The desert may appear inhospitable, but a wide variety of life thrives in this harsh environment. Each species has developed unique adaptations to survive in the desert.
Staff at Joshua Tree National Park conduct scientific studies to understand this unique area, including research and collaboration with Native American communities on whose homeland the park is situated. This information is used to protect the area and share knowledge with the public.
The park includes diverse landscapes where the Mojave and Colorado deserts meet, and supports ecologies from low basins to mountain ranges.
The desert differs drastically from the environment ten thousand, one hundred, and thirty years ago.
Cahuilla, Serrano, Chemehuevi, and Mojave ecological knowledge and park surveys and studies contribute to sustainable management practices.
The extreme environment, increasing visitation, and external pressures require ongoing efforts to preserve park ecosystems and resources.
Last updated: August 8, 2023