Joshua trees are a relative of the Yucca plant (another name for them is Yucca Palm) which is also very abundant in the desert here. The park has relatively flat desert areas with hundreds of these trees, then, for no apparent reason, the area transitions to plain desert with no trees, just other usual desert plants of yucca, creosote, sage, etc.
The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree's unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.
Joshua Tree National Park - Day Three April 17th 2010 Geo: 34.1347, -116.312For our second day hiking in Joshua Tree NP we did the Lost Horse Mine Trail, about a 6.5 mile loop around the Lost Horse Mountain, including a short spur trail to the actual abandoned mine site. Met a nice young man who has started on the same goal we have of hiking in as many national parks as we can before we become too old and decrepit to do it any more. Hopefully we ca ... read more
North America » United States » California » Joshua Tree Britain's American colonies broke with the mother country in 1776 and were recognized as the new nation of the United States of America following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. During the 19th and 20th centuries, 37 new states were added to the origina... ... read more
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