Hike to Fortynine Palms Oasis
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Hike to Fortynine Palms Oasis

Joshua trees are known for their spiky leafed, branches reaching for the heavens are ubiquitous in most of Joshua Tree National Park, but not on this trail.  The elevation is too low for the yuccas (Joshua trees don’t have rings so they are not really trees).  Instead, you’ll find palm trees in this secluded oasis … Continue reading

Joshua Tree’s Most Dangerous Hike
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Joshua Tree’s Most Dangerous Hike

It’s Joshua Tree National Park’s most dangerous hike.  Not because of the extreme heat, rattlesnakes, or rugged terrain, but because of the “teddy bear” cactus.  It sounds cuddly, but it’s not.  You are literally surrounded by cacti in the Cholla Cactus Garden.  It’s one of the shortest hikes in Joshua Tree, but could easily be … Continue reading

“In God’s Country” in Joshua Tree National Park
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“In God’s Country” in Joshua Tree National Park

“I wanna run, I wanna hide.  I wanna tear down the walls that hold me inside.”  Those are the first words of “Where the Streets Have No Name.”  Those are the opening words of the legendary rock band U2’s album The Joshua Tree.  For years I had wanted to go to the mythical and magical … Continue reading

Oasis in the Desert in Twentynine Palms
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Oasis in the Desert in Twentynine Palms

The home I stayed in during my visit to Joshua Tree National Park was simply an oasis in the desert.  I found 49 Palms Park Place on Homeaway.  I was searching for something in the town of Joshua Tree, until I saw this place in Twentynine Palms. We arrived late day on a hot afternoon. … Continue reading