If you are planning a camping vacation this summer, why not check out Joshua Tree National Park, located 140 miles east of Los Angeles, 175 miles northeast of San Diego, and 215 miles southwest of Las Vegas.
This is a fabulous park in that it is home to not one, but nine campgrounds. Each campground has a number of campsites ranging from 15 to 124. Two of the camps are horse camps; two have water available, and all charge fees from $10 to $15.
The names of the campgrounds include Belle, Black Rock, Cottonwood, Hidden Valley, Indian Cove, Jumbo Rocks (which has 124 camp sites), Ryan, and Sheep Pass. The names alone invoke fun and adventure!
The activities available at Joshua Tree National Park include horseback riding, hiking, nature walks, rock climbing, stargazing, and wildflower viewing, to name a few.
The campsites are available for up to six people and three tents. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire grate. Toilets and water are available at Black Rock and Cottonwood campgrounds. In addition, you can obtain water at the visitor center and the Indian Cove Ranger Station.
The kids will love this camping vacation, not only because it offers a myriad of activities, but because they can become Junior Rangers and receive their own badge! Kids will also want to pick up the Jr. Ranger workbook, which is available at the entrance to the park. This workbook offers information about the ranger program as well as other camping regulations.
Imagine camping among the more than 800,000 acres of land that is Joshua Tree National Park. Moreover, it has been touted as having one of the most incredible views, land formations, and vegetation due to its high elevations.
For an adventurous and fun-filled vacation, check out Joshua Tree National Park. Donít forget to bring the camera ñ we are told there are tortoises and bighorn sheep roaming about!
Discover Palm Springs In California
Palm Spring is a famous oasis resort nestled between the mountains, not far from the Mojave Desert in California. It is a great destination to visit on a California Holiday with its many fairways, spa resorts and great entertainment. This is just one of many California vacation spots that you and your family can enjoy.
In the 1920s and 30s Palm Springs became known as the playground of the stars, and continued to be right through to the 1970s. During this period stars such as Steve McQueen, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant and The Marx Brothers bought homes here.
A short ride on the Palm Springs aerial tramway will take you to the top of Mount Jacinto into the cool alpine forests. The air can be up to 25°C cooler than in the desert, and it’s not unusual to be able to play in the snow in the winter months. The views from the top of the mountain are spectacular!
There are jeep tours that will take you out in the Mojave Desert. Here you can see desert life up close, from the wildflowers of the desert, to the San Andreas Fault. After the heat of the desert refresh yourself at Knott’s Soak City USA. This water park is fun filled with 18 wet and wild water rides!
If you are feeling brave, you might like to visit the ghost town of Calico. This was an old mining town abandoned in 1907. Some people believe that Calico is haunted by the spirits of the miners! Restoration started in the 1950s to bring it back to the condition it is in today – as a working museum. Attractions include staged gun fights, panning for gold and tours of the mines.
The Joshua Tree National Park straddles two deserts (Mojave and Colorado), and is a wondrous place filled with interesting rock formations and a wide variety of flora. It is worth hiking, or trekking it by horse.
If the outdoors aren’t really your scene, then you can shop until you drop at El Paseo, or play a round of golf before unwinding at a spa resort.
All in all there is plenty to do for the whole family on a California holiday to Palm Springs!