Joshua Tree National Park is a special, surreal place. You feel as though you’re in Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” as you contemplate the twisted, furry, charismatic Joshua Trees that flourish in this desert valley north of Coachella, California.
The park is easy to get to off of Interstate 10 and casual travelers can drive through in a few hours to get a good sense of the bizarre essence of this desert valley. To fully take in the geographical structures, wildlife, and spirit of the park, however, there are several camping sites amongst giant boulders that provide excellent opportunities to familiarize yourself with the amazing landscape.
My trip through Joshua Tree National Park was brief, but exhilarating. We entered the park from the south entrance and drove up Pinto Basin Road past the Ocotillo Patch and the amazing Cholla Cactus Garden. We stopped by White Tank Campground, and saw a Kit Fox run up the hill near Jumbo Rocks, then went up to Keys View for the sunset. The featured photo is of a snarled juniper at the top of Keys View, overlooking the Coachella Valley.