Joshua Tree is a National Park is a large protected area located approximately 150 miles east of LA. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert. It encompasses a unique piece of desert that attracts people from all over the world, and has become a major attraction for Californians as well. The park is characterized by rugged rock formations that climbers have long flocked to, and stark desert landscapes marked by large boulders, making for photo ops that photographers go gaga over.
Many people don't know that Joshua Tree Desert is a very biodiverse area, especially in the early spring when wildflowers and various cacti variety are blooming. This Ocotillo plant below is one example of the wild and beautiful flora to be found in the area. The claw-shaped flowers at the tip of each of these spidery limbs are bright lipstick-red!
Highly recommended if you haven't been there yet. But do avoid it during high tourist times and holidays - it has become quite the destination for, like, ALL of LA ;)