Joshua Tree National Park
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 86%Adventure Travelers
- 76%Family Travelers
- 66%Spiritual Seekers
- 63%Budget Travelers
- 60%Green Travelers
- 54%Local Culture
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- Joshua Tree National ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Feb 07, 2014
**SCENIC DESERT NATIONAL PARK**
Ideal LA getaway.
Perfect daytime weather (70 degrees) in January.
* WEST - located five miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard at Joshua Tree Village.
* NORTH - is in Twentynine Palms, three miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Utah Trail (this is where we entered).
* SOUTH - at Cottonwood Spring, which lies 25 miles east of Indio, can be approached from the east or west, via Interstate 10.
THINGS TO KNOW
The nature trails at Bajada, Cap Rock, and the Oasis of Mara are wheelchair accessible. Site 122 at Jumbo Rocks Campground is wheelchair accessible.
There are bees here. Be careful, especially if you are allergic to them.
Bicycling is permitted on public roads, both paved and dirt, but not on trails. There are no bicycle paths and many roads are narrow, so ride cautiously.
Temperature changes are common. Wear layers.
If you are going to be hiking or biking, you will want to take along two gallons per person. Drink the water and do not ration.
BRING YOUR OWN FOOD
Unfortunately there are no taco stands, food trucks or cheese shops within the park.
DON'T FEED THE ANIMALS
Feeding them causes overpopulation, and turns them into aggressive creatures. Maybe you shouldn't feed certain people either.
LEAVE NO TRACE
Pick up trash around campgrounds and trails.
Park roads, even the paved roads, are narrow, winding, and have soft, sandy shoulders. There are many pullouts and parking lots, so wait until you get to one before stopping.
While pets are allowed in the park, they must be on a leash at all times and cannot be more than 100 feet from a road, picnic area, or campground; they are prohibited from trails. And you can't leave them in the car unattended.
There are several hiking trails, but we were limited on time, so we did one trail for the day:
RYAN MOUNTAIN = 3 miles/4.8 km
Excellent views of Lost Horse, Queen, and Pleasant valleys
Summit = 5,461 feet (1,664m).
Camping, star gazing, rock climbing, bird watching, tours, etc. There are so many other activities to do. Unfortunately, we were only able to drive through the park and hiked. Will return.
Plan your day. Visit their website for further information.
Go to your nearest VISITOR CENTER and request a map and advice on hiking trails and where to stop.
RECOMMEND the RYAN MOUNTAIN (took us 1.5 hour to finish).
- Joshua Tree National ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Jan 20, 2014
An amazing park. Really unique looking desert with the Joshua Trees strewn through out it. Crumbling hills, with boulders rolled out out, and stacked around the landscape. Great for rock climbing, although expect some shredded fingers from the rock faces, as they are rough.
- Joshua Tree National ParkMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Dec 09, 2013
Joshua Tree is a National Park located near Twenty nine Palm. Have almost 800,000 acres of land. About one to 1/2 hour way from Palm Spring. The park is famous for having a lot of Joshua Tree, miles and miles of those unique trees also giant rock and some very interesting formation.
+ Loads of Joshua tree from small to huge look likes a bit creepy too.
+ Skull Rock, and other very interesting Rocks formation one would look like T-Rex, Elephant and even a butt.
+ Great area for hiking especially those giant Rock.
+ Great for camping.
+ West side of the park is good for Stargazing.
+ Can see San Andreas Fault up close in the Keys West, you can also see Mexico from there.
+ Sky is clean mostly can take great photo, with nice sky you do not need to edit the photo is so clean sky.
+ This park has no Mountain Lion or Wolf sighting, so pretty safe.
+ Ocotillo patch is amazing.
- Summer is extreme hot and winter can be too cold.
- Cell coverage doesn't work in the majority part of the park only the near entrance has signal.
- Most of the park ranger is station in the two entrance, not much support form the of the park.
- Not enough signs, I got loss few time outside the trail.
* Bring first aids kits here just if if you like accident step or touch a cactus, they are extreme sharp here.
* Bring a GPS and Maps, no signal in majority of the park.
* Make sure bring a camera, a tripod with time-lapse to capture some nice stargazing as well.
* Bring enough water and food, they am not food and very limited water in the park.
* Taking care you own mess do not leave it the park.
* Best time to come is during flower bloom, call the park advance , usually only certain section gets bloom.
- Joshua Tree National ParkNov 27, 2013
Just about a 90-minute drive each way from Palm Springs, this park is one of the best places to go hiking in the California deserts. Straddling the transition zone between the upper Mojave and the lower Sonoran deserts, Joshua Tree has an unbeatable variety of desert flora and fauna. My favorite trails lead to hidden California fan-palm oases, but you can also hike to old Western mines, natural springs and of course, Joshua tree forests.
- Joshua Tree National ParkNov 18, 2013
Just went camping in late October 2013. The park is beautiful and peaceful. Everytime I go here when I take my morning walk or hike everyone you meet is just so nice and friendly. I love it here. Cost is low for entry and for nightly site. They have firepit's and a grill on all the campsites along with pinic tables. Gets VERY cold at night, the night I was there it dropped to 35! BRRR bring warm layers.
- Joshua Tree National ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Oct 16, 2013
Joshua Tree National Park is so accessible, but in no way is it spoiled. You can simply drive through it and enjoy the views, occasionally stopping to read the interpretive signs and take in the wonder of it. There are even a couple of trails that are wheelchair accessible. I'm not a great hiker, so I would choose a spot where I could hike, take photos, and look at birds, and my husband could take a fast more strenuous hike. Another plus is the bounty of places to stay nearby. In addition to the usual motels, you can find vacation homes large and small within a short drive of the Twentynine Palms entrance. I loved the sun, the birds, plants, and spectacular views. And I loved that it was all so easy. Just be sure to bring food and water with you in the car, and have a full tank of gas as you go in. The drive from north to south is longer than you might think.
- Joshua Tree National ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Sep 24, 2013
One of the most breathtaking spots in the world. Huge rock formations, epic sunsets and the magical Joshua Trees that look like something direct out of Dr. Seuss. Its too hot in summer, but the rest of the year this is an amazing spot to get out and enjoy nature. Especially good if you are into rock climbing, but even if not there are huge rock formations you can scramble up that feel like climbing on an oversized jungle gym.
- Joshua Tree National ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersWellness+ 3Aug 14, 2013
Rocks, rocks, and more rocks! Oh, and those amazing cactus for which the park is named. This place is very special. Magical even. In fact, you'll find many "new agey" types out in this desert who believe just that. Me? I come for the fantastic hiking, the gorgeous rock formations, the beautiful desert scenery and the epic sunsets (or even better, sunrise...if you can muster the early morning hour), not to mention the wonderful people who congregate in the communities just outside. I find myself returning again and again, drawn by the unique combination of stunning wilderness, excellent outdoor opportunities for the active, and plenty to experience among the arts, music, and local culture, whether your running mainstream or perhaps drawn to the world's oddities (as am I!).