What? : Joshua Tree National Park is a true desert wilderness just a few hours outside Los Angeles. About 2.8 million visitors come to the park each year to enjoy activities such as hiking, camping, photography, rock climbing, and simply enjoying the serene desert scenery.
The Park highlights are probably the unique Mojave Desert Joshua Trees Forests and the rock boulders formation. The park is open year-round and the busy season runs from October through May.
Where? : Joshua Tree National Park located in southern California, 140 miles east of Los Angeles. From I-10, take state route 62 to the park west entrance stations via Joshua Tree village, there is another entrance (and visitor center) at the city of Twentynine Palms.
You can also enter the park from the south directly off I-10 at Cottonwood Spring Visitor Center, which is 25 miles east of Indio.
When ? : Late fall, winter and spring is the preferred time to visit the Mojave desert, summer is hot.
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Another nearby national parks blogs:Mojave National Preserve – Visit Planning