Plan a hiking trip to Joshua Tree National Park, where desert wildflowers are already blooming.

Posted by Fodor's Editors on February 26, 2011 at 2:00:00 AM EST | Post a Comment
Less than 30 miles from the center of Palm Springs, this arid wilderness starkly contrasts with the neighboring resort area. The harsh environments of the Colorado and Mojave deserts are home to cacti, other succulents, and the namesake tree. Escape here to walk a nature trail, hike the backcountry, rock-climb, or just enjoy the expansive desert views. Spring is one of the most popular seasons, especially when the wildflower bloom, typically between March and April. Check the wildflower update here.

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  • Actionwriter on Feb 26, 11 at 05:17 PM

    Yes, Spring is beautiful in Yucca Valley, Joshua and Morongo valley. Flowers bloom and the green starts to return
    HOWEVER, as a person that has lived in this area for many years let me caution you about some things in the park.
    1. Snakes. Yes, this is the home to rattlers and in SPRING is when they come out from those beautiful rocks you love to sit on for pictures. Be forewarned--there are gazillions of rattlers in this park. Keep the kids close to you and don't even think of letting the pooch wonder over, under and around the rocks. Also, not so much in the past few years, but Yucca Valley was/is the shakey-rocky area of the south Mojavie--If a little earthquake dosen't bother you then the constant tremmers you fell --daily in the park won't bother you. Just be aware that if it starts getting quiet and you see rocks rolling down from the top of larger boulders, look for a flat spot away from the high places.