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Our Favorite Spots in the Deserts of Joshua Tree

Our Favorite Spots in the Deserts of Joshua Tree

by Arshpreet Multani | March 20, 2019

Joshua Tree is where two deserts meet, the Mojave and the Colorado. This park holds a wide array of attractions including boulders, rocky mountains, and desert plains surrounded by Joshua trees. Come explore the region for yourself!

General Information

This beautiful desert park is located in southern California, nestled along the Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert. The park is open at all times of the year, but visitors are most likely to frequent here when temperatures are moderate in the fall and the spring, and starts to decrease during the hot summers.

Recommended Campgrounds

  • Hidden Valley: One of the most popular campgrounds that is open to tents, as well as RVs. Not only is it close to hiking routes, but it is also conveniently located near some of the best climbing sites in the entire park, making it a main attraction for rock climbers. It is also close to the West Entrance Station, which lies on the west side of the park. Tourists say that this is the most beautiful park of the park.
    • Belle Campground: If your friends or family are looking to escape the crowds on this trip, this site may be perfect for you. This site has a serene and tranquil feel, and it is close to attractions such as Park Boulevard and Skull Rock.

    Activities in Joshua Tree

    • Keys View: Climb or drive up to Keys View to get a panoramic sight of Mount San Jacinto and Mount Gorgonio. You will be elevated more than 5,000 feet and have an amazing view of the Coachella Valley. Time this trip in order to capture the beautiful sunset. If you are an avid climber, be sure to check out one of the many 8,000 climbing routes.
      • Nature lovers: Check out the Cholla Cactus Garden, a quarter mile loop where there is a concentrated area of the beautiful cholla cactus. Tourists argue that this is one of the most picturesque sights within the entire park.
      • Stargazing: Seeing the stars at night is accessible throughout the park, but if you want to see the Milky Way, visit during the New Moon.

      Arrive Tips

      • Remember: This is a massive desert, so there is no food service, no water, no electricity, and cell reception is extremely limited. Plan accordingly!
      • Photography lovers: The most popular photo opps are Heart Rock at White Tank and Skull Rock.
        • Protect yourself! Wear a wide brimmed hat, and clothes with a loose fit and light colors to protect yourself from the beaming heat of the sun. 
        • Proper shoes are crucial: There are some venomous animals that inhabit the park, consisting of rattlesnakes, scorpions, and black widow spiders.

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