Joshua Tree National Park
The desert of California is typically dry, brittle, and mainly varying shades of brown and gray during the peak summer months. Joshua Tree National Park lies directly in the path of two merging California deserts; the Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert.
This normally dry and lifeless area springs to life early, before the actual month of spring. The weather is so hot in the desert region of Joshua National Park that they experience spring conditions through January, Feburary and March. The dusty brush experiences vibrant desert blooms that contrast beautifully with the earth toned desert floor. Unique flowers like the Brittlebrush, Canterbury Bells, and Brown Eyed Primrose show off colorful displays, while the park’s feature attraction, the Joshua Tree, may even see a rare bloom. Not every year does experience a large burst of spring color. The amount of color depends on the amount of rainfall. The more rain that the Joshua Tree region receives, the more color and blooms will fill up the desert. Squidoo Lensmaster Happiegrrrl has an incredible display of the Joshua Tree wildflowers and plant life that you can expect to see during the the spring bloom. There are some amazing detailed pictures of flowers and cacti like the Yucca and Cholla cactus.
Joshua Tree is also an incredible to hike and climb. The park features amazing photography, sightseeing, birdwatching, and camping. The park is close to several areas of California and Nevada, Los Angeles being only a couple of hours away, Las Vegas about 150 miles away, and the Palm Springs area only 45 minutes away.