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Families will love:

  • Rock formations for climbing
  • Scenic hikes
  • Showstopping trees and cacti

For kids entranced by Dr. Seuss' wild and wacky scenery, a Joshua Tree National Park family vacation might seem to be a real-life version thanks to the trees the park is named after (which bloom between February and April). For kids who adore the outdoors, Joshua Tree has lots to like - over 100 miles of hiking trails, a 60-foot seasonal waterfall at Cottonwood Spring, and ... more
For kids entranced by Dr. Seuss' wild and wacky scenery, a Joshua Tree National Park family vacation might seem to be a real-life version thanks to the trees the park is named after (which bloom between February and April). For kids who adore the outdoors, Joshua Tree has lots to like - over 100 miles of hiking trails, a 60-foot seasonal waterfall at Cottonwood Spring, and even a palm tree oasis. The ruins of some gold mines can also be seen. In spring and early fall, look for desert tortoises crawling through the desert, too.

When kids tire of rock climbing, there are a few quirky museums to explore (and even a drive-in movie theater), but a trip to Joshua Tree National Park is mostly about getting outside and enjoying the strange, wild beauty of this unique desert space.

Joshua Tree National Park family vacations can easily be combined with a visit to Palm Springs, which is less than an hour away.

Written by Liane Starr less

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