5 Things You Didn’t Know About Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is less than a three-hour drive from Los Angeles and features miles of untouched arid wilderness and diverse desert life.

The park attracted over three million visitors in 2022 and 2021, known for its cultural significance and spiritual experiences for many.

Joshua Tree National Park encompasses two deserts: the higher-elevation Mojave, home to Joshua trees, and the lower, warmer Colorado Desert.

The Joshua tree is a yucca plant, not a tree, with historical uses by indigenous people and Mormon settlers for various purposes.

Despite being a desert, the park is home to hundreds of species, including the threatened Mojave desert tortoise, with efforts underway to protect it.