Sunday, December 6, 2015

Joshua Tree National Park: Skull Rock, Arch, and Cholla Cactus Garden

Our last day in Joshua Tree we did the Skull Rock ranger-led hike, the Arch hike, and the Cholla Cactus Garden, all on our way to the Cottonwood visitor center on the south side. We camped on the BLM property just outside the Park. Just FTR, we really liked Joshua Tree, mainly for the rock heaps and despite the Joshua Trees. Members of the staff seemed amused at our suggestions for more accurately re-naming the Park: "Weird Rock Formations National Park," "Heaps and Piles National Park," "Two Deserts National Park," "Monzogranite National Park," "Islands of Rock National Park." Anything but "Joshua Tree." Advice: go on week-days. Week-ends the place is crawling with climbers and wannabe climbers.
Skull Rock; obviously a Conehead skull

More heaps and piles

Happy face

Skull Rock in perspective


The Arch

Cholla Cactus in the Colorado Desert

Should be re-named "Cholla Cactus Forest"

You have been warned

You have been warned again

Relevant quote: "If the plant bears any helpful or even
innocent part in the scheme of things on this planet, I should
be glad to know of it" (J. Smeaton Chase, California Desert
Trails, 1919)
Another desert sunset sky

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

That is a great (and apt!) quote. :)