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Joshua Tree National Park - Mojave Ecozone:
Backcountry Roads

Geology Tour Road

The Geology Tour Road is an 18-mile, self-guiding driving tour along a dirt road winding through some of the park's most fascinating rockscape. 4-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended beyond stop #9, Squaw Tank.

To continue, please start with the Introduction, or click Begin Here on the map.

Introduction
The face of the earth at any time represents only a fleeting moment in a very long ...
    1_ Queen Valley
      Queen Valley, a mountain-rimmed valley at an elevation of 4,450 feet is ...

    2_ A Raindrop Divides
      This knoll is the north-south drainage divide for the park. Typically, ...

    3_ Nature's Gutter
      This is a dry intermittant stream channel, more commonly known as a ...

    4_ Old Erosional Level
      Many of the monzogranite boulders here bear a distinct ...

    5_ Rock Piles
      The monzogranite forming these rock piles was once a ...

    6_ Rock Sculpture
      The White Tank monzogranite found at Joshua Tree National Park ...

    7_ Malapai Hill
      The twin peaks of Malapai Hill rise about 400 feet above the ...

    8_ Alluvial Fans and Bajadas
      Alluvial fans are made up of sand, gravel and rock which ...

    9_ Squaw Tank
      Squaw Tank is an excellent place to observe interesting ...

    10 Pleasant Valley
      The Blue Cut fault is an earthquake fault that runs for about ...

    11 Debris Flow
      Occuring at the mouth of this steep canyon in the Hexie Mountains,...

    12 Mines
      The Hexie Mountains slopes are riddled with mine tunnels ...

    13 Dry Lake
      The upheaval of the Hexie Mountains with subsidence of ...

    14 Pinto Gneiss
      The banded and folded Pinto gneiss, approximately ...

    15 Pinyon Well Junction
      This is the alluvial fan at the upper end of the bajada ...

    16 Panoramic View
      In this tour of the Queen and Pleasant Valley's, we've seen ...


Squaw Tank granite

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