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Oxford, United Kingdom
August 24, 2012
April 26, 2011
Rowland Heights, California
August 16, 2010
by traveling engineer
January 30, 2010
From journal Palm Desert Culture and Adventure
Jacksonville, North Carolina
January 25, 2009
From journal State of California
ventnor, New Jersey
February 20, 2007
We spend the day at Joshua Tree National Park and started off at the West Entrance. We stopped at many of the areas that had short hikes available. The first hike we took was at Barker Dam, which was very peaceful, except for the birds that were scattering before us, we didn't hear any other sounds. The trees/cactus and rocks along the way were very cool. When we got down to the dam, it was still early in the morning and the lake was frozen over. I could have spent the day just sitting around in this area.
We then headed to keys view for a view of the surround area. We also stopped at areas such as skull rock and arch rock. When we got to the intersection, we headed up to Oasis Visitors Center and stopped in town for lunch, then back into the park. Our hike around arch rock was very cool. There were lots off big boulders all over the area, that looked as if nothing was holding them in place. We did some rock scrambling in this area, trying to find our way and would get to areas where we where surrounded, and had to head back, but it was very neat.
On our way out of the park at Cottonwood Visitors Center, we stopped at the Cholla Cactus Garden. This was a very cool with all the cactus. It was also latter in the day, which I think made the cacti look even better. We really enjoyed this park, as there were a lot of areas to stop at an explore that were relatively short hikes and not strenuous at all.
From journal Palm Springs in January
December 5, 2005
Joshua Tree National Park is located around 30 miles from Palm Springs. The visitor center of the park is in Twentynine Palms. The entrance fee for the park is $10 per car for a week or $5 for a week if you walk in. You can also buy a Joshua Tree Pass for $25, valid for 12 months. For us and many visitors, the best option is to buy a National Park Pass. The pass costs $50 and gives you and your family or vehicle entrance in any national park where you need to pay an entrance fee.
Because of lack of time, we only spent a few hours in the park, but as U2 fans, we wanted to see the famous Joshua trees. You can only find the Joshua trees in this area, and they can be as high as 9m and 1,000 years old. We entered the park from the west entrance station and followed Park Boulevard to the north entrance station. When you enter the park, you pay your entrance fee to the park ranger (or show your National Park Pass). Then he gives you a nice color map and a park guide with some very useful information about the park and wildlife in the park. In this park you need to drive your own car. There are no shuttle buses like in other larger parks. We stopped a few times along the road to take some pictures and enjoy the views of the park. Because it was so hot, we only made a few very short walks. The most remarkable moment of our visit is when a wild coyote came to our car. When we stopped the car, the coyote came as close as 1 meter. We never saw a wild animal so close.
The park is worth a detour. The nature is great, and the coyote made it unforgettable. If you want to take longer walks through the park, you need plenty of water (always bring plenty of water), because it can be very hot!
From journal A trip through Western USA
St. Albans, Vermont
February 19, 2005
From journal February in Palm Springs
May 25, 2004
From journal UFOs in the California Desert?
New York, New York
November 25, 2003
Hiking difficulty is moderate, with lots of sandy areas mixed with some boulders to hop around on. Definitely a national treasure not to be missed.
From journal Desert Getaway