Joshua Tree National Park is one of Southern California's two great desert national parks. Late fall through spring is the best time to visit the park to explore out of the car. 

Joshua Tree National Park is famous for its massive rock formations and fields of Joshua trees, which look like they're from a Dr. Seuss book. 

The park also contains a number of California fan palm oases, and a variety of other flora. You may also spot wildlife and birds in Joshua Tree NP.

Hiking and rock scrambling or rock climbing are two popular activities in Joshua Tree National Park. Trails range from easy and short to challenging.

Hidden Valley Trail and Barker Dam Trail are two of the most scenic family-friendly trails in Joshua Tree. Each is about a mile long. Trailheads are right off the main road in the park.

Visitors will find numerous rock formations in Joshua Tree for scrambling or technical climbing. 

Stroll the short boardwalk trail through the Cholla Cactus Garden to see the plants up close. The garden is a popular sunrise spot.

Joshua Tree is also known for its historical  mining and ranching sites. Hike to an old gold mine or tour Keys Ranch. 

Head to Keys View at sunset. The views from the top are expansive on a clear day. You can see all the way to the Salton Sea when it's clear!

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