When we left Tonopah in April, it was time to start heading west for California. We decided to spend a couple nights in Twentynine Palms, so we could go to Joshua Tree National Park. Chris actually took a mini vacation since it was my birthday weekend and it gave us three fun days to explore.
We stayed at Twenty Nine Palms RV Resort which was a short drive to one of the northern park entrances (the Oasis Visitor Center area).
To make things even better our friends Steffanie and Mike from Migratory Life just happened to be staying at the same park.
On our first day in the park we just kind of drove around and took pictures. We enjoyed seeing all the crazy Dr. Seuss like trees that gave the park its name.
We also stopped at the Split Rock area to walk around and check out some of the cool large rock formations.
At the time we were there, the Xscapers were having a convergence but they were staying near the southern entrance of the park (Cottonwood Springs). On our second day we were able to to meet up with them and do the 1.7 mile Skull Rock Nature Trail hike. It was great to see Travis and Melanie again and meet some other fellow Xscapers. Skull Rock was pretty cool too. Not hard to see where it got its name but it was hard to get a good pic with all the other people getting pics in front of the rock. I finally got one.
Later that night we drove to the other side of the park to hang out with the Xscapers and saw a ton of jack rabbits but it was too dark to get a picture.
On our last day in the park and my birthday(woohoo) we started out by driving to the Black Rock Campground and walking around.
We also did some of the Hi View Trail hike. Chris had fun goofing off and we saw a pretty cool looking spiny lizard but overall we weren’t that impressed with the views.
I think we were both surprised that our favorite area of the park was actually the Cholla Cactus Garden. When we got there the sun was about to set and they were glowing in the sunlight. The trail is just a short quarter of a mile loop but it’s so pretty. Be careful to not bump them or step on any that have fallen on the ground. On the way out we saw a boy trying to get one out of the bottom of his shoe that had gone into his foot. Ouch!
Joshua Tree was part of the California super bloom this year and there were lots of beautiful blooms everywhere. It was hard to stop taking pictures of them all. I had a great time celebrating my 36th birthday at Joshua Tree. Maybe I should make visiting a National Park for my birthday a tradition. That would be pretty cool.
Have you ever been to Joshua Tree? If so what were some of your favorite parts or hikes?
Wondering what type of gear we take on our hikes? Check out the list below: