Getting out of the city: Camping at Joshua Tree National Park

By | May 7, 2011

I went to Joshua Tree National Park a few weekends ago with a group of friends: Eric, Kim, and Scott.

"Eric" collage at Joshua Tree

"Eric" collage at Joshua Tree

"Kim" collage at Joshua Tree

"Kim" collage at Joshua Tree

"Scott" collage at Joshua Tree

"Scott" collage at Joshua Tree

Apparently it was also the weekend for Coachella, a big music festival, so the campgrounds inside the park were all full. Also, it was free National Park week, so that didn’t help matters. And besides all that, the best time to be in the desert is in early spring, when the days are not too hot and the nights are not too cold.

What I’m saying is the campgrounds were all full by the time we got there on Friday afternoon, when it was too late to even get any of the “no reserve” sites. So we ended up staying outside the park, in one of the overflow camping sites.

Joshua Tree Camping

Our campsite outside of Joshua Tree

That didn’t matter, though. All it meant was a little extra driving to get to trails; but I love the drive through the park anyway, seeing all the rocks and joshua trees.

Typical view of rocks at Joshua Tree

Typical view of rocks at Joshua Tree

As we drove along, we made commentary on the types of joshua tree we each liked the best. So we made it a point to pose with our favorite type of tree by time the weekend was over.

Favorite Joshua Tree

We each posed with our favorite type of joshua tree

I had a great time, getting to hike and climb the massive rock piles to my heart’s content. The following are some more pictures from the weekend.

Joshua Tree National Park Lake

Joshua Tree National Park Lake

 

View from top of rock pile at Joshua Tree

View from top of rock pile at Joshua Tree

 

Watching the sunset

Watching the sunset

 

Sunset at Joshua Tree

Sunset at Joshua Tree



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One thought on “Getting out of the city: Camping at Joshua Tree National Park

  1. Matt Forgue

    Great pictures, Ev! Looks like a fun trip.

    Looking forward to meeting you in June!

    -Matt

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