Joshua Tree National Park is the ultimate get away to allow you to reflect, reconnect, and simply relax when you’ve been caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily city life. When you begin to make your way there you quickly begin to feel like you’re in another world.
The Joshua Trees which are said to have inspired Dr.Seuss’ book “The Lorax” are absolutely incredible in their own uniquely mysterious way, which you can find all through out the park. So if all you have is a day to visit, read on as I’ll share with you tips on what to pack and what stops you must make to make your visit unforgettable!
Water (1 gallon+ per person)
Snacks (Protein bars, trail mix, fruits)
Food: That won’t easily perish being in a cooler, since there is no dining options inside of the park.
Entering from the West entrance, one of the first destinations you’ll encounter is
Hidden Valley. You can hike the rocks there which aren’t hard to do so, and enjoy the beautiful view and/or take some epic pictures.
Skull Rock’s name says it all. A huge rock that literally looks like a skull. So take your black clothing and strike a pose!
Cholla Cactus Garden
Cholla Cactus Garden was my absolute favorite stop! These cactuses bloom during spring which I’m already planning on revisiting during that time, yet they still leave you satisfied when they aren’t. The cactuses are a yellow tint during February so their contrast with the brown stems and orange rocks contrast beautifully with the clear blue sky. I just had to Vogue!
Keys View is the highest point in the park. So it’s the perfect place to end your trip to view a sunset! Tip: You also get cell phone reception here. So share away 🙂
(Can you tell pink and purple sunsets make me happy?)
I had an absolute blast visiting Joshua Tree! I’d heard from many people nothing but good things about it so I set my mind to visit it and it did not disappoint. The scenery looked like an acrylic painting, it was every nice thing people said it would be and more. Some extra tips I leave you with is to pay attention to the caution advice of rangers which are placed for a reason. Upon entering the park I stopped to use the restroom and on the wall was a notice to not leave food or drinks out in the open, neither outside or inside the car with the windows rolled down because there was “hungry bees” around. There is also notices of wild life out depending on what time of the year you go, so it is important to tread with caution. Lastly, look up the weather before departing your home and make sure that you have appropriate clothing. During my visit it was a bit chilly and windy so I made sure to bring a cute sweater and an oversized fringe jacket.
So if you only have a day to visit Joshua Tree do not worry since 5-6 hours in the park are enough to leave you feeling refreshed, yet still planning for the next time to come back!