National Park Cliff Notes: Joshua Tree NP – California


Located 130 miles (209 km) due east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park sets itself apart from the surrounding California desert with its iconic outcroppings of granite boulders and groves of spindly bearded Joshua trees.


The park is host to a variety of activities from birding, wildflower viewing, and stargazing, to more physically demanding sports such as mountain biking, backpacking, and rock climbing.


Joshua Tree Loc

Must See:

Keys View is a lookout perched 5,200 feet (1,584 m) above Coachella Valley. On a clear day the US/Mexico border is visible 90 miles (145 km) to the south.


Off the Beaten Path:

Consider hiking through the Hall of Horrors Area near Ryan Campground, and keep an eye out for any rock climbers in action.


Next Time:

The Geology Motor Tour is an 18 mile dirt road through some of the more interesting geological formations in the park. 4-wheel drive is recommended.


For more information on my visit, check out my post.


Park Information:

National Park Service


Google Maps



Key’s View.

Barrel Cactus.

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