Joshua Tree Information – Joshua Tree Growing Tips And Care

The first thing you will notice when visiting Joshua Tree National Park is its name. It’s not just any old desert; it’s called “JT” for short because the park was originally named after Joseph T. Robinson, a man who came here in 1885 to explore the area with his brother Charles (who later became famous as a writer). They were looking for gold. You might think that they would’ve found some of it there, but no such luck.

After Robinson died in 1904, his widow Helen bought out her husband’s estate and turned it into a national park. She named the place after herself: Joshua Tree National Park. Since then, visitors have come here to see the rock formations and other natural wonders that make up JT.

As for the park itself, it consists of four distinct areas: Old Spanish Trail, North Rim, South Rim and East Side. Each one is home to different types of plants and animals. Some are easy to get to while others require a little planning or even climbing over fences.


People have been visiting the JT area for millennia, though not always willingly. Native tribes were in the area at least 9,000 years ago. Then, in the 1700s, Spanish explorers came into the area. They called it El Desierto de los Leones, or “the Desert of the Lions,” because they thought they saw mountain lions on the rocks.

In the 1800s, American settlers started coming to the area in large numbers, taking advantage of the seemingly endless natural resources they found. They cut down trees for lumber, mined for gold and silver, and hunted local wildlife for food. All this caught the attention of conservationists who urged President Theodore Roosevelt to protect the area as a National Forest in 1904. It wasn’t until 1994 that it became a National Park.

Today, more than a million people visit JT every year. Even if that number doubles, it’ll still be one of the least-visited National Parks.


The climate in JT is pretty mild considering its elevation: above 5,000 feet most of the year. That’s because it’s smack in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Summers are long and quite hot, with an average high temperature of about 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius). Bring water!

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