After visiting Death Valley National Park and Mojave National Preserve, my coworkers and I ended our day off work at Joshua Tree National Park. With the sun getting low on the horizon, we wasted no time seeing as much as possible before dark. As expected, it wasn’t long before we found ourselves deep in the the Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia, Asparagaceae) woodland that occupies much of the park.
We also passed a lot of the rounded weathered granite found throughout the park:
Our main destination here was Keys View in the Little San Bernardino Mountains. We made it with time to spare, and the late-day views were impressive.
This scenic spot overlooks Coachella Valley, which harbors part of the infamous San Andreas Fault:
From here we could also see the Salton Sea to the south:
The distant San Jacinto Mountains looked great against the setting sun:
Sunset also provided for some nice shots of the Joshua trees:
Our long one-day drive through Death Valley National Park and Mojave National Preserve left us with little time at Joshua Tree. Although the sunset views were rewarding, it would have been even better to have more time at this great national park.