National Park Joshua Tree is located in the southeastern part of the state of California, in a two-hour drive from Los Angeles.

In 1936, it was decided to create a park that would protect a unique Joshua tree, and in 1994 the park was declared a national park.

Legend says that the tree got its name from the first travelers who were Mormons. They saw in these twisted branches of a tree raised hands of Christ.

The trees themselves are able to reach a height of 9 meters, and their life expectancy is about 1000 years old.

Besides Joshua tree there are more than 700 species of plants in the park, including a large number of cacti.

National Park stretches over 255,300 hectares. It is considered to be the best place for climbing, as well as the best place for hiking, as it is full of rock formations, various mines and oases.

It is worth noting that the park has well developed and paved trails for hiking and horseback riding. Their total length of which is about 100 km. Each year, the park is visited by over a million people, but in spite of the huge number of tourists, the nature of park remains fairly untouched and wild. There are no hotels, no gas stations, and no souvenir shops in the park or nearby. The infrastructure of the park is represented by tent areas, paved and unpaved lanes and paved trails for hiking and horseback.

The best time for visiting the National Park is the flowering season when the entire desert is full of blooming. It is simply an unforgettable sight. Flowering season each year begins and ends at different times, but it usually occurs between February and April. The park starts its blooming season after numerous showers: Ocotillo begins to bloom, desert lavender, indigo bushes, evening primrose and sand verbena. And how lovely the flowering cacti are, their colors are quite surprising: from light green to bright red and brown.

Joshua Tree itself is famous for its beautiful, but rare lilies, but these dazzling white flowers are very hard to see.

М. Petrova