Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park encompasses two deserts: Coloradan the South & Mojave in the north part of the park. Lots of Joshua Trees growing in the Mojave Desert. very scenic!


Cottonwood Campground: Site #26B, this site has water nearby, dump station available, 62 total sites, 3024 ft elevation. Dec 15th -18th.

Overall Experience: smile

We were only at Joshua Tree for three nights. Most of the time, it was either cold, windy, raining, or all three at once. We camped at Cottonwood Springs in the south part of the park but quickly learned the Joshua trees are in the northern part. So we did a day trip to that part of the park to see them along with a couple of short walks and checked out a couple of the campgrounds up there. We ate our sandwiches in the car at Keys view (5185 ft elevation) because it was just too cold outside. Keys View offered great views of the desert below, along with the cities of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, & Indio. After the rain had stopped on the second morning, we hiked from the campground and did the short Mastodon Peak loop, along with the longer out and back to Lost Palms Oasis. Lots of interesting rock formations, some of which reminded us of City of Rocks in New Mexico.

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