Joshua Tree National Park has 9 campgrounds and 500 campsites for those who enjoy sleeping under a blanket of stars. If you're a hiker or backpacker, you can choose from a network of trails of varying difficulty, from day hikes of 3-7 miles to shorter nature trails of 1.3 mile loops and under. You can also enjoy a guided walking tour of Keys Ranch, where the Keys family set up an early homestead settlement in 1910 that lasted 60 years. The settlement is still viewed as a prime representation of the resourcefulness and hard work it took to survive in the desert.
Other fascinating places to see are Skull Rock, where nature carved and shaped a large granite rock into an amazing likeness of a skull. Cottonwood Spring Oasis is considered the park's "best kept secret"; the spring resulted from long-ago earthquake activity that created a much-needed desert watering hole for Native Americans, miners, prospectors and others. At Keys View, you can enjoy panoramic views of Coachella Valley from the crest of the Little San Bernardino Mountains.
These highlights just touch on the myriad of experiences - from wildlife sightings to birding to nature's quiet beauty - that you can enjoy when you visit Joshua Tree National Park.
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