Joshua Tree is one of the most spiritual of all the national parks and offers some amazing views. On the way back from Palm Springs Modernism Week, we drove to Joshua Tree to visit Keys View and the Cholla Cactus Garden.
The first stop was the Cholla Cactus Garden, which is a dense field of cactus plants, all about 1-5 feet tall. Although these cacti don't get quite as much attention as the Yucca trees, they are just as magical. The cactus plants appear abruptly off the side of the road and can easily be spotted because of their bright yellow spikes almost glow in the sun. In fact, the fuzzy spikes granted them the nickname, "Teddy Bear Cactus", which sounds cute but can be dangerously prickly. As we traveled up the road a few more feet, the cactus completely disappeared due to the change in elevation.
The second stop was Keys View, which is an elevation point of about 5,185 feet and offers stunning views of the desert all the way to the Salton Sea and the San Jacinto Mountains. We made is just in time for sunset.
The limited edition photos from this shoot are available for purchase here.
Keys View sunset
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