Joshua Tree NP

16 Years Later

The Joshua Tree and Me – The Sawtooth Complex Fire and Much More

It was the early Summer of 2006 and we were headed back from a wedding in Mexico. As we approached San Diego we could see smoke in the distance and wondered where the fire was located. As we got closer and closer to our town, “Yucca Valley” we still had no idea the fire was […]

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Large desert boulders illuminated by the setting sun.

Day Trip #5: Touring the Big Boulders at Joshua Tree National Park.

Be sure to check for Alerts & Conditions on the Joshua Tree National Park website before you visit the Park. One of my favorite things about visiting national and state parks is the transformation that occurs in the landscape around me as I enter into a park. The distinctive flora and unique geological features create

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Day Trip #3: Old Dale Rd 4WD Jeep Trail

Old Dale Rd. 4WD Road Location: Joshua Tree National Park Requirements: 4WD Required, also excellent Mountain Bike Trail Time by Car: 2 to 3 hours Distance: 23 Miles (one way) Not recommended for summer trips. Check with Joshua Tree National Park to confirm road is open and that there aren’t any restrictions.  Per the National Park

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Can’t Find the Desert Wildflowers? Current Wildflower Reports and Maps

A few tips on where to find the best displays of desert wildflowers. Check our wildflower reports and maps to find the best wildflower displays. One of the factors that makes desert wildflowers unique and beautiful is that they bring color to an otherwise barren desert landscape.  The isolated fields of colorful blooms are only

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Discover Art Off the Beaten Path in Joshua Tree

The austere desert landscape of the wild west has long fascinated and inspired artists. Georgia O’Keeffe painted the American desert in images of abstract red mountains, desert wildflowers and iconic portraits of drought defined by bleached bones and skulls. Frederic Remington focused his work on the old American West with intricately detailed paintings of cowboys, Native American Indians and other characters that

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Night Sky Festival October 2016 – Joshua Tree National Park

On October 28th-30th, Joshua Tree National Park is hosting a new event called the Night Sky Festival.  In the past, the Park has organized “Star Parties” to share the beautiful night sky with visitors and residents interested in learning more about astronomy.  The Park offers a dark sky unspoiled by artificial light and atmospheric pollutants. In

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Day Trip #10: Geology Road Tour @ Joshua Tree National Park

Geology Tour Road Guide An 18-Mile Motor Tour at Joshua Tree National Park Click here to see DesertUSA.com’s video tour from this trip. If you’re looking for an easy 4WD adventure check out the Geology Tour Road at Joshua Tree National Park. It’s a great way to see different types of rock formations and geological

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Where to find wildflowers in Joshua Tree National Park

 Cottonwood Visitor’s Center Joshua Tree National Park California Desert Wildflowers April 9th, 2012 If you enter the Joshua Tree National Park from the south entrance off of the I-10 heading towards the Cottonwood Visitor’s Center, there is a nice stretch of desert on the right side of the road that usually has good wildflower displays.

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Joshua Tree National Park reopened Pinto Basin Road

Joshua Tree National Park reopened Pinto Basin Road for visitor use on Tuesday, November 1. Cottonwood Visitor Center is once again open to welcome visitors. Cottonwood Campground and Cottonwood Spring Oasis will remain closed as repairs to the campground and area trails have not yet been completed. Pinto Basin Road has been closed since September

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