We’d been there before but couldn’t wait to return to Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. In January we were staying at an RV park near Palm Springs so it was less than an hour drive to the park. The south entrance took us to Cottonwood Springs, a California Fan Palm oasis in the mountainous desert. Joshua Tree is a huge preserve in the mountains at the juncture of the Colorado Desert and the Mohave Desert. It was established to protect plants, especially the Joshua Tree, which were being dug up to landscape Los Angeles. It is a rugged landscape of Monzogranite boulders and formations eroded by wind and water. The Joshua Trees stand out in this stark landscape like Dr. Suess characters.
We went back to Joshua Tree in March and the desert was blooming. Be sure to click on the photos for a larger image. Moisture from El Nino helped the desert put on a the best show in years.