Joshua Tree National Park encompasses almost 800,000 acres in Southern California. The area is infinitely variable, seeming unwelcoming and sometimes brutal during summer. However, the land is actually quite fragile and delicate. Climate extremes, torrential downpours, and strong winds shaped the park's land, although the rain is unpredictable and sparse. The survival of the animals and plants that live within the park relies on their whole ecosystem.
During the area's more flourishing times, members of the Pinto Culture, among the earliest inhabitants of the Southwest, lived in the Pinto Basin that is now dry. Indians later left behind pottery ollas and rock painting as evidence of their presence in the desert for harvests of cactus fruit, pinyon nuts, and mesquite beans. Cattlemen then arrived in the desert in the late 1800's. Dams were built by the cattlemen for water. Miners soon followed them in a quest for gold, leaving behind the Keys Ranch, Desert Queen mine, and Lost Horse mine. Homesteaders arrived in the 1930's in search of an opportunity to start their lives anew and free land. Today, however, people visit the desert in search of blue skies and tranquility.
1.Nature of the Park
2.Black Rock Canyon
4.Covington Flats & Indian Cove
Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California
- Nature of the Park, Photo: Courtesy of kateleigh - Fotolia.com
- Black Rock Canyon, Photo: Courtesy of FotoMak - Fotolia.com
- Cottonwood Spring , Photo: Courtesy of FotoMak - Fotolia.com
- Covington Flats & Indian Cove, Photo: Courtesy of Fyle - Fotolia.com
- Keys View, Photo: Courtesy of Bill Perry - Fotolia.com
- Skull Rock, Photo: Courtesy of deberarr - Fotolia.com
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of kateleigh - Fotolia.com