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Hidden Valley

A Relict Population

The Mojave Desert as we know it is probably less than 10,000 years old. Before that, pinyon-juniper woodlands covered the lower slopes of the present desert ranges and basins. As the climate became more arid, this conifer woodland began to retreat. Now these trees are considered a relict population, confined to higher elevations and areas such as Hidden Valley, where there is enough moisture to support them.


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Pinyon pine, juniper and Joshua trees coexist in a microclimate.


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