Where the Mojave Desert meets the Colorado Desert in southeast California we find Joshua Tree National Park. The parks ubiquitous Joshua Trees, mountains, rocky outcrops and open arid space certainly provides for some spectacular high desert scenery.
The Joshua Trees are said to have been given that name by Mormon pioneers because they look like Joshua’s outstretched arms leading them to the promised land. Botanically speaking they are known as Yucca Brevifolia.
In the 1800’s cattlemen, then gold miners came to the region. In the 1930’s they were followed by homesteaders. Evidence of their past can still be found within the park including old buildings, gold mines and car bodies from the 1930’s. More on those places soon.