A Desert Park
Viewed from the road, this desert park only hints at its vitality. Closer examination reveals a fascinating variety of plants and animals that make their home in this land shaped by strong winds, unpredictable torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the attraction of this place. Come see for yourself!Read More
A Campfire Tale
The Lost Horse Mine story features gun slinging cowboys, cattle rustlers, horse thieves, the lure of gold, and a sticky-fingered miner.Read More
Two hundred fifty or so desert bighorn live in Joshua Tree National Park. If you happen to see one, consider yourself really lucky!Read More
A "Dr. Seuss" Kind of Tree
When you find yourself surrounded by twisted, spiky trees straight out of a Dr. Seuss book, you will have met the park's namesake: Joshua tree.Read More
Wherever you go in the park, spring, summer, or fall, you are likely to see lizards. In spring, they are especially abundant.Read More
Spending 95% of their time underground, these unhurried creatures come out of their burrows in spring to eat and mate. Let us know if you see one.Read More
Wild For Wildflowers
With sufficient fall and winter rain, the usual browns and grays of this desert park can be carpeted with the vivid colors of spring wildflowers.Read More
Did You Know?
With nearly 750 species of vascular plants, Joshua Tree is renowned for its plant diversity. No wonder that when the area was first proposed for preservation in the early 1930s, the name suggested was Desert Plants National Park. More...