Joshua Tree National Park

We dry camped (boondocking) at Joshua Tree N.P., it was very cold and breezy, the upper elevations even got some snow.  The park is located where the Mojave and Colorado deserts converge.

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Jumbo Rocks Campground ( G.P. @site 77)

The campgrounds were beautiful, clean and peaceful. We had a bunny that visited us several times a day ( I think it was the bunnies campsite)!

We checked out Keys View, they had a couple inches of snow the night before.  You can see the entire Coachella Valley on a clear day (they say you can see Mexico too).

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Joshua Trees after a winter snowfall!

We did a short hike to Barker Dam, it was built in the late 1800’s for ranchers and miners.

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We saw some Native American petroglyphs.   Unfortunately we read that a hollywood film crew decided to paint over them to make them easier to see.

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We did another short hike to Ryan’s Ranch, a homestead established in 1896.  You can still see the remains of the adobe ranch house, graves and other artifacts.DSCN3087

We saw some rock climbers along the way, (we were told Joshua Tree N.P. is a popular destination for rock climbers)

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The scale and beauty of these rock formations are incredible.  Check out the rock at the top of the picture, it appears to be teetering on the edge.

We did several hikes around the campground.

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Can you see G.P. @ our campsite, behind Hugh?
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Skull Rock!

Joshua Tree – Tree of Life – Dr. Seuss Tree!

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We really enjoyed Joshua Tree National Park, it was beautiful, unique and spectacular!

Can you see the face of a man in the rocks?  We could see him watching over us from our window.

Palm Desert to Joshua Tree National Park – 52 miles

 

 

 


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