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The word "desert" usually calls to mind a dry and barren landscape, but this park blooms with color, life and beauty. You can enjoy a day trip or an overnight stay in one of the 147 campsites for Read more...
The word "desert" usually calls to mind a dry and barren landscape, but this park blooms with color, life and beauty. You can enjoy a day trip or an overnight stay in one of the 147 campsites for amazing camping. The park has 500 miles of dirt roads, 12 wilderness areas, countless miles of hiking trails and plenty of California desert to share with its visitors. The desert here, much to our delight, is surrounded by mountain ranges. The heat of the desert is worth it when you are rewarded with views of mountains reaching towards the desert sky. Although in most seasons, the park is known for dusty trails and sandy camping sites, in the springtime you can catch brilliantly colored wildflowers peeking out from the desert floor. During most other seasons, expect to spot traditional desert cacti poking around the park. The best part of the park, however, comes out at night. Unspoiled by artificial light, stars brighten up the desert sky and bring a sense of calm that visitors can celebrate after a long day of hiking. The famous Pacific Crest Trail even passes through the park. Don’t think this park is all desert, though. Plenty of surprises lurk about here. Our personal favorite is the palm tree oasis. The oasis, located in the middle of a hiking trail, is a true paradise for those who have been in the desert’s heat all day. The oasis consists of a hub of palm trees providing shade next to a small creek that we bet you’ll end up skipping, running, jumping or wading into. Last one there’s a rotten egg (or maybe just a sweaty hiker)!