Josuah Tree Nat'l Park
February 27, 2011
Photos On The Road > Josuah Tree Nat'l Park
We took a day to see Joshua Tree National Park above Palm Springs. It was a wonderfully sunny and clear day if a bit chilly. The Barker Dam hike was awesome. Check out the park map here.
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The view out the Palm Desert hotel window


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Another hotel window pic with the wind turbines in the distance


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Windmills


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Rockpiles typical in Joshua Tree Nat'l Park


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Josuha Trees everywhere. The density of them in this part of the park is amazing.


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Unlike other smooth rocks in the desert, the Joshua Tree seem more like piles of rocks as they've split so much over time.


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Hard to see, but the mountain between the Joshua Trees has snow on it


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Moving right and zooming in a little shows the snow better


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Deb taking a picture of Gary taking pictures


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Nice picnic spot at Hidden Valley


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More Hidden Valley


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Liked the Joshua Tree and dark shadow in this one


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An older Joshua Tree in front of a rockpile


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Barker Dam rock 'n tree


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Barker Dam, dead or resting....


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My wife Deb on the Barker Dam trail


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This tree draping over the trail was so cool, of course, so were we, a bit nippy this morning


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Loved the weathering on this rounded rock. All of them were very rough to the touch.


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Barker Dam, Gary near rocky shadows


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This outcrop was casting a dark and cold shadow. I stood at the shadow apex to get the sun resting on the rock picture.


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Beaver tail cactus


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Another wintering tree. It was quite a contrast to the rest of the plants with its size and position in the landscape.


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Barker Dam Lake, the dam itself is in the far left of the frame. It had rained the day before so there was some water. I have seen other pictures with the lake full up.


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Barker Dam sandy beach, makes it easier to water your cattle here


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Side shot of Baker Dam Lake. You can see where the water line was much higher on the rocks in the recent past.


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Center of Barker Dam Lake


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Gary next to a younger Joshua Tree singleton


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Above Barker Dam proper


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Panorama below Barker Dam. See the dam on the right where the people are approaching.


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Below Barker Dam proper.


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A mature Joshua Tree on the way trail back.


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Panorama from Keys View at 5,185 feet. It was clear enough on this day to see Mexico 90 miles away. The San Jacinto peak was very visible and had more snow on it than I have seen at any other visit to Palm Springs


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Looking South from Keys View.


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Keys View


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Keys View


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Keys View


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Keys View


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Looking west from Keys View


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Cap Rock


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Cap Rock too, about the same size as the automobile