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JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

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PARK FACTS

Location: California

Size: 1,242 sq mi (15th)

About the size of: Rhode Island, Samoa

Date Established: October 31, 1994 (53rd)

Annual Visitation (2018): 2,942,382 (11th)

Features: desert landscapes, Joshua Trees, mountains, maze-like clusters of boulders

Common activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Scrambling/Rock-Climbing, Backpacking

Joshua Tree National Park in California protects parts of the Mojave Desert, home to dense Joshua Tree forests amid a wonderland of rocks. Resembling a kooky yet nightmarish Dr. Seuss invention, the Joshua Tree was named by Mormon settlers who likened the yucca to the Biblical Joshua with outstretched arms.

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