Joshua Tree National Park

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Hudsonhites, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. Hudsonhites

    Hudsonhites Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 14, 2011

    I'm going to Joshua a Tree in March and would like some feedback from people who have photographed there on locations in the park. I like to combine hiking with my photography so I don't mind if I have to trek a bit to get to places within the park.


  2. Listener

    Listener Mu-43 Regular

    My interest is mostly Wildflowers, so I'll concentrate on that.

    The south end of the park at the I-10 entrance (Cottonwood Springs Rd.) is much lower than the north end. Flowers bloom and stop blooming considerably earlier.

    Driving the road from I-10 north gives you a number of different views. There is a parking lot on the right not too far from the entrance with a nature walk. Lots of opportunity for taking flower pictures.

    As you drive, watch for washes where water flows after rains. These washes will have different vegetation.

    Watch for flowers as you drive along. Your chances of seeing things worth stopping for are much better at 40 mph or slower than at 55 mph. I seen vivid Apricot Mallow along

    A but farther in, turn right (east) on the Cottonwood Oasis Rd. Drive to the campground or the end of the road and walk on on a trail to Cottonwood Spring.

    As you drive north on Cottonwood Springs Rd., look for the Cholla (cactus) garden on the left. Sunlight more or less behind them makes them glow.

    There are rock outcroppings along the road that may be of interest for you.

    Other places to visit in the area:

    Anza Borrego Desert State Park - to the south and west. The wildflower season there starts earlier than at Joshua Tree.

    Salton Sea - south of Joshua Tree.

    Amboy Crater & Mohave National Preserve - higher and later than Joshua Tree.

    Antelope Valley and the California Poppy Reserve - You exit Joshua Tree at 29 Palms. Take Hwy 62 west and then Hwy 247 north. This takes you to the east end of the Antelope Valley.
    There are a number of places in the valley that have great flowers in a good year.

    Some resources:
    reports on wildflowers in many areas in southern and central California
    reports appear every Friday from the beginning of March through May.
  3. Hudsonhites

    Hudsonhites Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 14, 2011
    Thanks for the great information, links and taking the time to post a reply.