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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. Declared a U.S. National Park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act (Public Law 103-433), it had previously been a U.S. National Monument since 1936. It is named for the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the park. It covers a land area of 790,636 acres (1,235.37 sq mi; 3,199.59 km2)[1] an area slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island. A large part of the park, some 429,690 acres (173,890 ha), is a designated wilderness area. Straddling the San Bernardino County/Riverside County border, the park includes parts of two deserts, each an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation: the higher Mojave Desert and lower Colorado Desert. The Little San Bernardino Mountains run through the southwest edge of the park.
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Joshua Tree Forest
Joshua Tree "Forest"
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Mt. San Gorgonio
Mt. San Gorgonio
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Cholla Cactus Garden
Cholla Cactus Garden
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Clearing Storm
Clearing Storm
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Afternoon Sun
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Live Oak
Live Oak
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The lonely Pinyon Pine
The lonely Pinyon Pine
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Barren landscape, full of life!
Barren landscape, full of life!
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