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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Rock climbing Joshua Tree is a world-class site with challenges for climbers of just about every skill level.
  2. Peace and quiet Roughly two hours from Los Angeles, this great wilderness is the ultimate escape from technology.
  3. Stargazing You'll be mesmerized by the Milky Way flowing across the summer sky. For spectacular natural fireworks, visit in mid-August during the Perseid meteor shower and watch shooting stars streak overhead.
  4. Wildflowers In spring, the hillsides explode in a patchwork of yellow, blue, pink, and white.
  5. Sunsets Twilight is a magical time here, especially during the winter, when the setting sun casts a golden glow on the mountains.

When To Go

When to Go

October through May, when the desert is cooler, is when most visitors arrive. Daytime temperatures range from the mid-70s in December and January...

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