Camping at Joshua Tree exceeded all expectations. We did not have a permit before arriving, however a group was leaving their campsite for the weekend and offered us their permit for the remaining days. We shared the campsite with two other campers who were lovely!
Joshua Tree is full of boulders to climb and trails to explore. Expect warm days and cold evenings with some of the brightest stars you'll ever see.
Joshua Tree is a marvel. It is like a different planet that you are exploring. A friend and I decided to drive to Joshua one weekend because we had always wanted to go check it out. The Joshua Trees of Yucca Brevifolia have always amazed me and are what the park is known for. When we arrived we immediately did a long hike in the sun at mid-day. Now this would have been a good idea if we had brought enough water. Hiking in the desert is NO JOKE so please go prepared!
It definitely lived up to our expectations. We did another hike called 49 palms, to this little oasis in the middle of dirt and sand. It was totally incredible to see all of these green desert palm trees emerge after hiking in the desert. Be careful though… there are rattle snakes in rock crevasses!!
I loved it here so much. There's lots of good scrambling, bouldering, or just wandering around to do. It's beautiful, a bit alien, and super spiritual.
A group of college friends and myself stayed right outside of Joshua Tree and camped for a few nights. Although it was a bit chilly, I had the best sleep of my life, and was able to sleep right under the stars on crash pads, no tents! We went climbing and hiking, and was truly a great trip!