Joshua Tree National Park is situated in California, approximately two and a half hours east of Los Angeles. Joshua Tree National Park is named after the Joshua trees native to the park. The park is so enormous in size it extends to two distinct ecosystems, the division is essentially outlined by elevation. The two ecosystems divide the park nearly down the middle.
The western half is occupied by the Mojave Desert, which is known as the high desert and is home to the Joshua trees. Colorado Desert can be found in the eastern half of the park. The eastern portion is lower in altitude, spreads well into Arizona and is part of the larger Sonoran Desert ecosystem. It is generally barren in comparison to the plant life of the Mojave ecosystem, except for the months of March and April when visitors can witness blossoming vibrant wild flowers.
The top 5 best rated things to do in Joshua Tree National Park are:
1. Keys Ranch Tour
2. Rock Climbing
3. Mountain Biking
4. Ranger Led Programs