Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms

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Joshua Tree National Park offers a playground for hikers, bikers, climbers, and birders in a desert landscape carved by winds and sudden torrents of rain. The park features distinctive trees that to Mormon pioneers resembled the open arms of the prophet Joshua leading them to the promised land. A national monument since 1936 and a national park since 1994, it spreads over 3,199 km2 (1,235 sq mi). Take one of the 12 self-guided trails and you may stumble upon remnants of the gold mining era. The park is also known for camping, amateur astronomy, and stargazing. Backcountry camping is permitted with a few regulations. Three of the nine campgrounds provide water and flush toilets. Make sure to always carry water with you, even if only driving through. Add Joshua Tree National Park and other attractions to your Twentynine Palms trip itinerary using our Twentynine Palms itinerary maker.
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  • We had visited this Park often when our children were small, as it was just a bit out of our way when we picked them up from Scout Camp at Big Bear Lake. We've taken many hikes there, and we had one e...  more »
  • A must have if you are in California. Witty and diverse special trees where you only look.
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  • Very hot but very beautiful in the bleak manner of desserts. Lots of small animals to be seen and the amazing Joshua trees. A much less formal experience than the Grand Canyon but with as many, if not...  more »

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