Joshua Tree National Park Scenic Drive

Joshua Tree, California 92252

Joshua Tree National Park Scenic Drive

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"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."

Joshua Tree National Park Scenic Drive Trip Reports

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4/26/2010
The park looks like Pile 'O Rocks Park from Interstate 10, but spring in the sandy washes is a spectacular show of wildflowers, some blossoms smaller than a dime carpeting the wash at times. There is great serenity, seismic geology, stark beauty, decent stargazing away from the main roads, unique plants and critters and two kinds of desert, high and low. No dunes to speak of, but ocotillo and cholla abounding, desert tortoises and even some pine forest up high. A Zen place -- you get it, or you don't. My only gripe: not one shower in the entire park, bad news for a bike tourist.
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4/18/2009
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3/20/2007
The least impressive Natioanal park in the Southwest. Barely worth a one day side trip on the way from Las Vegas to San
Diego. The Mohave National Preserve is far more interesting.
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Joshua Tree
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