The hotel room was waiting and comfortable, dinner was a favorite...Popeye's Fried Chicken! Then another planning session...checking weather and site-seeing options - Joshua Tree National Park looked interesting. Once that was decided, a hotel was booked at the north end of the Park at Twentynine Palms and time to get some well earned sleep.
This morning (Sunday) after a filling breakfast provided by the hotel, it was a short drive from Blythe westward on I-10 to the south entrance to the Park, arriving about 8:30 am. The National Parks Service site describes the park as encompassing two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mohave and the Colorado and covers 794,000 acres. There is a considerable elevation climb from the highway, through the Cottonwood Spring campground area in the south and along the Park Boulevard which then turns northwest as it gains in altitude. The pictures shown here are courtesy of the National Park Service Flickr site, primarily taken by NPS staff, and are in the public domain.
|Cottonwood Spring (National Parks Service photo)|
|Joshua Tree and boulders (NPS)|
|Rock formations near Skull Rock (NPS)|
|Great Basin Collard Lizard (NPS)|
|Acton's Brittlebrush (NPS)|
(Photos will be updated once our traveller has returned home....)