Joshua Tree as a magical desert spot

Joshua Tree

Explore the Magical Desert of Joshua Tree, California, USA

By Lucy Gomez

Explore the Ancient Desert at Joshua Tree

The Joshua Tree Park is considered as a magical and massive desert land, which is about 790,000 square acres. And speaking about the desert, here you need to know that there is absolutely no electricity, no lights, no food service and mobile receptions. Water is a scarce resource, so when coming here make sure that you bring enough to last during your visit. Luckily, there are toilets available, however, they’re not the flushing type, so you better be prepared.

Feed Your Soul with Creativity

Joshua Tree is the home of numerous artists, and many visitors are inspired by the artworks created by these amazing individuals. From the Farmers Market to the different Art Galleries scattered around the place, you’ll definitely feel the creative juices flowing.

Visiting the town proper is an amazing part of the Joshua Tree camping experience. In this area, you’ll be able to find various restaurants, boutiques and shops, as well as music events and galleries. The Downtown area is situated on the corner of Park Boulevard and Highway 62.

The citizens of Joshua Tree have been going the beyond the limits in preserving the authenticity of the place. For this reason, you won’t be able to find any fast food chains, or high rise buildings or even the famous malls and super stores. Exploring the place will give you a different sixties feel while helping the locals in promoting their own products and their local economy.

Take Advantage of the Annual Pass

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As soon as you arrive at the Park entrance, you will have the choice of getting a day pass or the annual pass. If you want to be able to fully appreciate and enjoy the Joshua Tree Park, you need to obtain the annual pass, as you will have the advantage of getting into the Park for free over the next 12 months.

It is a must that you ask for a map and be updated via their newsletters so you will be informed on the latest happenings across the park. Having the annual pass will also give you the advantage to cut in line and get in faster as a priority guest.

Enjoy your Stay at the Campsites

Staying over and camping at Joshua Tree will give you the chance to sleep and experience the amazing night view brought about by the billions of stars. Start the morning and be amazed by the breathtaking view of the California desert. You may also be in awe as you can hear the coyotes howling from a distance.

Over 300 campsites are scattered within the boundaries of the park, so you just need to choose your own spot and spend the night there. The camping fee is usually around 15 dollars. You have to know that running water and electricity are non-existent in the park, so you do need to bring everything you might need.

Explore the Intersection and Arch Rocks

When you are coming from the west entrance of the Joshua Tree, the Intersection Rock should be your first stop. This is the perfect place to check your maps and plan your destinations and activities for the day. This rock is situated about on the center of the various highlights of the park. You can also follow the available trails and explore more around the area.

On the other hand, entering through the North or South of Joshua Tree, you will have the Arch Rock as your first major pit stop. Following the trails nearby is also a great idea, but you won’t need to worry about getting lost since all the paths will eventually lead towards the camping ground.

Ask for a Guide

No matter what type of activity you intend to do, especially if you are a beginner, it is better to seek help from a guide. These guides will aid you in a more enjoyable and safer adventure in the park.

Joshua Tree offers an incredible and unique adventure for you and your family or friends. You will be able to enjoy the different and creative culture of the place; therefore, it is important to plan the trip carefully. Make the most out of every event and the views offered by this majestic place. In the end, you will surely come back for more, as the people living here really go for the extra mile in providing an enjoyable and memorable experience for every traveler.

Check out the Joshua Tree Park website here.

Related article and additional information: Dry but Delightful: Hiking in the Desert.

 

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Lucy Gomez is a camp editor at Getcampingwild.com. She has been camping her entire life and Getcampingwild.com is a place where campers can share everything we’ve learned along the (sometimes prickly) way in the wilderness.

33 thoughts on “Joshua Tree as a magical desert spot

  • May 4, 2017 at 11:07 pm
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    My husband wants to go camping this summer. This would be a fun place to try out. I love the views.

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  • May 3, 2017 at 8:17 pm
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    This place looks amazing! I would love to experience camping on those beautiful campsites as it really adds to the whole experience.

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    • May 5, 2017 at 11:38 am
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      Thank you. You should add it into your bucket lists 🙂 🙂

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  • May 3, 2017 at 12:12 am
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    I love camping, but I have never camped in a desert before. I wonder if the difference in day and night temperature would be an issue.

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    • May 5, 2017 at 11:36 am
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      Hi Leo
      The difference in day and night tempreture is an issue. You should bring enough camping gear if you want to go there

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  • May 2, 2017 at 8:11 pm
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    OMG, Looks an amazing place to visit and I should add this on my list! I would love to go there with my husband.

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    • May 3, 2017 at 11:35 am
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      Thank angela
      Joshua Tree has a lot of interesting things. Not only you can go camping but also you can go hiking

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  • May 2, 2017 at 7:56 am
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    These pictures you got are absolutely stunning! I cannot believe the beauty of this place! I would love to visit with our family!

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    • May 3, 2017 at 11:37 am
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      Thanks EH
      You should try to go to Joshua tree at least one time

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  • May 2, 2017 at 12:50 am
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    I wouldn’t mind camping out here with the family. I think it’s going to be lots of fun especially with a view that beautiful at night. It’s totally worth the trip.

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    • May 3, 2017 at 11:38 am
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      Thanks Amanda. Joshua Tree has a lot of campgrounds that your family can go

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  • May 2, 2017 at 12:48 am
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    Now that the weather is so much better it would be nice to take the family here for a camping trip! I’ve never been here before and it would so nice to see more of the place.

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  • May 1, 2017 at 4:03 pm
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    That looks like an absolutely fantastic place to camp! Added to my bucket list! 🙂

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    • May 3, 2017 at 11:40 am
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      Thanks Elizabeth
      Sure, you should go there. It is very large and beautiful

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  • May 1, 2017 at 3:53 pm
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    Wow! Joshua Tree Park looks like an amazing place to visit! It’s hard to believe that there is still a place in the USA that doesn’t have any electricity! Would be so fun to camp out – absolutely no light pollution so you can really see the stars!

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    • May 3, 2017 at 11:42 am
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      Hi Erin
      It doesn’t matter when you go there by truck or pop up camper 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • May 1, 2017 at 1:31 pm
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    Wow this is beautiful! I would have never thought to go to California for views like this! I would love to go!

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    • May 3, 2017 at 11:42 am
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      Hi Jessica
      You should go there!!!. It is very amazing 🙂 🙂

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  • May 1, 2017 at 11:15 am
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    I’ve always wanted to go camping through purchasing a pass to a park that we can enjoy as a family. This looks perfect.

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  • May 1, 2017 at 10:30 am
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    Joshua Tree sounds absolutely lovely. I haven’t been here but hopefully me and my hubby can visit this place soon.

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    • May 3, 2017 at 11:45 am
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      HI Angela
      Sure. Joshua Tree wasn’t hard to find. You should go to Joshua Tree at least 1 time !!!! 🙂 🙂

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  • May 1, 2017 at 3:25 am
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    I live not too far from Joshua Tree, but I never thought of stopping at the park. Your photos make it look really cool! I will have to check it out next time we drive through.

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  • May 1, 2017 at 3:15 am
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    Joshua Tree is an often overlooked wonder in California. There are certain seasons it is better to go than others. But there is nothing like a desert night sky. It is a must see.

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  • May 1, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Joshua Tree is a gem in the california desert. I don’t think many people like traveling out in the Twentynine Palms/Joshua Tree area.

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    • May 3, 2017 at 11:47 am
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      I don’t think so. You should go there 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • May 1, 2017 at 1:32 am
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    Looks amazing. I have not been camping as frequently in my adult years (something I would like to change!) but this definitely looks like a great place to include!

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    • May 3, 2017 at 11:49 am
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      Thanks Jenn
      You should add it to your bucket list 🙂 🙂

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  • May 1, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    I’ve never heard of this place! It looks like a beautiful scenic place! I would love to try some photography there! Looks like just the place to go and do that!

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  • April 30, 2017 at 11:44 pm
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    This place is gorgeous! I would love to go camping there, looks so peaceful and a perfect place to escape to 🙂

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