With the recent celebration of the National Park Service’s 100 Year Anniversary, Joshua Tree National Park celebrated a birthday of its own just two weeks prior. This stunning expanse of natural desert beauty has been preserved for the people for 80 years, and there are plenty of reasons for you to check it out on your next visit to Santiago.
From the park’s iconic and distinctive namesake trees to the breathtaking granite rock formations, from the desert wildlife to the flourishing cacti and desert plants, there’s much more to see than you might expect. Everyone from curbside photo-taker to enthusiastic back-country hiker should take time to visit this special place near Palm Springs.
This protected area encompasses over 1,200 square miles of the stunning Mojave Desert. Over 1.3 million visitors enter the park each year to experience Joshua Tree’s scenic vistas, that are easily accessible via paved roads that traverse the length of the park.
Definitely visit one of the Park’s Visitor Centers in order to plan your time at the park most wisely. Whether you’re all about hiking, camping, photography, rock climbing or simply enjoying the serene desert scenery, the helpful Park Rangers will give you the park map and let you know the best spots to visit for your interests, and you can find out if there are special programs or tours available.
You can also find more information and helpful resources on the park’s web site: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm. The Plan Your Visit page is especially helpful.
Below you’ll find some of frequent Santiago Resort Guest, Toby J. Morris’ images of Joshua Tree. Toby is a fine art nature and landscape photographer out of Las Vegas, and he’s photographed 29 of the 59 National Parks, as well as numerous National Monuments. You can find his Joshua Tree images available for purchase on www.tobyjmorris.com.