Where the two distinct desert ecosystems of Southern California, the high and low deserts of the Mojave and the Colorado, come together, they create a world totally its own. Protected as Joshua Tree National Park, this unique world features plants and animals whose lives are shaped by frequent drought, strong winds, and rare torrential rains.
Combined with fascinating geological features and a rich history, Joshua Tree National Park is a very special place that attracts wanderers and explorers. The Colorado Desert, part of the Sonoran Desert, is mostly covered by the abundant creosote bush and small stands of cholla cactus and spidery ocotillo. The higher, wetter, and cooler Mojave Desert is home to weirdly twisted and misshapen Joshua trees. The unique plant life is interspersed with equally unique geological formations. Mountains of exposed granite monoliths and twisted rocks, arroyos, alluvial fans, playas, bajadas, pediments, granites, aplite, and gneiss all weave a giant mosaic of rare beauty.
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