Joshua Tree National Park Scenic Drive Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A sixty-five-mile drive that crosses wide basins studded with creosote bushes and rough granite mountains in Joshua Tree National Park in south-central California. The Joshua Tree National Park scenic drive wends across sixty-five miles of spectacular desert scenery in southern California. The road slices across wide Pinto Basin flanked by rock-strewn mountains, crosses the ecological boundary between the Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, and climbs into valleys studded with bizarre Joshua trees and granite buttresses and boulders. The national park, established in 1936, preserves 558,000 pristine acres of southern California’s desert. Included here are extraordinary forests of Joshua trees, an odd yucca that is a member of the agave family. This windy, sunburnt landscape is a place of opposites—a place of parched water holes and palm-shrouded oases, a place of alluvial bajadas and stony mountains, a wild place full of sound and fury, yet a place of serenity and discovery. Special attractions: Lost Palms Oasis, Lost Horse Valley, Hidden Valley, Queen Valley, Joshua trees, Joshua Tree Wilderness Area, hiking, camping, rock climbing, and backpacking. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."