What to see in Joshua Tree- 3 things not to miss
Temperatures are scorching today. The air is suffocating as the sun beats down on my shoulders but there isn’t a drop of sweat on my body. Dry heat they say.
Today I am going to Joshua Tree for the day. I knew it would be hot, but I wanted to see the park anyway.
I grab a panni sandwich from a local gas station, before making our way into the park. Today is not the day for fine dining.
In hindsight- going to the desert on a sweltering day is not recommended, but today is the only free day of my trip I can see one of the most iconic national parks in the United States.
If you are wondering where Joshua Tree gets its name, the trees I see on the drive-in are all Joshua Trees. They are one of a kind and typically only grow in this area.
There are thousands of them- each more uniquely shaped than the last. My family finds a good one to pose by to snap a photo.I plan to see these three significant spots before getting out of the100-degreee dry heat.
Keys view is at the top of the mountain and overlooks the sandy-colored valley below. The park stretches for miles, and you can look as far as the eye can see. Keys View is the spot for mountain-peak views. The wind feels incredible and makes the air feel less stuffy.
Skull rock is an interesting rock formation that looks just like a skull and is a must-see at Joshua Tree. It reminds me of something I saw in the Peter Pan movie as a kid. People are climbing on the rocks- nature’s jungle gym.
Cholla Cactus Garden
If you thought Arizona had some attractive cacti, wait until you see Joshua Tree. We walk along the path a short as the sun shines down on my shoulders. The cactus are short but they feel like they go on for miles.
My day trip to Joshua Tree was a whirlwind, moving quickly from each spot to avoid the heat. Its dangerous to be out in the desert on a day like today. There isn’t any cell service in the park. If one of us got stranded- chances of survival would be slim. I wish we could have enjoyed the park a little bit more, but maybe it won’t be so hot next time we go.