Giant boulders, rugged mountains, eccentric trees, and wide-open sky-scapes are just some of the natural wonders you’ll encounter in abundance on a trip to this remarkable national park. It’s namesake, the Joshua Tree, makes for quite the vegetative spectacle all on it’s own with winding, twisting trunks and spiky outstretched branches. These spiny specimens dot the landscape in the higher elevations of the park. Venture further inside the park boundaries and you’ll be rewarded with an epic and sprawling wonderland of natural features to ogle over. The park exists at a unique ecological crossroads where the flora and fauna of the high Mojave Desert meet that of the low Colorado Desert. The landscapes at Joshua Tree are as vast and varied as the many options visitors have for outdoor recreation within it’s 1,235 square mile area. Outcroppings and patches of boulders large and small are piled throughout the rugged desert scenery. These rock “piles” represent more nooks and crannies than hikers, rock climbers, and birders alike could explore in a lifetime.