Joshua Tree National ParkCalifornia 

Joshua Tree National Park

Stunning desert lands with Joshua trees and geologic wonders.

Joshua Tree National Park, located in southeastern California on the border of San Bernadino County and Riverside County, became a national park in 1994 after being originally designated a national monument in 1936. Two deserts and a mountain range run through the park, which is home to its namesake, the Joshua tree.

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Joshua trees

The Joshua tree is a succulent – the spiny leaf catches moisture in the air which is stored in the plant’s limbs and trunk. Joshua trees are one of the many victims of climate change and have been considered for various state and national endangered species lists.

Keys View

Keys view is the highest viewpoint in Joshua Tree National Park, providing views of the Coachella Valley, San Andreas fault and surrounding mountains from the crest of the Little San Bernardino Mountains.

Barker Dam

Barker Dam is a water storage facility created in 1900 and expanded in 1949. It is between Queen Valley and the Wonderland of Rocks, accessed by a short trail from the nearby parking lot. It is a popular area for wildlife viewing, birding, bouldering, and viewing Native American petroglyphs. The Barker Dam Loop trail is 1.5 miles round trip.

Cholla Cactus Garden

The nature trail at Cholla Cactus Garden is a short .25 mile loop approximately 12 miles south of the north entrance to the park. It contains a stand of nearly 10 acres of teddybear cholla, one of the few stands of it located in the park. This species of cholla cactus is native to Northwestern Mxico, California, Arizona and Nevada.

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Campgrounds:

Black Rock Campground
89 Sites

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Indian Cove Campground
104 Sites

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Black Rock Equestrian Campground
20 Sites

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Group Campgrounds:

Sheep Pass Group Campground
6 Sites

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Cottonwood Group Campground
3 Sites

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