In the lesser-tamed parts of southeastern California lies Joshua Tree National Park, so named for the "Yucca brevifolia" plants native to the area, with their distinctive spiky leaves and angular branches. Taking up nearly 800,000 acres of land in all, over half of the park is a designated wilderness area, with the Little San Bernardino Mountains slicing along the park's southwestern boundary. A dramatic desert climate shapes and moves this highly unique landscape throughout the seasons.
The California Riding and Hiking Trail is 35 miles long and passes through forests of junipers, pinyons, creosote and, of course, Joshua trees. 400 formations and 8,000 climbing routes beckon climbing enthusiasts with slab, crack, and steep-face surfaces. Campsites are widely available, with limits of six people, three tents, and two cars per location.
One person, 16 years or older, on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or horse, is admitted for $5, for seven days. The passengers of a single, non-commercial vehicle, are admitted for $15, for seven days. Annual passes are $30, admit the pass signee and accompanying passengers in a single, non-commercial vehicle, and are valid for 12 months from purchase month.
Best time to visit
The park is open year-round, but for the facilities schedule, click click here.
Near by POI
The Santa Ana River Trail runs from Huntington Beach inland 30 miles to the Santa Ana River. A manmade lake finished in 1973, Lake Perris offers a variety of aquatic recreational sports.