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Joshua Tree National Park
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Tavernier, Florida
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484 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2013

We were there two days. Park is beautiful and eerie. Joshua Trees are awesome. WE hiked to Skull Rock, Hidden Valley and Ryan Ranch Trail to an old ranchero near the Lost Gold Mine.

Visited June 2013
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Surrey, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant, albeit it searingly HOT”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Not at all crowded. Rangers v helpful. A wonderful desert park. All, as all National Parks seem to be, very well organised and full of interesting information.

Visited July 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Beautiful Intro to the American Desert”
Reviewed July 12, 2013

We took a relatively short driving tour through the park and had a great time. We picked a few places to get out and get a better look at the terrain and rock formations, and read the typically informative National Park plaques. Can easily see how folks could spend days camping and hiking to see the enormous areas away from the paved roads. The kids were most impressed by the view from Keys View; being able to see the San Adreas Fault was very cool. They also noticed that other visitors had made improvised little "rock piles" in one area, and they enjoyed adding their own to the "guest book"! Skull Rock is also a must see for those on the main road; very weird!

Visited July 2013
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Pelham, Canada
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Rock formations, nice views, interesting vegetation, very spread out”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

It's a big park. You mostly drive around and stop to read some of the plaques or take in some views. You need half a day for sure. You can enter from the south and drive uphill to the north entrance or visa versa. The vegetation, rock formations, and even temperature change as you change elevation. Some of the rock formations are striking and make good pictures. There is also a lot of unusual vegetation and you will see lot's of the strange looking namesake Joshua trees. They actual get quite large for a desert tree. This park actually straddles two desert systems. We did some of the park attractions accessible on foot only - some are short walks - these are preferred rather than the longer hikes. It is worth visiting this park. It one of the biggest attractions in the area. I would not recommend it for younger kids - they would probably be bored. This is for adults and maybe older kids.

Visited May 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Such a wondrous place it's almost mystical. It's a large park consisting of 800k acres with changing landscapes of sandstone, cacti and wildlife. Hike to Keys View and behold the Salton Sea in the distance. The park was named for the large stands of the native plant, the Joshua Tree. Take a walk in the jumping Cholla cactus garden or get close and personal ( not too close ) with the Ocotillo plants. Granite monoliths that look like they were dropped from the sky stand watch over the landscape. If you can't camp there, at least take the time to spend ONE hour of you life looking at the night sky. You will not believe the night skyscape as you will see more stars then you have in years. SIDE NOTE: Rattlesnake Canyon is closed due to vandals that have taken it upon themselves to redecorate Gods handiwork. Please, if you see anyone defacing ANY of our National Parks, report them at once and if you have the opportunity, please go ahead and deface the culprits while waiting for the authorities to arrive. Do unto others you know.......

Visited June 2013
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