Joshua Tree Photo Trip


GENERAL INFO & PREP

Joshua Tree National Park is comprised of two separate desert ecozones: the Mojave Desert (most of the trees and rock formations are here) and the Colorado Desert. The Colorado Desert, which is in fact a western extension of the Sonoran Desert, occupies the southern and eastern portions of the park and is typically drier than its counterpart. The Mojave Desert occupies the western side of the park, is higher in elevation, and is moister than the Colorado.

The best of what’s in Joshua Tree is most easily accessible from the north side of the park. I suggest entering the park from the north entrance accessible from Twentynine Palms.

Drive through the whole park before hiking. Great desert road views.

Probably no cellular service so bring maps or have them on a phone or table

LOCATIONS

ROAD TRIP STOPS:

Pioneer Town. 12 miles northwest of Joshua Tree

Giant Rock in Landers. It’s a 7-story alien rock.

Integratron. Some weird sound thing.

Noah Purifoy. Some outdoor museum.

Barker Dam

Route 66 with Joshua Trees. Old 66 Loop through Ludlow and Amboy

Motels on the way

SHOOT SPOTS:

Arch Rock. Enter the park via its southeastern entrance off of Highway 10. Faces southeast, great for sunrise shots. You’ll leave your car at the White Tank Campground and set out on foot along a trail that carves through large granite boulders. The trail entrance is in the White Tank campground opposite of campsite 9.

Cholla Cactus Garden and Ocotillo Patch. Pinto Basin Road will bring you to the Cholla Cactus Garden. Extremely far from the rest of the park’s attractions.

Skull Rock. It looks like a giant skull okay?

Wonderland of Rocks. Rocks. Easy access if you park at the Rattlesnake Gulch Trailhead at the far end of Indian Cove Road East. Remember to download the trail map on Alltrails

Joshua Trees. Northwestern part of the park.

Keys View. A high elevation lookout point on the crest of the Little San Bernardino Mountains that you drive up to.

Hall of Horrors. Rock formations. 0.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Twentynine Palms, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Cap Rock. Description.

Inspiration Point. Description.

Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail. If you’re looking for a longer hike to get away from the crowds. It’s a 6.8 mile loop, so it’ll take some time, but that gives you tons of time to explore unique angles and photograph without worrying about annoying other hikers.

Wall Street Mill

Hidden Valley. The Hidden Valley loop trail is not only one of the best hikes in the park, but it’s also one of the best photo spots in Joshua Tree. Along the hike there are plenty of Joshua Trees to take photos by, as well as insane rock formations that serve as the perfect backdrop!


EAT DRINK ETC.

Pioneer Town

  • Pappy & Harriet’s

Crossroads Cafe

Natural Sisters Cafe

GENERAL IDEAS FOR TRIP AND PHOTOS

Night sky photography

Sunsets