Why did we wait so long to come here? That's the question Lea and I asked ourselves once we entered the park at the Joshua Tree, CA entrance. The park is huge, with other entrances at 29 Palms, CA, home to the large Marine Corps Base where I spent many days of desert warfare training, and another off I-10 east of Indio, CA.
In the high desert, the western part of the park is above 3000 feet, while the eastern part drops below 3000 feet. Our visit took in a very small section, from the entrance to Hidden Valley. We plan to return several more times.
The rocks, their sizes, shapes, and formations are dramatic and powerful. All I can tell you is that the rock piles began underground eons ago. I took lots of photos in the attempt to describe them.
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Thanks Colonel. You have a gift of composing photos. A perfect time of year to go and visit Joshua Tree. - Duane Weiss, Fri, 16 Apr 2010 10:00AM
I love the place. Have been there often. There is a spectacular view point I think it is called salton View. On a clear day you can see all the way to Mexico. Also a spot called Jumbo Rocks is grest if you like huge rock formations.--Jim Nice photos - Jim Vincent, Thu, 15 Apr 2010 5:08PM
Wow, and to think it's been there all this time and I have never been there. Your pics make me want to go in person and see the beauty of spring in the desert. - Ernie Simon, Thu, 15 Apr 2010 3:55PM
Great photos. Can't believe you were never over there !!! Some years ago we drove the whole park, and went back a second time a few years later and camped in our motothome. - Dale Wahl, Thu, 15 Apr 2010 3:43PM