Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park
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Few places in the world combine high and low desert flora, fauna and geology like this breathtaking expanse of preserved wilderness.

As you drive through the arid landscape of Southeastern California, Joshua Tree National Park announces itself as unmistakably as the limbed and spiky plant that gives it its name. The park features Joshua trees throughout the higher Mojave Desert and shrubbier creosote plants where it spans the lower Colorado Desert. The entire park’s rocky, hilly landscape makes it ideal for backpacking, climbing and wildlife spotting.

The best way to explore the rough terrain of Joshua Tree is hiking. Spend a day on the 7.2-mile (11.6-kilometer) Lost Palms Oasis Trail, where bighorn sheep roam. Marvel at the results of millions of years of mineral erosion in Old Woman Rock or Ryan Mountain. Explore Lost Horse Mine, one of the best-preserved gold and silver extraction sites in America. Even if you are a late riser, wake up before dawn at least once to see a Joshua Tree sunrise from a high peak.

Bring your rock-climbing gear and scale the face of an immense boulder. Track lizards, mule deer or 239 species of bird. Mountain bike or horseback ride on trails where wildflowers bloom in spring. On your recovery day, the Geology Motor Tour packs a number of Joshua Tree’s glorious views into a 2-hour drive. When the day is over, gaze up to see a perfectly starry sky.

When you first arrive, stop by the Joshua Tree Visitor Center to acquire park passes and get familiar with the park’s Leave No Trace policy. Permits are available for campgrounds inside the park. Hotels, motels and short-stay rental houses surround the park’s entrances. Camping supplies and groceries can be purchased at stores outside the park and nearby cafés and diners serve meals.

From Los Angeles Joshua Tree National Park is a 140-mile (225.3-kilometer) drive east. From San Diego it is a 175-mile (281.6-kilometer) drive northeast. It’s worth the long drive and you may find yourself not wanting to leave this world-renowned desert oasis.

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Quality Inn & Suites Indio I-10
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2.5 out of 5
84096 Indio Springs Dr, Indio, CA, 92201
The price is $101 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
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WorldMark Indio
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3 out of 5
42-151 WorldMark Way, Indio, CA, 92203
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Indio, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Indio, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
84054 Indio Springs Drive, Indio, CA, 92203
The price is $142 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
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Motel 6 Indio, CA - Palm Springs
Motel 6 Indio, CA - Palm Springs
2 out of 5
82195 Indio Boulevard, Indio, CA, 92201
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3 out of 5
42-151 WorldMark Way, Indio, CA, 92203
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2.5 out of 5
84054 Indio Springs Drive, Indio, CA, 92203
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2.5 out of 5
84096 Indio Springs Dr, Indio, CA, 92201
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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
3.5 out of 5
84245 Indio Springs Pkwy, Coachella, CA, 92203
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Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Indio Coachella Valley
Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Indio Coachella Valley
2.5 out of 5
42655 Marmara St, Indio, CA, 92203
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Hampton Inn & Suites Indio
Hampton Inn & Suites Indio
2.5 out of 5
42261 Spectrum Street, Indio, CA, 92203
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Oasis Inn & Suites Joshua Tree - 29 Palms
Oasis Inn & Suites Joshua Tree - 29 Palms
3 out of 5
71809 29 Palms Highway, Twentynine Palms, CA, 92277
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Days Inn by Wyndham Indio
Days Inn by Wyndham Indio
2 out of 5
43505 Monroe St, Indio, CA, 92201
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