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Joshua Tree California is one of the most stunning landscapes I have explored on my travels. Every twist and turn through the National Park brings forth a unique terrain. I have put together this photo diary in hopes that it inspires you to take a trip to this incredible desert oasis.

If you are ever in Palm Springs, Los Angeles, or Phoenix, stopping at Joshua Tree National Park is a must. Go for the day or stay overnight at one of their many campsites. Scroll down to see a few snapshots from our trip out there this past May!

Joshua Tree California Entrance

During our two week vacation in Palm Desert, we took a day trip out to Joshua Tree National Park. We began at the Cottonwoods Entrance (exit 168), and made our way to Chollo Cactus Garden.

Girl in Joshua Tree

Cholla Cactus

Cholla Cactus up close

From there we drove to White Tank, a popular campground with amazing rock formations and interesting pathways to explore.

Girl standing on desert rocks

White Tank Joshua Tree Rocks

Desert scape rocks

Desert Dunes Joshua Tree

We then changed into our hiking gear and made the 5,456-foot-high trek up Ryan Mountain. It took us about 35 minutes to reach the top.

Joshua Tree Ryan Mountain

Man jumping on mountain

Outfit change! We got out of our sweaty hiking gear and wiped the dust off with a few wet wipes. Side note: wet wipes are a must on this trip! For more tips, check out this post. Next stop: Key’s View, a breathtaking view of the canyons below.

Woman sitting on viewpoint

Woman looking at view

Woman looking at desert

Keys View Joshua Tree

Woman looking out at canyon

We spent golden hour walking around the desert scape, taking in the scenery before ending our day. I would highly recommend sticking around Joshua Tree National Park at this time of night. The park just comes alive.

Women walking in desert

Photo of Joshua Trees

Women on Joshua Tree Road

Finally, beer time! We ended this epic day at the iconic Pappy and Harriet’s restaurant for some BBQ and blues music. Our trip to Joshua Tree California was complete! We were exhausted but we loved every minute.

Pappy and Harriets Patio

Did this post inspire you to visit Joshua Tree National Park? If so, make sure you check out my Day Trip to Joshua Tree post for literally EVERYTHING you need to know before heading out on your adventure.

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