JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
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.