#2 – Joshua Tree National Park

Park Features

  1. Unique Flora and Fauna: The park is renowned for its namesake Joshua Trees (Yucca brevifolia), which give the landscape an otherworldly feel. It also has various desert plants and animals, including cacti, wildflowers, bighorn sheep, and desert tortoises.
  2. Stunning Landscapes: The park’s diverse landscapes include rugged mountains, stark desert plains, and unique rock formations. These features provide breathtaking views and excellent opportunities for photography.
  3. Recreational Activities: Joshua Tree NP is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Popular activities include hiking, rock climbing, camping, and stargazing. The park’s clear skies and lack of light pollution make it an excellent spot for astronomy.
  4. Rock Climbing: The park is a world-class destination for rock climbers, offering thousands of climbing routes of varying difficulty. The unique granite rock formations attract climbers from all over the globe.
  5. Cultural and Historical Significance: The park has a rich cultural history, with evidence of human habitation dating back over 5,000 years. Visitors can explore historical sites, including remnants of old mines, homesteads, and Native American petroglyphs.
  6. Accessibility: Its proximity to major urban centers like Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas makes it an accessible destination for both day-trippers and longer visits.
  7. Varied Ecosystems: Joshua Tree NP spans the convergence of two distinct desert ecosystems—the Mojave and the Colorado Deserts. This unique positioning offers a variety of environments within the park, each with its own distinct flora and fauna.

These factors, combined with the park’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities, make Joshua Tree National Park a popular destination for nature lovers, adventurers, and tourists alike.

Barstow Index

Barstow California Area

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Barstow Area. Barstow lies in the intersection of the three largest ecosubsections in the Mojave Desert; High Desert Plains & Hills (322Ag), Mojave Valley – …

Barstow, California

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Barstow 1890. Barstow is situated at the junction of the California Southern and the A. &. P. Railway, eighty-two miles from San Bernardino and twelve miles …

Kramer Junction (Four Corners) Mojave High Desert

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3) Go west on the State Route 58 through Boron, Mojave or California City and up to Tehachapi and over the Southern Sierra. 4) Go east to Barstow. There is food …

Vanyume Indians

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Mojave Desert Indians – Map. Vanyume Indians. The Vanyume or Beñemé, as Father Garces called them, lived beyond and along much of the length of the Mojave …

Casa del Desierto

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Casa del Desierto – Harvey House. Barstow Harvey House and train station photo – Casa del Desierto Casa del Desierto: The Spanish for “House of the Desert” In …

Barstow, California – Notes

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Nov 4, 2023  Today, it remains an essential point of access and commerce for those traveling through the Mojave Desert in Southern California. Post Views: 12.

Goldstone, Barstow California, Mojave Desert

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Goldstone Ghost Town. More of a site than a ghost town, there are only a few scattered foundations and some rubble to be found. The area is now home to NASA’s …

History of Barstow the National Old Trails Road and Route 66

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The Barstow yards are used jointly by the Santa Fe and Union Pacific and handily very considerable volume of the transcontinental traffic. Hence the railroad …

Barstow, Ca Historic Photos

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Burton Frasher photos of Barstow, California.

Wild Burros


Wild burros, also known as wild donkeys, can be found in various desert regions around the world. In North America, one notable population of wild burros resides in the deserts of the southwestern United States, particularly in states like Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah. These burros are descendants of domesticated animals brought to the region by early European settlers and prospectors.

Here are some key points about wild burros in the desert:

  1. Origins: Wild burros in the American Southwest are often descendants of animals brought by Spanish explorers and settlers in the 1500s. Over the centuries, these domesticated animals escaped or were released, adapting to the arid desert environment.
  2. Adaptations: Wild burros have evolved to thrive in harsh desert conditions. They are well-adapted to arid environments, with efficient water retention capabilities and the ability to consume a variety of desert vegetation.
  3. Habitat: Wild burros are typically found in semi-arid and arid regions, where water sources may be scarce. Deserts provide them with open spaces, rocky terrain, and sparse vegetation that suits their browsing and grazing habits.
  4. Behavior: Wild burros are social animals and often form small herds led by a jack, a dominant male. They have a hierarchical social structure and communicate through vocalizations and body language.
  5. Conservation Concerns: While wild burros have adapted well to desert life, their populations sometimes face challenges. Overgrazing, competition for limited water sources, and conflicts with human activities can impact their well-being. As a result, ongoing efforts are to manage and conserve wild burro populations in some areas.
  6. Management and Control: In some regions, wild burro populations are managed to prevent overgrazing and habitat degradation. This may involve relocation, adoption programs, or fertility control measures to balance the burro population and the available resources.
  7. Tourism and Observation: Wild burros in the desert can be a point of interest for tourists and nature enthusiasts. Observing these animals in their natural habitat can be a unique experience. Still, visitors need to respect their space and adhere to any regulations in place for their protection.

Understanding the ecology and behavior of wild burros is crucial for their conservation and coexistence with human activities in desert environments. Conservation efforts aim to balance preserving these iconic animals and maintaining the health of the ecosystems they inhabit.

El Burro

Oatman, Arizona