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Journeys Through America is a nonprofit organization providing educational material for all school-aged children across the country. The program will form partnerships with local school districts to provide children with a new, interactive, educational experience integrating the history of America and its National Parks. Journeys Through America's goal is to foster a fun and adventurous learning environment that will promote altruistic growth within our children and our greater community.

Joshua Tree National Park

By Sep 13th 2010 No Comments »

Joshua Tree undoubtedly beholds the most interesting landscape we’ve seen thus far in a National Park.  Imagine, if you will, massive piles of boulders, weather-worn and eroded to create fantastic land structures. Arches, holes, and hollows complemented by Joshua Trees strewn all over the land.  It’s dry and hot, as it should be.  Two deserts intersect at Joshua Tree National Park – the lower Colorado Desert and the higher Mojave Desert.  As far as deserts go, you would think the park would look like the same land acre after acre, however, each desert boasts a personality of its own.  The Colorado desert is much drier and is home to an abundance of creosote bush while the Mojave desert receives enough water to hydrate those Joshua Trees found all over this region of the park.

Upon entering the park I made quick assumptions based on the terrain and the barren topography that stretched out in front of us.  I imagined little wildlife coexisting in the desert, except for of course, those creepy crawly scorpions, tarantulas and your occasional rattlesnake.   As we explored the park, I learned that this was actually not the case.  While hiking down to the Barker Dam, which is the best place to view park wildlife since it’s the only watering hole in the area, we were hardly disappointed when we were greeted by three big horn sheep stopping for a quick drink.  I’ve seen Big Horn in passing at Rocky Mountain National Park, but watching them from the dam in their natural habitat was truly an astonishing thing to witness.

Joshua Tree National Park sees its highest visitors during Spring months when temperatures are moderate and the wildflowers are in full bloom.  Around 150,000 visitors explore Joshua Tree from March until May, with that number dropping drastically to around 60,000-70,000 during the summer months.  While we were exploring the park in late August, we had very few people to share the park with which made our experience even more enjoyable.  While hiking, we were able to enjoy our surroundings in solitude.  The peace and quiet you experience in the park offers an escape from your hectic daily life and this fact has been known throughout the history of the park’s existence.  Frommer’s guide has stated that “the Joshua Tree area has long attracted outcasts, misfits, and eccentrics looking for a place where they can let it all hang out.”

If you’re interested in a place where you can do just that, Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect place to be.

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