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San Gorgonio Mountain From Joshua Tree National Park
Bob and Nadine Johnston
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The Views from many places in the Joshua Tree National Park are outstanding, especially at Sunset or sunrise and great many times morning or afternoon. Here we have a view of the Snow on San Gorgonio Mountain, Palm Springs would be off the the left and Banning to the right. ...... Joshua Tree is located in southeastern California...... .It covers a land area of 790,636 acres � an area slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island. A large part of the park, some 429,690 acres is a designated wilderness area, where no vehicles are permitted but it is good for hiking and backpacking. Straddling the San Bernardino County/Riverside County border, the park includes parts of two deserts, each an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation: the higher Mojave Desert and lower Colorado Desert. The Little San Bernardino Mountains run through the southwest edge of the park. The higher and slightly cooler Mojave Desert is the special habitat of Yucca brevifolia, the Joshua tree for which the park is named. It occurs in patterns from dense forests to distantly spaced specimens. In addition to Joshua tree forests, the western part of the park includes some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California's deserts. The dominant geologic features of this landscape are hills of bare rock, usually broken up into loose boulders. These hills are popular amongst rock climbing and scrambling enthusiasts. The flatland between these hills is sparsely forested with Joshua trees. Together with the boulder piles and Skull Rock, the trees make the landscape otherworldly.
November 30th, 2012
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