The awe-inspiring Joshua Tree National Park is brimming with natural beauty and adventure. Located approximately two and half hours east of Los Angeles, this majestic park sits on nearly 800,000 acres of preserved land where the Mojave and Colorado deserts meet. The landscape varies from amazing rock formations, to miles upon miles of Joshua tree filled terrain, to areas bursting with spring wildflowers. Although the environment might seem otherworldly at times, this magical location is very much an earthly wonder and attracts over a million visitors per year.
Adventure lovers of all ages and types can find many opportunities to be challenged and inspired at Joshua Tree. The park boasts over 8,000 climbing routes and 190 miles of hiking trails, of varying difficulty, to be explored. Those looking for less physical activities can go on a scenic drive through the park, compose Instagram worthy photos or sketch the day away. A visitor can easily lose track of the hours with so much to see and experience in the park.
While time seems to slip away in the desert, the sun is a constant companion and visitors should take precautionary measures to stay safe. Joshua tree is open year round, but the peak visiting season is during the Spring and Fall when the temperature is more moderate.
After spending the past weekend in Joshua Tree, we can happily report that the wildflower blooms are going strong at the southern end of the park near the Bajada Nature Trail. If you take a trip out soon, you might just see the amazing blooms. But, no need to fret, even without blooms Joshua Tree National Park is sure enchant.