Driving into Joshua Tree National Park is like driving on another planet. Maybe it’s the ethereal Joshua Trees that stretch their gnarled, twisted branches out to greet visitors. Maybe is the desert dust, dancing and swirling along the horizon as far as the eye can see. Maybe it’s the smooth faces of the clusters of boulders found throughout the park, most speckled with climbers, all adding to the magical allure of the SoCal gem which was originally recognized as a U.S. National Monument in 1936, and promoted to a National Park in 1994. At night, while the trails are quiet and the climbers sleep soundly in their tents, the stars and moon shine their light over colorful landscape—blanketing this already otherworldly place with a mystical glow.

Photo Location: Joshua Tree National Park

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