There is a specific tree that grows in California. It is commonly called the Joshua tree. It is a rather unusual looking tree, with its leaves only covering the uppermost part of the tree; its branches looking eerily like limbs reaching out to the sky. Its leaves almost look like daggers. It is its very appearance that led biologists to name it after the Bible character, Joshua, who raised his hands up to the sky in prayer.
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Joshua trees thrive in desert-like conditions and are the main feature of the Joshua Tree National Park in California. Another amazing feature of the park is that it has two very distinct ecosystems, being located between the Mojave and Colorado deserts. This produces an astounding variety of wildlife. The park is incredibly family-friendly and is an ideal camping site for adventurous families.
Nine different campgrounds are usually occupied on weekend nights from October to May. Families also enjoy the park during holidays. Park rangers recommend going during the week for a better placement. Campsites are usually made on a first come, first served basis although the park accepts reservations during busier periods.
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Because of the hot and dry climate (which make the park visually stunning), it is imperative that campers bring plenty of water with them. Water is only available at very few locations around the edges of the park. Currently, there are only five.
It must also be noted that there are no hookups for any RVs in Joshua Tree. The park is truly meant to be experienced as is; families should prepare themselves for a spectacular view and intense heat.