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The beauty of Joshua Tree National Park

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What awaits you in Joshua Tree National Park and which are the ones you will always remember.

Joshua Tree National Park is an American national park in jCalifornia California, east of San Bernardino and Los Angeles and north of Palm Springs. It is named after the Joshua trees (Iucca brevifolia) that originate in the Mojave Desert. First it was a national monument, and then it became a national park in 1994. The park includes parts of the Mojave and Colorado deserts, the Little San Bernardino Mountains cross the southwestern edge of the park.

Mojave Desert
The higher and cooler Mojave Desert is a special habitat for Yucca brevifolia, the Joshua tree for which the park is named.

Colorado Desert
The Colorado Desert is located in the lower part of the national park below 3,000 feet (910 m). This part of the desert is home to creosote bush, ocotillo, desert salt marsh, and mixed scrub including yucca and chola cactus (Cilindropuntia bigelovii).

family_6_lifestyle Emilie & Jean-Christophe Crochet

D 19 ✨ Joshua Tree Park ✨ (2h20 drive from Laughlin) Upon arrival we are quite surprised by this very different park. The park is home to two deserts, the lowland Colorado one in the east and the Mojave one in the west called the High Desert because of the attitude that can exceed 1800m. The landscapes on our road are beautiful, alternating rock formations, small vegetation including lots of cacti, lakes more or less dried up... We are going to Cholla Cactus Garden, a cactus garden between the 2 deserts, a circuit is set up between the cacti for protection. A very beautiful place with very hot weather. Then we pass on to Hidden Valley where it appears the cattle thieves were hiding their prey, several stops including pretty locations. There are many Joshua trees, hence the name Joshua Tree Park, its limbs are twisted, its trunk is veiled and its leaves are raised. They are mainly found in the particularly arid Mojave Desert, the tree captures water through its thorns before storing it in its fibrous trunk. It is able to withstand great droughts, these trees are still on the verge of extinction due to global warming and fires. Next up to Key View at 1570m high, beautiful view of the Coachella Valley and San Andreas Fault, the temperature difference between the 2 deserts is pretty impressive! We were hot at Cholla Catus Garden and Key View was cold with a hell of a wind! We loved Joshua tree park last one of our trip. 📌 Pass beautiful America accepted

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Joshua Tree National Park best locations to visit
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🔸Arch Rock — you need to hike to see this famous rock.
🔸Cholla Cactus Garden (2nd video) — the cactus plants look beautiful in the mellow light of golden hour, the best time to see in March or April.
🔸Barker Dam — a short hike to see a water reservoir and cool reflections, generally in winter and spring.
🔸Keys View — Joshua Tree’s highest viewpoint for breathtaking views over the Coachella Valley.
🔸Hidden Valley — this is a classic but nice hike in the rocks, where you will find some amazing boulders.

In my opinion, the best time is sunset. I always visit the park on sunsets, and every time it’s just unbelievable.

Videos in this post: Cholla Cactus Garden + sunset on the road. Have you ever been to Joshua Tree? Would you like to add something to this list?

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