Fantastic Joshua Tree National Park In
Southeast California
I toured Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert in southeast California on October 27, 2006. It is
about 120 miles east of Los Angeles and about 20 miles northeast of Palm Springs.

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Joshua Tree National Park

This National Park (NP) has three entrances: North, South and West. I entered this National Park from the
west entrance at the northwest corner of the NP. The west entrance is located five miles south of the junction
of Highway 62 (i.e., Twenty-nine Palms Highway) and Park Boulevard at Joshua Tree Village. There is a Visitor
Center at the junction of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard for visitors to obtain park map and information.

By entering through the west entrance, visitors are in the high desert section at about 4,000 feet elevation of
the park. There are many Joshua trees in this high desert section as shown in the following picture:
This national park includes parts of two deserts: the higher Mojave Desert and lower Colorado Desert. The
major paved road through the northwestern section of the park is Park Boulevard. It provides fantastic views
of a number of the unusual and beautiful rock formations and rock piles as shown on this web page.

Many visitors come here for rock climbing or enjoyment of these fantastic rock piles.
Many young people love rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park. Some experienced rock climbers
practice their skills on various rocks with different levels of challenges in Joshua Tree National Park.
We also toured Big Morongo Canyon Preserve, a cottonwood-willow oasis abutting Joshua Tree National
Park, for bird watching and saw this hawk above and a red-naped sapsucker in the following photo.

Map: Click here to see Google Map showing location of Big Morongo Canyon Preserve
More interesting rockpiles.
Chollas cactus in eastern lower section of Joshua Tree National Park.
Fantastic rockpiles in Joshua Tree National Park.
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Our 2-week trip from October 26 to November 10, 2006 is a large loop in southeast California, western
Arizona and southern Nevada starting at Los Angeles and ending at Los Angeles. The sequence of
Point-Of-Interest in this 2-week trip is the following:

Los Angeles --> Palm Springs
 (4 days for touring Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Wind Turbine Farm, Jenks
Lake, Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), Joshua Tree National Park and Morongo
Birding Areas) --> Anza Borrego State Park --> Imperial Valley (Painted Gorge, Imperial National Wildlife
Refuge,) --> Cibola NWR --> Havasu NWR and London Bridge --> Laughlin, NV (near Bullhead City, Arizona)
--> Scenic Highway 68, Scenic Highwayway 93, Hoover Dam  --> Las Vegas --> Valley of Fire State Park in
Nevada,  Mount Charleston, Scenic Highway 158, Hemenway Park --> Class Reunion in Las Vegas (Lake
Mead Cruise, Red Rock National Recreational Area) -->  Los Angeles
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