Entering the nearby town of Joshua Tree
During the recent holidays, we decided to forgo the New Year parties and spend some time away from the crowds. We packed our bags and set off on a road trip from our home in San Francisco down to Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California.
Joshua Tree National Park is located around 140 miles (225 kilometers) to the east of Los Angeles in the middle of the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. This large range of elevation makes for a varied landscape. The higher cooler Mojave, with its scattered Joshua trees and sporadic boulders, has a unique look and feel to it.
If you are into camping, hiking and rock climbing, this place is epic. There are hundreds of trails and climbing routes for all levels of experience.
Our first Joshua tree sighting!
We wandered around the rocks discussing what they resembled. Sorta like watching clouds.
The rocks here reminded us of the Devil’s Marbles in Australia.
Strike a pose
I decided to scale this boulder, only to get stuck at the top.
Entering the National Park. $20 will get you a 7 day pass for a carload of people (or $10 per person walking in).
The plants here were so unique looking
The light was fantastic during golden hour
The silhouette of Lisette and Joshua (tree that is)
A couple enjoying the sunset from the Key View lookout. On a clear day you can see Mexico from here (apparently).
Last rays of sunlight and boy was it getting cold.
During blue hour (minutes after the sun has set).
The patches of snow on the ground tell you it’s cold. Brrrrr.
Joshua Tree National Park is one of the best places in the US for star gazing. With very little light pollution you can see why in this shot.
Lisette was simply looking at her phone for this picture. The night sky was incredible.
Bring your torch for some cool shots
The road through the park is excellent
One of the many varieties of cactus
This was much steeper than it looks
The Cholla Cactus Garden
Don’t get too close, we watched plenty of people bleeding after being spiked with a thorn
Extremely spikey, beware!
It’s a harsh environment and not all survive
Leave no trace, take only photos
Some more Joshua trees
Desolate landscape of the Colorado Desert