Joshua Tree National Park


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.

Welcome to Joshua Tree National Park (North Gate) California
Welcome to Joshua Tree National Park (North Gate)
Typical scenery in Joshua Tree National Park
Typical scenery in Joshua Tree National Park

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.

Joshua Tree National Park California
Mountains and Joshua Trees
Yucca Brevifolia Joshua Tree National Park
Yucca Brevifolia
Yucca Brevifolia Joshua Tree NP California
High desert beauty
Yucca Brevifolia Joshua Tree NP California
A hot but fascinating place to explore
Yucca Brevifolia Joshua Tree NP California
The shapes of the Joshua Tree are so varied
jumbo rocks joshua tree national park
This Joshua Tree is unique with that one arm sticking out to the side
jumbo rocks joshua tree national park
Joshua Trees and jumbo rocks
Dramatic rock formations just from the desert floor all over Joshua Tree National Park
Dramatic rock formations just from the desert floor all over Joshua Tree National Park
Dramatic rock formations just from the desert floor all over Joshua Tree National Park
Love the trees!

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.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Makes me feel like a beer, but seriously it reminded me of when I lived up in the Great Sandy Desert of WA and the Kimberley, except for the cacti,

    1. Deano says:

      Cool. Why on earth were you living out there?

      1. I was the King and the law in an iron ore own in the Pilbara about 80 mles north of Marble Bar, 38° C we had temps up in the high 40’s and the occassional 50s.

        I was the manager and ran the boozer at Shay Gap, did a few post sometime back you might like to read some and there are a couple of pics somewhere on those posts

        http://lordbeariofbow.com/?s=Shay+Gap

      2. Deano says:

        Ah yes the glorious 50’s temps. Experienced some of those even in Victoria during some brutal summers. I spent some time in India where it was around 48 every day too.

        Your time up there sounds like quite an adventure. I will check out your posts.

      3. Had alad of fun up there Deano, sadly that town is no more it got iron ored out.

      4. Deano says:

        I wonder what remains of it?

      5. Nothing but an odd sign post I believe; it was an amazing town. The last Shah of Persia actually visited the township and had plans to build identical towns in the desert areas of Persia, but we all know what happened to him

      6. Deano says:

        Yes the downfall of the Shah is an interesting episode in history. Amazing what happens when you treat your citizens with such lavish disregard!

      7. Yes but I believe in this instance he really wanted to take some decent living conditions back to those living in hardship in the desert. And when you think of what happened after his overthrow, not much has changed really

      8. Deano says:

        I imagine they were “his” people out there

  2. The vegetation looks really interesting. It must be so hot during summer over there !

    1. Deano says:

      Well in Spring it was 38C/100F the day I was hiking about…Summer must be blistering!

      1. 38°C sounds already a bit too much for me 😉

      2. Deano says:

        It actually wasn’t too bad (then again I am used to it). Just have to make sure you have plenty of water!

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