Recently I went back to California (because when have I not been in California this year) but this was a different kind of trip for me. It wasn’t a beach or city trip, instead we went to Joshua Tree National Park! For those of you who have never heard of it, this place got its name for the famous Joshua Trees that adorn the park for miles and miles. They are really unique looking trees and honestly, I have never seen anything like them before.
When you drive through the south end of the park it starts out with a forest of Cholla Cacti. I have never seen so many at once, it was absolutely breathtaking while also being somewhat overwhelming. It then transitioned into these balancing rock structures. It reminded me of a lot of places back home in Colorado close to Garden of the Gods. Then after the rock structures comes the Joshua Trees. In a way the park has segregated areas instead of these different aspects of nature combining. This is so unique to the park though and I have never been somewhere so separated yet so versatile if that makes sense.
The camping situation was tricky. We went on such a busy weekend, it was actually the weekend of national park day and earth day, so I feel like everyone wanted to spend those two special days outside. This meant all of the campsites within the park were booked solid, so we stayed on a campsite outside the park in the actual town of Joshua Tree. I do recommend camping in the park and booking extremely in advance, so you do not encounter this problem, but that being said our campsite outside of the park was awesome. It was not to pricy, we had room for our car and tent. They had shower and bathroom facilities on sight and the whole place was a very well-groomed property. So, if you can’t manage to stay in the park, go to town and you will find some different campsites like this one all over the place.
We woke up the next day after sleeping under the stars to go hike Boyscout Trail. We wanted to do the Willow Hole hike which branches off from Boyscout. Roundtrip this hike is about seven miles. Unfortunately, there was no water at Willow Hole, I am assuming it was just probably the wrong time of year, but it was still a really beautiful hike. We continued to hike around and explore a little extra after reaching the end of the trail though, so we probably hiked around eight to nine miles in total. One thing I noticed was how sandy the trail was too. This always makes the hike a little bit harder and my shoe were filled with pebbles and sand by the end, but it was a new change from my normal dirt and rock hikes. There was even this giant open space of sand surrounded by giant boulders, it looked like somewhere where ceremonies would be held in ancient cultures. For the park being so crowded it is so big that we did not see hardly any crowds. That was really refreshing to have all of that space to ourselves while exploring.
This park is definitely one of my new favorite national parks and I want to go back and camp in the park!
-Good Vibes and Adventure