Where Two Deserts Meet

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Come explore for yourself.

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Features

close-up of spiky head of desert horned lizard

Watchable Wildlife

Wherever you go in the park - spring, summer, or fall - you are likely to see lizards. In spring, they are especially abundant.

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an unusually large and full Joshua tree

What Exactly Is a Joshua 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: the Joshua tree.

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historic photo of Johnny Lang, a bald man with a moustache wearing overalls

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.

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rappelling climber silhouetted against sky

World Class Climbing

With an estimated 8,000 established routes and 2,000 bouldering problems, Joshua Tree is a premier destination for climbers from around the world.

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close-up of desert tortoise with head retracted into shell

Discover the Desert Tortoise

Spending 95% of its time underground, this unhurried creature comes out of its burrow in spring to eat and mate. Let us know if you see one.

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a bighorn ram stands on a rock outcrop

Bighorn Sheep

About 250 desert bighorn live in Joshua Tree National Park. Lucky visitors may spot these agile animals climbing steep rock formations.

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