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 desert five-spot, Eremalche rotundifolia, showing inside of flower with five dark spots

Spring Means We're Wild for Wildflowers!

During the spring, rangers post weekly wildflower bloom reports with suggestions on where to go and what to see. Find the wildflower report here.

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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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an unusually large and full Joshua tree

What Is a Joshua Tree, Anyway?

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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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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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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Cloud shadows on Pinto Mountain in the Joshua Tree Wilderness. NPS photo by Sara Feldt.

Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness

September 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Discover the Joshua Tree Wilderness.

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