Joshua Tree National park

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Joshua Tree National Park

Basic Info: Located close to Palm Springs California, Joshua Tree National Park is comprised of the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert. There are three entrances to the National Park, from the West, North, and South. The southern entrance to the park will lead you in through the Colorado desert, where, quite interestingly, you won’t actually find any Joshua Trees. The activities in Joshua Tree range from camping to very accessible hiking, strenuous hikes, backpacking trips and of course legendary climbing— and let us not forget star gazing. After all, Joshua Tree is a dark sky park which means, the little-to-no light pollution allows the stars to put on a magnificent show. WHERE TO STAY Of the 16 campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park, only half of them can be reserved ahead of time. During the low-season, all campgrounds are first-come, first, serve. The campground that will work best for you will best be determined by what amenities you are looking for and what area of the park you are most wanting to explore. If you select a campground that is on another side of the park than your areas of most interest, you will end up spending a lot of time in the car traveling from one part of the park to the next. I personally have only stayed at Black Rock Campground but in the future, my eyes are definitely on White Tank Campground, Jumbo Rocks Campground, and Ryan Mountain Campground. During peak season, it is not unusual for the campgrounds to be filled up even mid-week. A great backup plan to camp is utilizing the BLM dispersed camping that is available outside of the Park’s south entrance. Just remember that this camping is completely primitive. Another lodging option, that I actually took advantage of during my most recent visit, was the really wonderful Airbnb community in Joshua Tree. DINING While Joshua Tree National Park has many picnic areas, there are absolutely no grocery stores or restaurants in the vast National Park. You will need to pack in with you what are you wanting or needing to consume during your trip. WHERE TO HIKE There are many miles of hiking available in Joshua Tree National Park. However, some key things to keep in mind are that pets are not permitted on any of the hiking trails. Also, the ten essentials are absolutely necessary for any length of hike in the park. You should absolutely plan to bring more water than you think you need. Even where it is not particularly hot, the desert is very dry and dehydration can sneak up on you. Hiking with kids or non-hikers. Some places I would recommend visiting, in this case, would be Skull Rock, Barker Dam and Keys View. If you are looking for a more challenging hike with a still very well defined trail, I would recommend either the Panorama Loop or Ryan Mountain (for an added layer of excitement this can be done to view sunrise or sunset). There are also trails in Joshua Tree that explore old mines, there’s Lost Palms Oasis as well as Warren Peak. Personally, I would suggest that if you are not particularly well versed in desert orienteering, I would highly suggest that you bring a GPS device. In any case, you should leave a detailed plan of your itinerary with someone that you trust. Getting lost in this dessert is not forgiving but easily done. If you are looking for a backpacking experience, the 8 miles one-way Boy Scout Trail and 35 miles one-way California Riding and Hiking Trail are great options depending on how long you are looking

Joshua Tree National Park

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