From Marfa, we stopped in Tucson for the night, then headed to Joshua Tree, California. The moment we pulled in to the national park, we knew we would be coming back for a longer visit. I have never been to a more unique pace in my life.
Unfortunately, our visit was cut short due to problems with Maeve, but we are already planning our return back.
About Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree is a national park where two different deserts, the Colorado and the Mojave, come together. Each dessert looks very different and contains trees and vegetation specific to that desert. You find the Joshua Trees throughout the Mojave, or western part of the park. During the summer, the park is in off-season and it’s not crowded at all. Entrance is $25 for the week, or you can purchase an annual national park pass.
You will see mountains throughout the park, many with exposed granite. There are giant stacked rocks and mountains easy for bouldering. Everyone should experience the true uniqueness of this beautiful park.
Where to stay
If you are camping, stay in one of the eight campgrounds at Joshua Tree National Park. In the summer, all sites are first come, first serve.
James Kaiser has an excellent guide to where to camp in Joshua Tree. We took his advice and found a spot (spot #1) in Hidden Valley. I love that it is in the middle of everything, surrounded by giant rocks, and covered in Joshua Trees. We appreciated the amount of shade, rocks and trees near our campsite, although I am sure most of the other campsites are also fantastic.
What to do
Watch the sunset
Colton and I celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary our night in Joshua Tree with dinner and a view of the sunset. The sky turns colors and the trees and mountains become silhouettes in Joshua Tree.
Get away from city life and enjoy one of nature’s oldest shows. Maybe you will get lucky and see a shooting star or a satellite.
Climb the boulders and rocks at your campsite and beyond. There are a ton of climbing opportunities.
Hike, bike, walk and ride
Mountain bike, hike, ride a horse, or take a nature walk through the desert and up the mountains. These are great ways to explore and get in some physical activity.
Joshua Tree provides an endless array of backdrops for breathtaking photos.
Have you been to Joshua Tree National Park? Will you visit? Leave me a comment below!