Following a weekend at Coachella Festival, my brother and I decided to stop off at Joshua Tree National Park on the drive back to L.A. At the time of visiting, this was the first National Park I had been to in America, having heard and read much about the 59 public park areas that the United States nationally protects across the country.
Covering an area of nearly 800,000 acres, Joshua Tree spans parts of both the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert, whilst the Little San Bernardino Mountains also run through the park. We stuck mainly to the Mojave side and spent almost three hours driving through and sporadically stopping off to get a closer look at some of the amazing geological features that the park had to offer .Though most famous for its wealth of Yucca brevifolia (or the joshua tree, from which the park takes it’s name), it was the multitude of boulders and rock formations that really caught our attention. Due to the size of the park, it was common to not see another visitor for miles worth of driving, which in combination with the alien landscape, gave the impression that you were on the set of a sci-fi film. Though the extremely high temperatures made the post-festival exploration a bit of a struggle at times (I’ve never been more grateful for air-con), the unique experience definitely made the trip worthwhile.