Across America: Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Located in Southern California, just a few hours east of San Diego and Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most unique desert ecosystems in the United States.

The Mojave Desert and Colorado Desert come together here to offer a one-of-a-kind experience for hiking, camping, stargazing, rock climbing, and outdoor recreation.

The park gets its name from the bristled and twisted Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia) that populate the region. It’s also accented with prehistoric-looking boulder formations, mountain valley backdrops, and colorful flora.

Whether you’re visiting a SoCal city, Coachella Valley, or Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park is a great addition for anyone looking to enjoy the spectacular features of a desert ecosystem. Plus, we have convenient hotels in the area that make it easy to visit the park!

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Joshua Tree National Park Highlights

joshua tree hiking trail


The park offers nearly 30 hiking trails, including easy, moderate, hard, so you can enjoy the scenery at your preferred activity level. Some favorites are Arch Rock Trail, Hidden Valley, and Wall Street Mill.

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Flora & Fauna 

This desert environment houses an abundance of special plant species to admire. The Joshua Tree itself is a sight to behold, and in addition to it you see can flowering cacti, fragrant shrubs, and even fruit with the coyote melon. Plus, be on the look out for lizards, desert tortoises, coyotes, jackrabbits, and more.

joshua tree stargazing


The best way to experience the bright stars above us at night is to get away from big city lights and obstructions. Joshua Tree National Park takes you far from all of that so you can witness some of the most intense stargazing in the world.

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