Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Joshua Tree National Park

Beautiful Sunset Scenery at Joshua Tree National Park
Beautiful Sunset Scenery at Joshua Tree National Park

Touristattractiondestination Joshua Tree national park is one of the largest and most popular national parks in America. This national park is located in Southern California and is part of the high desert of Southern California. This national park is located about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.
The park receives around 3 million visitors each year and is the closest National Park to Los Angeles and San Diego. The main feature of this park is the Joshua tree which grows almost exclusively in the Mojave Desert. The name actually originates from Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The unique shape of the trees reminds them of the biblical story where Joshua raised his hand to the sky in prayer.
 Joshua tree in the Mojave Desert
 Joshua tree in the Mojave Desert
There are three main entrances to the park one to the south and two to the north. The park has nine campsites with 523 campsites, two horse camps and ten picnic areas. There are 32 hiking trails and 191 miles of hiking trails throughout the park. This area is very large and it takes an hour to pass through the park even with the fastest route.
Climbing on Joshua Tree National Park
Climbing on Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is a large park full of interesting places. Therefore you need a few tips and references in order to explore the park well. Some interesting places to visit are as follows:

The Hidden Valley and Barker Dam Nature Trail

These two paths offer easy hiking trails and good views. This path is a good path and can be accessed by anyone. However, you need to be careful because maybe you will see some snakes or other desert animals.

Arch Rock

Arch rock is a popular camping area in the park. What makes this place very nice is the number of large stones in the area. This place is like a natural playground filled with arches, large rocks, and even some small tunnels and caves.

Skull Rock:

This place is interesting for a quick stop. The attraction of this place in the form of a giant stone resembling a human skull.

Key view:

This place is in the west end of the park. The views of the Coachella Valley area are incredible. From here, you can see the San Andreas Fault Line, the Salton Sea, and the peaks of San Jacinto and Mount San Gorgonio.

Lost Mine Mine Trail:

This location is not far from Keys View and offers a trail that ascends as far as 4 to 5 miles to an abandoned mine. This mine is very remote and offers some beautiful views.

Cholla Cactus Park:

This park is home to the Cholla Jumping Cactus, which is very sticky and difficult to remove. There are actually signs everywhere warning visitors to be careful with cacti.

Cottonwood Campground

Cottonwood Campground is one of the best places in Joshua Tree National Park to see stars and see wild flowers. With easy access from Interstate 10, making this place a popular stopover for travelers. Cottonwood Campground is at an altitude of 3,000 feet and has only a little shade of vegetation.
Beautiful night at Joshua Tree National Park
Beautiful night at Joshua Tree National Park

In addition to some of the interesting places above, you also need to know some important tips when visiting Joshua Tree National Park. These tips are:
  • Stay on track:
You should stay on the path that has been determined. In addition there are many cacti, there are some wild animals that you might encounter when you are out of the way like a snake.
  • Bring lots of water:
This park is very hot so you will need a lot of water.
  • Bring sunscreen and a hat. 
Very hot sun will burn your skin. So you should use sunscreen and a hat. Although there are some shady places between the rocks, there is not much vegetation to block the sun when you are hiking on the trail.
  • Wear the right footwear:
Flip-flops are not the right footwear here given the number of cacti and wildlife
  • Bring some snacks:
Once in the park, there are no shops selling food or drinks, so you should bring some snacks. And avoid carrying chocolate, because it can melt and make a mess of the contents of your bag.
  • Bring a first aid kit:
Joshua Tree National Park is large and spacious, so there aren't always forest guards around you. So bringing your own first aid kit for emergencies is a good idea.
  • Download offline maps:
aeolian landform at Joshua Tree National Park
aeolian landform at Joshua Tree National Park
In addition to Joshua Tree national Park, you can visit several interesting places around, namely The Integration in Landers, which was built in the late 70s. The construction of the facility is inspired by aliens where you can experience an acoustic sound bathing and that is probably one of the coolest things you have ever experienced. Sound bath in near Joshua Tree National Park is sound a crazy thing but you should try that experience.

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