Located in the California desert, Joshua Tree National Park is named for the rare and beautiful trees that are found in the park. Many national parks are best visited in summertime. However, Joshua Tree’s desert location makes the cooler parts of the year the most ideal to visit. Here are the top 7 reasons to consider visiting this fall.
1. The Pleasant Weather
Temperatures in Joshua Tree National Park can easily soar over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) during the summer. During the fall – particularly from October through the end of November, temperatures hover in a much more manageable 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit (20-26 degrees celsius) range. This makes exploring the great outdoors not only more comfortable but also safer, as you won’t have to worry quite as much about heat exhaustion or dehydration.
2. The Amazing Stargazing
Joshua Tree National Park is the perfect spot for those looking to view some amazing views of the skies above us. The area’s relatively remote location results in less light pollution. While it does cool off at night, temperatures still hover around the 50s in the fall, meaning a jacket will more than suffice to stay warm while watching the milky way.
3. The Annual Music Festival
If you enjoy music, here’s another reason to visit Joshua Tree this fall! Joshua Tree Musical Festival is set to run from October 6-9th. The lineup of years past has featured up-and-coming artists from a variety of genres ranging from indie to electro-punk. The festival is set at Joshua Tree Lake Campground and RV, and tickets are available for purchase online.
4. The One Of A Kind Things To Do
Joshua Tree Music Festival isn’t the only event hosted in the park. There are numerous one of a kind experiences to have that go far beyond your regular nature walk. Those interested in photography, for example, will love the night time photography workshops. Meanwhile, the Farmer’s Market each Saturday in the nearby town of Joshua Tree is a great place to find locally made goods and food.
5. The Beautiful Desert Hikes
Joshua Tree is home to countless hikes for hikers of all skill levels, and fall is the perfect time to check some out thanks to the lower temperatures. If you’re looking for a beginner friendly hike, check out Arch Rock Trail. As the name implies, this 1.4 mile hike showcases a natural arch in the desert landscape. If you’re up for more of a challenge, Lost Palms Oasis Trail is a 7.5 mile excursion that leads you to a hidden grove of palm trees.
6. Great Wildlife Viewing Opportunities
If you love animals, Joshia Tree National Park is a great place to see wildlife in its natural habitat. The park is home to over 50 species of mammals, including coyotes, antelope, and foxes. Early morning and dusk are often the best times to see animals. Visitors should take care to keep a safe distance from any wildlife and avoid feeding them.
7. A Wide Variety Of Places To Stay
Joshua Tree National Park is a great choice for visitors of all minds thanks to the variety of accomodations you can find. Whether you’re looking for a one of a kind rental such as those at AutoCamp Joshua Tree or a beautiful campground, there’s something in or near the park for everyone. For those looking to camp, fall is an especially great time to do so. Night time temperatures are still fairly warm.
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