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Out of the 59 National Parks in the US, Joshua Tree is the 7th one I got to visit which means I'm about 12% finished visiting all the National Parks. Not too shabby for being 24 and rarely traveling!
Joshua Tree was about an hour drive from Palm Springs. It costs $25 to enter the park and your parking pass is valid for three days. It's a huge park (1,235 square miles) and there's lots of spots to camp and different places to see/hike like the Cholla Cactus Garden or Skull Rock. We spent about three hours driving and exploring, making a few stops here and there to hike and take pictures. The weather was really nice in December; the temperature was cool but the skies were clear and the sun was warm. I haven't been to Joshua Tree in the summer but I heard it could be pretty unberable We ended our day at Hidden Valley - we took some pictures of the Joshua trees, found a rock to sit on, and watched the sunset.
Some handy things to know:
- There's no cell reception in the park 💀
- Get a map at the visitor center. The park is huge!
- Bring water & snacks
- If you didn't pay going into the park, you're gonna pay on the way out!
- Watch out for UFO's (Jk, but we did see the SpaceX launch on our way out of Joshua Tree and I legit for a second might have believed aliens existed)
This park is so beautiful in all it's desert glory and it's not too far if you live in LA. There's also a lot of really nice Airbnb's in Joshua Tree; if you don't know where to start, you can get some ideas from my Joshua Tree Airbnb wishlist. If this is your first time booking an Airbnb, get $40 off here :)