This is one of the most popular national parks in California. Here are some facts about it...
The Joshua Tree is not actually a tree it is a desert plant. It belongs to a similar group as blooming grasses and orchids, and develop very slowly, around 2 to 3 inches per year.
The tree got its name from the biblical character “Joshua” who guided the Israelites across Canaan. The tree is said to have guided the Mormon settlers across the Mojave desert.
This national park has three unique ecosystems. The southern section consists of ocotillo & cholla, its western part contains pinyon pine, & its northern section features Joshua trees.
Joshua Tree National Park covers around 792,600 acres of terrain. About 85% of the park is currently categorized as wilderness-designated areas or regions with wilderness potential.
This national park is home to about 57 species of mammals like Coyotes, squirrels, & Bighorn sheep. It also consists of 40 reptile species, 250 bird species, & 75 varieties of butterflies.
One of California's darkest night skies can be found here, providing spectacular chances to see the Milky Way. It is an excellent location for stargazing and desert camping.
The oldest rock here dates back to 1.6-1.7 billion years ago. Joshua Tree Augen Gneiss forms the oldest unit of metamorphic rocks which are subjected to high temperature and pressure.
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