If you have landed on this blog post that means you are heading to southern California. Let me tell you one thing – You are going to love it. In just few hours driving south – east of LA , you are about to witness a landscape that will blow your mind away. This landscape and wildlife that comes with it are now protected in Joshua Tree National Park and we owe our thanks to Franklin D. Roosevelt for having the foresight to see the beauty in a vast desert landscape that most considered to be harsh and inhospitable. Yes , in 1936, he created Joshua Tree National Monument in Southern California, protecting nearly 800,000 acres of Mojave and Colorado desert ecosystems. In 1994, Joshua Tree became the nation’s 54th national park. Joshua tree national park is always open, 24 hours a day, seven days a week year-round, making winter a great time to visit with lower temperatures. But before you pack your bags , venture out in desert , its always good to know about the territory you are about to explore. So here are the tips for visiting Joshua Tree National Park.
Fun Fact : Joshua Tree National Park is named for the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the park. Joshua trees themselves are supposedly so named because, upon seeing them, Mormon settlers were reminded of a biblical story of Joshua reaching his hands to the sky.
Joshua Tree National Park is an Ancient Desert :
Yes you heard it right , you are about to explore a desert – and that too over 790,000 sq acres of it. The Mojave and Colorado deserts combine in Joshua Tree National Park making it unique and home to flora and fauna. Since this is desert be warned that there is:
No Grocery/food store
No street lights
No flush-kind toilets
and even No cellphone reception