At first glance, Joshua Tree National Park just looks like a brown, lifeless desert. But once you get closer, your eyes adjust to the shades of brown in this place where two deserts meet, and you see so much more than just sand and cactus. There are over 750 documented plant species within the park! The western half of the park, at elevations above 3,000 feet, is Mojave Desert habitat; whereas the eastern side, at below 3,000 feet, lies within the Colorado Desert. And as if this isn’t enough dramatic geography, the San Andreas Fault (the tectonic boundary between the Pacific plate and the North American plate) spans the length of the southern border of this National Park.
As spectacular as the National Park was, my glamping accommodations in the town of Joshua Tree were just as extraordinary. I stayed in a unique AirStream campground called AutoCamp. The 31-foot AirStream campers all had upscale interior renovations that included a queen size bed, walk-in shower, fully functional kitchenette and each had its own private patio with fire pit and dining area. Between the spa-like accommodations and super-friendly staff, the whole place had a great vibe that allowed me to relax and unwind for a few days.
All in all, my stay in Joshua Tree, and visit to the National Park of the same name, was a gloriously relaxed and unique experience. The landscape and the accommodations definitely put this destination on the “revisit in the future” list 🙂