(Informal) Trip Report: Joshua Tree National Park

I’m almost ashamed to admit it, but until this past weekend I had never actually been to a National Park. I have traveled all around the country, visited countless state parks, national forests, and national seashores – but I had somehow never actually stepped foot onto a National Park. In fact, I don’t think I’ve even come close.

Fortunately, that all changed on Saturday. Rob and I visited Joshua Tree National Park and it was astoundingly easy to see why it’s a National Park. It was like nothing else and I suppose that is the most obvious criteria of a National Park. It should make even the most well traveled of visitors stop and breathlessly wonder how they never came across this view before.


We only had a few hours to explore the massive and hugely diverse terrain. But it was just enough time for Rob and I to take in countless sights, climb a few boulders, and wonder when we can visit the 57 other National Parks.

For someone who is normally very wordy and prone to rambling, Joshua Tree left me pretty speechless. I so badly want to tell you all about everything I saw, but where would I start? Instead, I’m going to let a few pictures attempt to do the talking for me. Enjoy.


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When can we go back?

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About Jillian Bejtlich

Hey! I'm Jillian Bejtlich. I’m a lifelong New Englander with a serious love of the outdoors, adventure, and a pretty serious inability to sit still. I’m plagued by the travel bug, and it seems I’ll try any relatively sane and safe thing once. My big goal in life: Get people outside!