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

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.