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Let's Take a Trip to Joshua Tree and 29 Palms

The following is a sponsored collaboration between San Bernardino County and We Like L.A.

Joshua Tree National Park / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

As we make the leap into spring the beauty of Southern California is in full bloom, and there’s no better time than right now to take a road trip from Los Angeles to experience it for yourself. And we’ve got an idea for you:

A few weeks back we continued our collaboration with the county of San Bernardino by embarking on a week-long adventure to Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree. Along the way we gazed at the stars, scoped out art installations, learned rock climbing, hung out at an old west town, and learned the history of the native peoples and the geologic background of a desert oasis.

Below is a rundown of some of our favorite experiences from the trip, along with additional fun to-do ideas, plus a few helpful reminders to wrap it up.

If you’re thinking that a desert road trip is in the cards this spring, this will be a great place to start.

Cholla Garden in Joshua Tree National Park / Photo Credit: Brian Champlin

Getting there from L.A.

A straight shot drive from central Los Angeles to Twentynine Palms (minus any traffic hiccups) is a shade under two and a half hours. If you plan to stay in or explore the city of Joshua Tree, you’ll hit that first on your way over, as it’s about 20 minutes west of Twentynine Palms.

Staying in Twentynine Palms

You have numerous options if you’re going to stay in one of the national park gateway communities (as opposed to camping). Lodging in the city is a smart move if you want to explore the park by day and unwind at a few restaurants and bars in the evening.

One advantage of driving the extra 20 minutes to Twentynine Palms is that the west entrance to the national park located in Joshua Tree can get extremely crowded (probably because it’s a bit closer to L.A.). Lines may back up for potentially hours (yes, hours!) when there’s a flood of people entering on the weekend. The north entrance accessible via Twentynine Palms tends to have fewer entrants (though it still may crowd), so something to keep in mind.

If you do stay in Twentynine Palms, there are a couple of really nice options you may want to consider.

One is Campbell House, a historic retreat on 25-acres that features a dozen unique suites and cottages. Your stay comes with breakfast in the formal dining room.

Breakfast at Campbell House / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Another option is 29 Palms Inn, where guests can stay in an authentic 1930’s adobe bungalow, wood frame cabins or large guests houses. The 70-acre property includes the 9,000 year old Oasis Mara, plus one of the best restaurants in town (more on that later).

Exploring Joshua Tree National Park

If you’re planning the trek from Los Angeles then it goes without saying you’re going to want to visit Joshua Tree National Park, and take in all the park has to offer.

Joshua Tree / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Of course, as with any National Park visit, you’ll want to make sure yours is a responsible one. After speaking to several local tourism officials and a park guide, two specific issues that come up time and again are tree vandalism and complications from pets in the park.

In the case of the trees, it’s pretty much common sense: Don’t climb on them, write on them, attach things to them, or use the branches for firewood. For pets, the NPS has specific guidelines if you’re planning to bring your four-legged friend along.

That said, we want to stress how important it is to follow Leave No Trace principles during your visit and remind you by being a good steward of the park your ensure the natural ecosystem maintains itself and other visitors will be able to enjoy it in the future.

Of course, if you can explore the park responsibly, there’s A LOT to do!

Photo Credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Rock Climbing: Rock climbing tops bucket list items for many park visitors, and there are a number of rock climbing guide options based in Joshua Tree. What we can tell you is our experience with Cliffhanger Climbing Guides was absolutely first rate. Seth, our guide for the day, gave us clear, quality instruction and made us feel confident and relaxed in no time, despite being first-time climbers. The location he chose was secluded enough that it made us feel like we had the park all to ourself, and a picnic-style lunch was provided as part of the experience. We highly recommend for families, newbies, or even experienced climbers who want to fast-track their way to some unique climbing spots within the park. → More information

Catered snacks by Cliffhanger Climbing Guides / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Arch Rock in Joshua Tree National Park: The White Tank Campground is adjacent to some of the most unique rock formations in the park, foremost of which might be the Arch Rock. There is a very small day-use parking section (see map here) if you’re not camping in that area. That said, the Arch Rock trail has become a very popular destination, so if parking is an issue at the campground an alternative might be to park at Twin Tanks and then cross the highway and walk over to the campground from there (probably adds another 15 minutes each way). The Arch Rock loop itself is only around 0.4 miles, but there’s lots to see. Short hike, great photo ops, and lots of spots for bouldering. → More information

Arch Rock / Photo Credit: Brian Champlin

Cholla Cactus Garden: This 10-acre flat expanse is filled as far as the eye can see with teddybear cholla. Be alert when walking on the trail, and do not touch the cactus and try not to step on one or you’ll be in a world of hurt. The stem-joints of the teddybear will snap off easily and if they spike you, the barbs are exceptionally difficult to remove. Choose to see the garden during sunset or sunrise, the golden hour light sparkles off the sea of Cholla producing a magical moment. → More information

Cholla Cactus Garden / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Catch the Seasonal Wild Blooms: One of the marvels of Joshua Tree National Park is that it actually bridges two distinct desert eco-systems: The Mojave Desert on the north side and the Colorado in the eastern and southern portions. It’ll take you about an hour to drive straight through the park from north to south, but watching the landscape change before your eyes is a sight to behold And as the Joshua Trees become fewer and fewer, eventually (seasonally dependent!) you might even start to see some wildflowers. One spot in particular for that is at the Bajada All-Access Nature Trail, located on Cottonwood Springs Rd. just north of the south entrance to the park. The trail is a breezy 0.3 mile loop that pops with a rainbow of blooms during springtime. Poppies, lupine, brittle bush, daisies, desert dandelions are just a few of the fauna found there. Oh, and one important note here: Please stay on the trails and don’t trample the wildflowers! → More information

Bajada All-Access Nature Trail / Photo Credit: Brian Champlin

Keys Point: If your trip to J-Tree isn’t complete without an epic sunset or sunrise photo, this is the spot. Joshua Tree’s highest viewpoint offers a panoramic glimpse of the park. It’s about a 30-40 minute drive from the north or west entrances to the park. → More information

More hiking in Joshua Tree: The National Park Service has compiled a terrific list of their Top 10 Hikes in the park, ranging from breezy nature walks (similar to the kind we mention above) to longer, more engaging hikes of up to 6 or 7 miles. You can search for lost mines, scope out unique rock formations, or get up early to spot some wildlife at Barker Dam. Lots of options!

Things to do in Twentynine Palms

Sky’s The Limit Observatory & Nature Center:  This observatory sits on the border of Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree National Park. The nonprofit group that manages Sky’s the Limit regularly hosts free public programs where visitors can marvel at wonders of the universe. Sky’s the Limit is also home to a true-to-scale orrery (model of the solar system) where planetary markers are moved regularly to mirror their real-life movement around the sun. The scale of the orrery is 20 billion to one. → More information

Sky’s The Limit Observatory & Nature Center / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

The Glass Outhouse Art Gallery:  Located on Thunder Road off Highway 62 the art gallery holds many installations. Including a glass outhouse offering panoramic view of the desert. It is walled with one-way mirrored glass providing the viewer with complete privacy. → More information

29 Palms Inn Restaurant: Enjoy a meal and drinks at the 29 Plams Inn Restaurant over looking the crystal blue pool. It’s a seasonal menu featuring seafood, steaks, daily pasta specials inspired by their on-site organic garden. The restaurant is extremely popular and open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Reservations recommended. → More information

29 Palms Inn Restaurant / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Oasis of Murals:  Dozens of beautiful outdoor murals can be found on building walls all over the area. They vividly illustrate the history of Twentynine Palms some highlight public figures and others showcase the flora and fauna of the desert. → More information

The Rib Co.: Grilling since 1997, this family owned establishment serves large plates of baby backs, St. Louis and beef ribs. Often you’ll see the chef grilling right out front. → More information

29 Palms Creative Center & Art Gallery: Stop in for art workshops on the fly. Great for children and creative adults, guests can enjoy pottery painting, canvas painting and more. No reservations are required. –> More information

29 Palms Creative Center & Art Gallery / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

The Fine Line: Have a few cocktails at a railroad themed bar. After a day of exploring 29 Palms it’s a good idea to unwind at this hip dive spot. → More information

Art Cruise 29!: Happening on the first Saturday of each month, many local galleries and art studios will open their doors for a day of demonstrations, art classes, show openings, artists meet and greets and more. → More information

Mojave Moon Cafe: A mishmash of cuisines from Italian, South American, Southern to American each with a twist by chef and owner Hamilton Lewis. → More information

Things to do in Joshua Tree

Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Art : Walk through 7.5 acres of large-scale sculptures made from burnt wood, used materials, old objects and even toilet bowls. The outdoor museum is open from sunrise to sundown and is free to attend with a suggested donation box at the entrance. → More information

Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Desert Museum. Photo credit: Brian Champlin / We Like L.A.

Joshua Tree Art Walk: Held on the second Saturday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m. Local galleries will host their openings during this time. → More information

Institute of Mental Physics: Also known as the Joshua Tree Retreat Center is a spiritual center dedicated to the “science of the future. ” Built by Frank Lloyd Wright and his son Lloyd Wright in 1946, the space features workshops decided to spiritual healing and awareness. → More information

World Famous Crochet Museum: Housed inside an old school California photo stand is the cutest little museum of crocheted objects. It’s free to enter the cozy space. It’s also on a lot where other art galleries and stores reside. → More information

World Famous Crochet Museum / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Art Queen: A funky store with spray painted clothing and quirky art located next to the World Famous Crochet Museum. → More information

Joshua Tree Coffee Company / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Joshua Tree Coffee Company: The desert’s best organic coffee roasters, Joshua Tree Coffee Company uses a Loring Smart Roaster on their Fair Trade and/or Rainforest Alliance certified sourced bean. They also have free wifi and lots of outdoor seating. → More information

Joshua Tree Saloon: Established in 1983 the saloon serves breakfast, lunch, cocktails and dinner. Located in Downtown Joshua Tree this is the perfect watering hole after a day of exploring. → More information

Natural Sisters Cafe: Reset your body with a fresh pressed juice, or smoothie at Natural Sisters. You’ll find organic, plant based and locally sourced food here as well. → More information

Beauty Bubble Salon and Museum: Get your hair done inside the most popular and lively salon in downtown Joshua Tree. This spot is also home to the largest collection of hair memorabilia. The owner Jeff is super nice and encourages everyone to look around freely even without a hair appointment. → More information

Beauty Bubble Salon & Museum / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Crossroads Cafe: A solid diner that’s big on breakfast and good for vegans. Consider it a bit more upscale than the usual greasy spoon. → More information

More Ideas for a Desert-Inspired Adventure

Pioneertown / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Pioneertown: Built in 1946 for film and television westerns, today tourists can check out local shops operating in select buildings and Old Western reenactments on Mane Street during weekends in April through October at 2:30 p. m. If you’re planning a trip to Pioneertown, then a meal at Pappy + Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace is a must. Operating since 1982, hungry diners can enjoy mesquite bbq, massive burgers and cocktails at this popular hang out. Also recognized as a legendary place for live music, many famous faces have played there including Sir Paul McCartney. Bands play Thursday through Sunday evenings.

Pappy + Harriet’s / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

Yucca Valley: Visit Frontier Cafe where they serve local Joshua Tree beans, perfectly prepared espresso drinks and seriously delicious sandwiches like their on-special Green Dream made with artichoke cashew spread, loads of greens on wheat rye. After a quick bite, explore the shops along Twentynine Palms Highway that include hand selected vintage spots like Funky & Darn Near New and The End to trendy hipster desert ware at Hoof & the Horn.

Bob’s Crystal Cave: Head to The Sky Village Swap Meet in Yucca Valley to get a peek inside Crystal Cave a psychedelic meditative space created with spray foam and thousands of crystals, shells and porcelain each arranged by hand. → More information

Rimrock Ranch: This stunning 36-acre ranch outside of Joshua Tree (near Pioneertown) was once a retreat for western actors like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. The ranch offers guests rustic cabins, airstream trailers, a two floor lodge and a modern suite called the Hatch House. → More information

Rimrock Ranch / Photo Credit: Christina Champlin

The Integratron: The 38-ft tall domed structure designed by George Van Tassel has reputed powers of rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel (we’ll let you judge that for itself). The signature experience here would be a hour-long sound bath inside the dome. Public reservations fill up fast, so you’ll likely need to book some weeks in advance if you want to partake. It’s about a 40-minute drive from Twentynine Palms, or 20 minutes from Joshua Tree. → More information

Hi-Desert Nature Museum: Located in the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex, the collection is focused on the cultural heritage and natural splendor of the area. → More information

Helpful Reminders

  • Local visitors centers are a great way to get informed and find experiences you can have in the area, or pick up trail maps (remember you won’t have cell service in the park!). Depending on where you’re staying, we’d recommend stopping in to the Twentynine Palms Visitors Center, Joshua Tree National Park Visitors Center, or The Oasis Visitors Center.
  • Common sense: Bring lots of water with you, wear sunscreen and a hat if need be.
  • Remember there are usage fees to enter the park, a full list can be found here. A 7-day pass for a single vehicle, cost us $30.
  • Some campgrounds are first-come, first-serve, others are reservation only. Visit the NPS campground page for all the info you’ll need if you’re planning a camping excursion to J-Tree.

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How To Spend a Weekend in TwentyNine Palms, Joshua Tree

While Palm Springs has a 60's, desert glamour and Rancho Mirage has sprawling golf resorts, Twentynine Palms, just past Joshua Tree, is the Coachella Valley's next emerging spot - with new boutiques and gorgeous accommodations popping up every month. Our Weekend Getaway Travel Guide to the California Desert's Newest, Coolest Town. 

Most of the best places to stay in the desert are Airbnbs, in an area with an extreme independent streak, you can find everything from Yurts and eco-tents to gorgeously decorated luxury homes. While most of the Insta-famous homes are located in the main town Joshua Tree, new spots are opening up weekly into TwentyNine Palms and Wonder Valley - it's the perfect time to get in at lower prices and newer accommodations. 

We stayed at the beautiful Private Hot Springs Ocotillo House out in Wonder Valley, a newly developing area we had previously never been to before. Our spot had 3 bedrooms, a full kitchen, a massive stone hot tub and lots of open space. 

A few more spots to check out:

Casa Indian Cove - Desert Tropical Home - A bright and happy home available for 4 people

The Joshua Tree House of Whitmore - A SUPER cool, modern compound with concrete interiors in a wide open field.  

The Roadhouse Ranch - The definition of Desert Vibes, this house would make a great spot for photos!

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On a budget? 

TwentyNine Palms and Joshua Tree are an interesting place, where the hotels/motels in town are actually significantly cheaper than AirBnbs, especially if you are traveling as just a couple. 

Americas Best Value Inn Twentynine Palms - This hotel is WILD! Seriously look through the photos to check out the themed suites - there's a jungle set, a cave interior, and one that has the bed inside a 1950's car. Plus every room has in-room hot tubs. Brandon and I have a deep love for America's Best Value Inns after staying in one at Newark Airport way back in 2014. From $60/night

Motel 6 Twentynine Palms - A simple, but well-rated Motel with a pool and a hot tub for $50/night. If you're looking for more adventure and care less about the aesthetics of your hotel, this is a great option to save on accommodation costs.

Crossroads Cafe

Brunching at Country Kitchen

Pappy and Harriet's - While this is located a bit of a way's out in Pioneer Town, it is one of our all-time favorite spots in the area. Pappy and Harriet's is a legendary showspace and bar that gets surprisingly large acts for being way out in the desert (Paul McCartney played a surprise show here a few years ago!), and is always packed with people. It also has AMAZING food - and some of the best ribs anywhere. Seriously if you like ribs, get a rack of ribs here. They are divine.

Rocky's New York Style Pizzeria - An un-ironically old-school pizza parlour, Rocky's is fun to step in to - with a hand lettered menu, old pizzeria tables, and a little arcade on the side, and also offers really great pizza. We brought ours back to our house to share with a bottle of wine.  

Natural Sisters Cafe - A Joshua Tree classic with lots of vegan and healthy options for breakfast and lunch.

Joshua Tree Coffee Company - Our AirBnB stocked coffee beans from here and they were GOOD, so we stopped by as we drove through town. Great coffee with a nice outdoor patio to hang out or work on a laptop on. 

Joshua Tree Saloon - About 10 years ago, on my first trip down to Joshua Tree, we stopped in to the Saloon here for burgers after hiking around the park all day, and ended up getting up and singing because it was karaoke night. Great food and always an entertaining spot to try. 

Exploring in Joshua Tree National Park

Glass Outhouse Gallery

Joshua Tree Park - Luckily, you don't need to drive all the way around to Joshua Tree to enter Joshua Tree Park - there is a lesser-known entrance right from TwentyNine Palms that takes you into some of the coolest areas of the park quickly. If you need information or a park map, stop by the Oasis Visitor's Center. I always find just wandering around and taking photos in Joshua Tree to be a full day's activity all on it's own - we hardly ever look for actual hiking trails, and just pull the car over and climb around wherever feels interesting. It's never led us astray. The area near 29 palms has some incredible rock formations, and also a few proper hiking trails - check out the FortyNine Palms Oasis Trail for some cool desert greenery, and the area surrounding The Arch for amazing rocks to climb.

Other Things to Do:

Glass Outhouse Gallery - A field full of wild and eccentric art installations, surround an actual interior gallery. There is also a real glass outhouse with a working toilet. You can see out - but no one can see in. 

Sky's The Limit Observatory and Nature Center - An observatory with giant telescopes where you can join in free "star parties" on most Saturday nights and look deeply into the night sky yourself.

Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree are known for bohemian boutiques and vintage shops - here are the best ones to add to your weekend to do list. Note: If you are visiting on a weekday, there is a strong chance that many of these places won't be open on some days, the area plays by its own rules. 

Ricochet Vintage

Jen's Pirate Booty Joshua Tree Boutique

Habitat - A cute, bohemian homewears and gifts boutqiue right on the main stretch in Twentynine Palms.

Jen's Pirate Booty - The Joshua Tree outpost of this hip LA Boho brand also stocks Spell and the Gypsy, Lack of Color Hats, and local designer jewelry.

Totally Blown - A "a conceptual clothing company that distresses clothing using the shotgun"

Ricochet Vintage - Looking to dig through the closets of the long-time, 1970's-looking residents of the desert cities? This is the place to do it.

Wonder Valley Oil Shop - A  BEAUTIFUL and super instagrammable shop in a vintage gas station, Wonder Valley makes high-end Olive Oil and Oil based cleansers and balms by a local husband and wife team. 

BKB Ceramics - Well-designed home-wears and ceramic pieces made by a local craftsman, only open on weekends.

An natural earth made hut at Wonder Valley Hot Springs

Glass Outhouse Gallery art installations. 

AirBnB Days

Lazy days and late sun at our Airbnb - I always love staying somewhere this pretty!

Joshua Tree National Park - ymblanter — LiveJournal

March 11-12, 2012

I love the desert very much. Well, about the same as afraswr . A few years ago in Morocco, I even bought own special clothes - djellaba - in which comfortable walking in the desert. Every time I get the opportunity to get into the desert, I try to do it. But in There aren't many deserts in the world that are easy to get to. And absolutely there are few large cities located near the deserts. In one of I landed on them at one o'clock on Saturday, March 11th.

Yucca brevifolia

I crossed the border surprisingly quickly - I expected that I, as always, sent to the sump to check in, but, apparently, nothing of the kind was written in the new visa, I they asked why I came, having heard the answer, they wished me luck stay and released. I spent some time searching luggage, trying to get money from an ATM (gave only two hundred dollars, five hundred refused) and ordering coffee, but half on the fourth, I was already sitting in a rented car, which, when it was insanely small.

I used the simplest function to order a motel - find the cheapest possible at a reasonable distance from city ​​of Palm Springs. The motel was found in the city of Himet and on terrain turned out to be a hole, however, with a clean number included a refrigerator and a working Internet, but I had nothing else and it is not necessary. Then I took in Wikipedia a list of monuments of the registry about 60 historic sites in Riverside County and looked at what is there nearby, and in particular what else is not photos. As a result of the search, I crossed the city that gave the world the term "Los Angelesization" meaning uncontrolled growth urban agglomeration, from which it lags far behind infrastructure - and went to the city of Perris, at about one and a half hours southeast of the airport. The first building that I needed it there, there was the Southern Hotel - one of the oldest buildings in the city, built in 1886 Swiss emigrants Bernardo and Marcelina Bernasconi (the surname, by the way, is very respected in Switzerland for a number of reasons). At 1901, they closed the hotel with their children and moved to this building. Their daughter lived until 1982, and after her death no one needed the hotel, and it was nearly burned down. Everything ended relatively well, and at the moment he functions as a museum - at such a time, however, it is all equally closed.

Southern Hotel, Perris.

About two hundred meters away is the former Perris railway station. It's quite interesting story. The railroad passed through Perris when no the city, strictly speaking, did not yet exist - in 1885. it was California Southern Railroad, which connected Barstow and San Diego via San Bernardino and Riverside. At 1890 she moved to Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, one of the largest US railroads. In 1992, it closed and was bought by another one company, but by that time there was little from the branch to San Diego what's left. The rails from the Riverside end as once in Perris, and at the Pinakate station is the railway museum is rumored to be quite good, and in the center Perris, at Perris station, the station building has been preserved (rather, as I understand it, a freight station), which is entered in the register. There has been no passenger traffic in Perris for many years, but now a project to extend the suburban network is being seriously considered Metrolink, which goes from Riverside to Los Angeles, before Perris. And the former railway platform is now in use like a bus stop. In perspective of one of the photographs the San Jacinto Mountains are visible, separating the Los Angeles Basin by west from the desert in the east.

Then I started looking for a supermarket, found a Mexican one, with excellent Mexican products, in particular, Oaxaca cheese. English was spoken in it (the next day in Indio I already had to explain myself in Spanish - half a pound would be la media libra), but they looked at me rather strangely. Then I drove to Himet, where he safely spent the night. And in the morning Sunday, first of all, I went to the town next to Himet San Jacinto, where my third object from the registry is located - mansion estudillo. Despite the clearly Spanish name (derived, apparently, from the mountains of San Jacinto), the city was founded in 1870 already in American California. Mansion built a certain Francisco Estudillo in 1884, and in 1890 he was chosen mayor of the city, after which, I suspect, some of him no longer called. After a series of resales, the mansion turned into an urban museum, which, in fact, was closed, and along with it was the surrounding park is also closed, so I had to shoot from afar. The city was completely empty, so I still don't know how safe it was to move on it - however, in America, problems usually occur in the suburbs of big cities, and not at a distance of seventy miles from them.

6th Street, San Jacinto.

House in the park.

Mansion Estudillo.

And then I went to the place where I was going from the very beginning - Joshua Tree National Park. Actually, the tree Joshua is Yucca brevifolia , biologically agave, a tree of a completely bizarre shape that grows throughout Mojave Desert - a desert that occupies most of southeastern California. And the western entrance to the park is just located in the Mojave Desert, and this yucca grows there in huge quantities. In fact, there is practically nothing else is growing. This was taken near the western gate of the park.

Yucca brevifolia.

My first long stop was in the Hidden Valley — Hidden Valley. This is a valley that previously did not have access to the main valley of the park, and all sorts of fugitives kept there stolen cattle until as early as the 1930s, a few years before creation of a national monument (later became a national park) someone did not blow up the entrance to the valley, so to hit it no longer needs to climb over the rock. Down the valley there is a circular trail a little over a mile long. On first photos dry tree - pine ( Pinyon pine , some of the many species), on the right - the second type of yucca, which is abundant in the park, Yucca schidigera . She does not have such wonderful forms as the Joshua tree, but well disguises itself as a palm tree when small and far away. me a couple of times came across. Hidden Valley

In the penultimate photo - again a pine, in the last - juniper with berries. Coniferous trees survive only high in the mountains, below - only yucca, and even below - cacti, which in turn we will reach.

Panorama of the ridge, it can be seen that the yucca grows up to horizon.

Then I drove to the Keys View panoramic point, from where the view of south to Palm Springs and the valleys of southeastern California. Visibility is not the best - through the pass from Los Angeles came smog. In the background, the San Jacinto Mountains, with other side than in the morning - from the side desert.

Keys View.


Even further I walked along a very short path, Arch Rock trail. There are smaller sculptural forms.



Weathered shapes, called sculpted in English rock.

And further down begins the descent and a complete change of scenery. The fact is that the park is located at the junction of two deserts - the higher Mojave and the lower Colorado. Grow at the junction cacti - cholla, in Russian for some reason, cylindric. By cacti also have a short path, at the beginning of which is strictly written: "If you are not a cactus wren, do not touch the cacti - then it will take a long time to take out the needles."

Cholla Cactus Garden.

It was already well past noon when I reached the information center, located at the east gate of the park. I still had time and I went to the ranger to consult where it is better to go take a walk. My option is Lost Palm Oasis, a canyon with palm trees, she rejected it, saying that before dark I would not have time, but all the most interesting things are just at the far end, and There is no point in going back half way. Instead, she offered to go to Mastodon Peak (one and a half miles), where I, thinking, and went. The trail starts there from Cottonwood Spring, where in winter after the snow melts there is water, so they grow there huge palm trees. When I was there, there was no water.

Cottonwood Spring.


Weathered shape in the form of a stone woman.

Actually, Mastodon Peak.

Desert to the north of it. There are no trails there. It's already natural desert of Colorado - almost none vegetation.

Mastodon Mine. The remnants of the gold rush (although mostly of course, gold was mined further north).

Yucca again.

A flower in a dry river bed.

At six in the evening (I thought it was at five, because I didn’t know that at America, it was on this weekend that they changed time) I returned to car. I had to cross Los Angeles again and in full darkness to get to Santa Barbara - but this is completely another story that has nothing to do with the desert, and about it at some other time.

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Joshua Tree National Park - frwiki.


For articles of the same name, see . Joshua Tree (disambiguation).

Joshua Tree National Park (English: Joshua Tree National Park ) is a national park in southeastern California. The park owes its name to the Joshua trees ( Yucca brevifolia ) native to the Mojave Desert. Originally declared a national monument in 1936, Joshua Tree was made a national park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Defense. The park covers an area of ​​3199 km 2, which is slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island and includes 1739 km 2 of wildlife. The park is located in the counties of Riverside and San Bernardino and houses two desert ecosystems set apart in the Colorado Desert, with elevation below, and the Mojave Desert at high elevation. The latter is the habitat of Joshua tree, Joshua tree , a species that is found only in the southwestern United States.


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The earliest known inhabitants of the land in the area that later became Joshua Tree National Park were the Pinto people who lived and hunted here between 8000 and 4000 BC. Their stone tools and spearheads, discovered in the Pinto basin in 1930s, suggest that they hunted game and collected seasonal plants, but little is known about them. The inhabitants were later included the Serrano people (in) the Cahuillas and the Chemehuevi (in). All three occasionally lived in small villages near or near water, especially Mara Oasis in what non-locals later called Twentynine Palms. They were hunter-gatherers who lived primarily on plant foods, supplemented by small game, amphibians, and reptiles, while using other plants to make medicine, bows and arrows, baskets, and other everyday items. A fourth group, the Mojave, exploited local resources by traveling along trails between the Colorado River and the Pacific coast. In the 21st century, a small number of four peoples live in the area near the park. The Twentynine Palms Band of missionary Indians, descendants of the Chemehuevi, maintain a reserve in Twentynine Palms.

In 1772, a group of Spaniards led by Pedro Fages saw Joshua Tree for the first time in Europe while chasing local Christian converts who had fled their mission to San Diego. In 1823, when Mexico became independent from Spain, a Mexican expedition from Los Angeles, then known as Upper California, is reported to have explored as far east as the Eagle Mountains in what later became the park. Three years later, Jedediah Smith led a group of American fur trappers and explorers on the nearby Mojave Trail (c), and others soon followed. Two decades later, the United States defeated Mexico in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and occupied roughly half of Mexico's original territory, including California and Future Park.


The higher, cooler Mojave Desert is the special home of Yucca brevifolia , the Joshua tree that gives the park its name. It occurs in a variety of forms, from dense forests to distant specimens. In addition to the Joshua Forests, the western part of the park includes some of the most interesting geological displays found in the California deserts. The dominant geological features of this landscape are mounds of bare rock, usually broken into loose boulders. These hills are popular with rock climbers. The plain between these hills is sparsely planted with Joshua trees. Together with the pile of stones and the Skull Rock (inside), the trees are a landscape of another world. Temperatures are more pleasant in spring and autumn, with an average high/low of 29and 10 °C respectively. Winter brings cold days, around 16°C and freezing nights. Sometimes it snows at high altitudes. The summers are hot, over 38°C during the day and don't cool below 24°C until the early hours of the morning.


B President Franklin D. Roosevelt used the power of Antiquities Act of 1906 to create the Joshua Tree National Monument, approximately 3,338 km². In 1950, the size of the park was reduced to approximately 1,173.6 km 2, to open the land for further mining. The monument has been renamed into a national park. , Desert Protection Act , which also added 947 km 2 . In 2019, the park expanded 18.3 km 2 at in accordance with the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management and Recreation Act.


Bushes, ocotillas and cacti grow in the park. It is in the part of the park located in the Mojave Desert that the Joshua tree blooms. It maintains the extreme temperatures that are constantly present here and can live for almost 200 years. The barrel is made up of many fibers, not rings. Then it is difficult to estimate the age of the tree. The only palm native to California is the California palm ( Washingtonia filifera ), grows naturally in the park's five oases, rare places where water flows naturally all year round, favoring all forms of fauna.


Animals that thrive in the Joshua Tree often have special adaptations to cope with limited water and high summer temperatures. During the day, small mammals and all reptiles hide underground. Desert mammals use their body's water reserves more efficiently than the human body. Reptiles are physiologically adapted to life with little water, and birds can fly to water sources when they need to drink. However, springs and outlets in the park are essential for the survival of many animals. In winter, most reptiles and many small rodents and insects hibernate inactively. However, winter is the time of the greatest concentration of birds in the park due to the presence of many migratory species.

250 species of birds pass through or inhabit the park, including the famous great geocuckoo ( road runner ), cactus troglodyte and Gumbel's quail .

Birds, lizards and ground squirrels are the most commonly seen as they are mostly active during the day. However, at night, desert animals come out to roam. Mostly nocturnal animals include snakes, bighorn sheep, kangaroo rats, coyotes, bobcats, and black-tailed hares. The desert tortoise is an endangered species of reptile native to the plains of the créosotiers bush in the Mojave Desert. The tortoise is well adapted to dry conditions and rarely drinks water, as most of the water comes from the plants they consume. The California Tree Frog is located in the rocky and permanent water springs created by the Pinto Fault along the north edge of the park. The red-spotted toad is a true inhabitant of the desert, where it spends most of its life underground. Found throughout the park, appears after heavy rains. Golden eagles hunt regularly in the park. Tarantula Aphonopelma iodine and giant desert scorpion Hadrurus arizonensis are arthropods that can grow to over 10 cm in length. Yucca moth Tegeticula paradoxa is responsible for the pollination of the Joshua trees that give the park its name.


The park was also a favored retreat for the Los Angeles hippie scene around 1970. The California music scene (The Byrds, the Crosby band, Stills & Nash, Tom Waits, Neil Young or even The Eagles) has dedicated it as the epicenter of Californian culture since the mid 1970s to 1975. The tree gave the name to the fifth album by the Irish band U2.


Notes and links

  • (19204) Joshuatree, an asteroid named after the park.
  1. ↑ National Park Service, " National Park Service : Listing of Areas as of 09/30/2010 " on Natural Resource Stewardship & Science (accessed December 26, 2010)
  2. (in) National Parks Index 2009-2011 , Washington , 128 p. (read online) , pp. 27
  3. ↑ National park page on
  4. ↑ Description Yucca brevifolia
  5. (in) Mailing Address: 74485 National Park Drive Twentynine Palms and CA 92277-3597 Phone: 367-5500 Contact Us, " Pinto Culture - Joshua Tree National Park (US National Park Service) " at www. (Accessed April 16, 2020)
  6. ↑ [1]
  7. a and b [2]

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