JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Established in 1994 as a U.S. National Park, Joshua Tree National Park has long been a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and visitors. It has been on the registry of National Monuments since 1936 and has had millions of visitors since then.
Located in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, Joshua Tree National Park is part of California’s Inland Empire. It is named for the native Joshua trees that grow there, which are a species of Yucca and have an otherworldly appearance. The Park spans 1235 square miles, of which much is a designated wilderness area and has two desert ecosystems based on elevation. The higher elevations are part of the Mojave Desert ecosystem, while the lower areas are part of the Colorado Desert. Along the southwestern edge lie the Little San Bernardino Mountains.
With so much wild space, it’s natural that tourists flock to Joshua Tree National Park every year to take advantage of its breathtaking beauty and sunny weather. There are nine designated campgrounds within the Park, including both RV sites and primitive backpacking areas in the backcountry. Hikers can enjoy several trails through the desert and higher elevations.
The Park is especially popular with rock climbers, who have many features to choose from, including:
- Old Woman Rock
- Giant Marbles
- North Horror Rock at Hall of Horrors
Although these climbing features tend to be less than 300 feet in height, there are thousands of named climbing routes to choose from.
Birdwatchers and stargazers come to the park to experience the abundant wildlife, light pollution-free night skies, and warm year-round temperatures. For astronomy, the dry air and high elevations provide clear viewing of distant stars and planets.
WILDLIFE IN THE PARK
Joshua Tree is home to several unique animal and plant species, including the eponymous Joshua Tree yuccas. Some of the wildlife visitors may encounter include:
- California Tree Frogs
- Red-Spotted Toads
- Gambel’s Quail
- Giant Desert Scorpions
- Golden Eagles
Despite the popularity of the park with tourists, it is quite possible to have a quiet, relaxing vacation here. With great weather and many outdoor activities, it’s easy for families to stay occupied with fun adventures.
JOSHUA TREE CAMPGROUNDS & PARKS
Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground
2601 Sunfair Road
Joshua Tree, CA 92252
Black Rock Canyon Campground
9800 Black Rock Canyon Road
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
Cottonwood Spring Oasis
74485 National Park Dr.
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
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