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“A forest in the desert.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Joshua Tree Ranch

Joshua Tree Ranch
Guadalajara, Mexico
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“A forest in the desert.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

Those who think that the desert is a barren, lifeless wasteland should not miss the opportunity to travel to Joshua Tree National Park. Nestled in the picturesque landscape of multicolored mountainsides and saguaro cacti is a veritable hub of botanical diversity. Sprawling seas of needles and jagged leaves compose a wilderness rich in texture, color, and biodiversity. Painted by the sunrise and sunset this land becomes an optical oasis for which one can rest their tired eyes from the long road, and rejuvenate their hearts and appreciation for the resplendent world of nature in all its forms.

Visited February 2012
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Glendale, Arizona
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“Breathtaking!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2012

Breathtaking views. Camped for 2 nights and never realized just how beautiful the desert is in the winter. Shooting stars at night, bobcats on the trail in the early morning, jays outside our window, just great.

Visited December 2012
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Wisconsin
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70 reviews
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“800,000 acres of desert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

It's impossible to view all of the park in a single day. But that's all we had, so we were advised at the visitor's center to drive from the north to the south, stopping for hikes along the way. Definitely good advice! The trails are clearly marked, easily navigated, not very challenging, and list the length of the hike. There are many places for a picnic lunch. We were, however, surrounded by bees as we tried to eat. You are advised to keep windows shut while away from the car. Also be careful getting back in so none of those little critters join you. It was much more enjoyable observing other wildlife in the park!

Looking out over Key's View at 5,165 feet is gorgeous, though very windy and cold the day we were there.

Even though there were many visitors in the park, we often felt we were totally alone on the trails. We did see many scaling the sides of the taller rocks. Climbing rocks without using equipment was more at our level, so clearly we didn't make it very high!

What a treasure this national park is! Be sure to pick up a newspaper at the center. It's full of information about the park.

Visited November 2012
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Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
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“Excellent day in the park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

We visited the national park. It is a wilderness area. Be prepared to hike with the proper equipment. You need water and all items for the trails. The rock formations are super and interesting. We drove the north end around 40 miles with many turn off to see the area.

Visited November 2012
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Seoul, South Korea
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35 reviews
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“This place is beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

If you are into weird desert foliage and wildflowers (in spring) then this place is for you. It was a bit rainy and cold while i visited in April but the trees were weird! Just as the brochure said "something from Dr. Seuss." these trees are incredible and there are a lot of relaxing hikes. If it wasn't so cold when we went (no jackets!) we would have spent all day hiking instead we just took a lot of beautiful photos and drove around.

Visited April 2012
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