Explore Joshua Tree National Park

Explore Joshua Tree National Park

California, National Parks Select Registry – August 30, 2014

At Select Registry, we love being able to explore many of the different National Parks in the US while still being near the fantastic accommodations provided by our members. In Southern California, Joshua Tree National Park is a majestic region of desert that takes visitors into what seems like another world.


Natural Features of Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is an incredible 790,636-acre desert park in Southern California, located about an hour outside of Palm Springs. A National Park since 1994 (and a National Monument since 1936), Joshua Tree takes its name fro the indigenous tree that populates the area.  Both the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert have presences in the park. The Mojave in the western part of the park the higher and cooler of the two and features the Joshua tree forests and magnificent rock formations.


The amazing quartz monzogranite rock hills and boulders have been around for over 100 million years, so as you traverse the trails or scramble amongst the rocks, you’re in direct contact with something that’s prehistoric. Groundwater filtration and flash flooding in the area helped give the rocks their roundness.  This type of quartz is extremely rough, and because the area does not receive snow or accumulate ice, there is virtually no polishing of the surface.   Notable points of interests include North Horror Rock, Old Woman Rock, Skull Rock, and Keys View.


Activities at Joshua Tree National Park

Among the many available activities at Joshua Tree National Park, hiking is very popular, as it gives visitors the chance to explore the fantastic natural characteristics of the park.  There are several short hiking trails that are good for those who do not wish to stray too far into the desert but still want to get a good look at the impressive rock formations and observe the native flora and fauna. Popular short hikes are the Hidden Valley Trail, the Indian Cove Trail, and the Cholla Cactus Garden Trail.  For experienced hikers or those looking for a longer trek can try the Boy Scout Hiking and Equestrian Trail, the Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail, or the Lost Horse Mine Trail.


Climbers will find a number of rock formations to climb.  Joshua Tree National Park is home to thousands of named climbing routes for climbers of all experience.  The popularity of climbing is in part due to this variety routes as well as the easy access to the rocks. Another bread activity is  birding, as there are more than 250 species of birds in the park.  The notoriously dark skies of the park also make it ideal for stargazing and amateur astronomy.


Lodging Near Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect day trip for those staying in Palm Springs, which is home to two Select Registry members, both perfect for a home-away-from-home during your explorations of the southern California deserts. The park is about an hour from both member properties.


Villa Royale Inn is home to 30 unique rooms for guests to enjoy while having the essential Palm Springs experience.  The property boasts a pool and beautiful gardens as well as a glamorous history.  Join the list of elite guests and enjoy Palm Springs at Villa Royale.


Palm Springs Rendezvous is a retro boutique hotel with 10 rooms, each with its own unique theme and 1950s vintage decor.  Along with a full breakfast each morning, you can enjoy happy hour cocktail poolside as well as free bike rentals. It’s the perfect place to relax and soak up the beautiful Palm Springs atmosphere.


Photo courtesy Doug Dolde via Wikimedia Commons.