the park, you are literally in the middle of nowhere, so BE SURE to have a full tank of gas and bring water as there are not any...  more »
  • A must see if in Southern California. Beautiful rock formations and mountains. You can choose to drive around the park or you can pull over and hike trails. The staff is helpful and friendly. One of my favorite places. I highly recommend this National Park.
  • It's like a different planet, definitely worth the visit. We were lucky enough to see 2 desert tortoises on or trip, one early in the morning and one just before sunset. There's also some good climbing/bouldering if you like that, we found the west end to have better rock.

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