Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Less than an hour drive from Palm Springs, Joshua Tree is completely otherworldly and a must-see. Photos just don’t do the place justice. Named after the peculiar looking spiky trees that cover the landscape, the park is open year-round. It’s an absolutely massive place made up of the Mojave and Colorado deserts, covering a total of 794,000 acres.

Due to the heat, we made our way to Joshua Tree during the morning hours. The drive took us through rambling small desert towns full of trailers, shops and stands dotted alongside the dusty landscape.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Because the park is so large, if you’re unfamiliar with the place, I’d recommend pulling into the visitor center first. Next, as you make your way to the park, you’ll come upon an entrance where you’re charged $15.00 per car and the receipt is good for re-entrance for up to another week.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

From there, it takes a few miles to work your way deep inside the park. It’s easy to forget you’re in California — the place feels like another planet altogether with Joshua Trees stretching on as far as the eye can see. And, it’s quiet. So, so quiet. You might hear the occasional lizard scurry past your feet but that’s about it.

Besides animal footprints left behind in the soft, sandy ground, it’s easy to imagine the place staying nearly the same over the last 5,000 years, when the first inhabitants laid claim to the land.

Nubby Twiglet | Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

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While we only stayed for an hour, if you have a little more time, there are plenty more things to do in the park, including camping.

Ready to plan your own trip? Visit the Joshua Tree site for everything you’ll need to prepare.


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6 Responses to Out & About #8: Joshua Tree National Park

  1. Jamie says:

    Beautiful photos! We’re in the midst of planning a west coast road trip from Vegas to LA this fall, and I’ve been obsessing over the Joshua Tree. We’ll be trekking around there for certain, cheers for the useful tip of hitting the visitor centre first! :)

  2. Tana says:

    I live in part of the Mojave desert and I love it and I LOVE to see other people enjoying the dancing joshua trees. Usually they only dance at night but I’m sure they made an exception for you guys.

    • Shauna says:

      What an amazing place to call home! You are so lucky! I wish we’d had a little more time to explore the area, it’s so beautiful and unlike anything I’ve ever seen.

  3. Misaki Shimizu says:

    Omg, I am so jealous right now!
    Not only is the landscape stunning and beautiful, you also have sun and hot temperatures (unlike here, in Dublin *freezing*)

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