If there is something I truly love about America, it’s National Parks.
The beauty of Nature is stunning and every once in a while, me and my boyfriend make sure to visit them.
Even though we’ve been living in LA for the past 8 years, and we’ve been numerous times to the Palm Desert area, we never visited Joshua Tree NP before, until few days ago…and we absolutely loved it!
The Park has three main entrance, two on the Norther border – Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree – but, since we were based in Indian Wells, we choose to take the South entrance, right off of I-10. This way we took a loop around the park, and went back to our location from Palm Springs.
The day was extremely hot (don’t forget the water!!) but it didn’t stops us to have a blast! I have to be honest, I didn’t think I would like this place as much as I did! We couldn’t believe the beauty of different scenarios. Keep in mind Joshua Tree National Park covers 790,636 acres, in which two distinct desert ecosystems converge. In other words: 790,000 acres of pure wilderness!
We drove through the lower Colorado Desert – here the landscape is pretty much flat, with small grass on the ground and it’s been fun to spot animals in their habitat.
Just when the Colorado Desert starts to gain elevation, we noticed a change on the vegetation until we arrived to one of the most dangerous areas of the Park: the Cholla Cactus Garden. This kind of cactus is also known with the nickname of Teddybear Cholla, but let me warn you out: don’t even think to pet this furry plant! Its densely yellow spines detach from the plant just to get stack into your clothes, or even worst, into your skin and the spines are very painful to remove.
After a stroll around the Garden, we continued to drive. At this point say goodbye to the Colorado Desert and be ready to adventure into the higher part of the Park, the Mojave Desert.
Here, you can’t help but fall in love with the captivating and mysterious rock formations.
Massive rock piles, shaped and arranged in a way that looks almost like intentional art. But we all know: Nature is the greatest of all artists.
One of the most fun picture points is without any doubt the Skull Rock.
At this point we started to wind through the Park with our car, just to see as much as we can of its beauty – including the iconic Joshua Trees themselves of course – until it was time to take our road back “home” – where we ended, an already perfect day, cooling down at the pool.