Joshua Tree

(nr Twentynine Palms CA)
Joshua Tree National Park covers an area of 792,510 acres where the Colorado and Mojave deserts meet. Within the park are mountains, rock formations, canyons, oases, springs, old mining sites, and a former ranch. Much of the park is designated as wilderness. Wildlife like desert tortoise, iguana, chuckwalla, fox, jackrabbits, kangaroo rats, numerous birds, bighorn sheep, and other critters can be found.

Joshua Tree NP

Joshua Tree National Park

There are trails for horses, hiking, biking, and jeeping, with paved roads for getting to the major sites, as well as some designated rock climbing. Several campgrounds around the park provide for tents, small or medium RVs. Just outside the park can be found BLM boondocking spots.

Joshua Tree NP

Palms at Cottonwood Spring Oasis

Joshua Tree NP

Another view of Cottonwood Spring

Cottonwood Spring oasis was used by natives, and later by prospectors, miners, and teamsters. It was lush with trees and plants, with a trail leading off into the hills toward a mining area.

Joshua Tree NP

Cholla Cactus Garden

Joshua Tree NP

Closer shot of Teddy Bear Cholla

Cholla Cactus Garden had a variety of cacti, but mostly Teddy Bear Cholla. A short path wound amongst them. A little ways down the road was a large Ocotillo Patch which was just starting to green up. It would be spectacular when in bloom.

Joshua Tree NP

Joshua Trees in front of Rock Formation

Joshua Tree NP

More Joshua Trees

In the western portion of the park, and at over 3,000ft elevation, the namesake Joshua tree abounds. Whether posed against mountains, massed in a forest, or amongst majestic rock formations they made their presence felt.

Camp: Cottonwood Springs Rd boondock
Scene: Trees, cacti, rock formations

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6 Responses to Joshua Tree

  1. Bradford Harris February 19, 2017 at 5:48 pm #

    Pleinguy, thanks for sharing these beautiful photographs. I love the cacti in the foreground and the majestic mountain in the back. What amazing scenery! I hope your current journey is going smoothly. I am envious of the stunning landscape. — VT

    • Pleinguy February 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

      You’re welcome Brad. It was indeed a marvelous place. You should visit sometime.

  2. OFM February 19, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

    Great pics Pleinguy. I am having fun following you.

    • Pleinguy February 19, 2017 at 7:38 pm #

      I appreciate the good vibes. Thanks for following the journey and for commenting. Hope you make it further west.

  3. Martha February 19, 2017 at 11:11 pm #

    I hope the current wind and rains aren’t in your area. Stay safe!

    • Pleinguy February 20, 2017 at 10:41 am #

      Whenever I see that coming, I move if I can avoid them. Thanks for the concern.

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