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Desert Dream Trip

Located in the high desert of southeast California, Joshua Tree National Park is stunning in winter. The cooler weather creates crisp scenery, and brilliant light casts across a landscape both whimsical and mystical. Here are our top recommendations on exploring this dreamy desertscape in two days.

Week 01.23.2020
Regions Northern & Southern CA

The Ryan King

Hike Ryan Mountain in Joshua Tree National Park

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At 5,456 feet, the summit of Ryan Mountain has the best view in the park. Its brilliant panoramic expanse, spanning desert to mountains, and—bonus—late afternoons can feature a sky tinged with lavender thanks to the low-sitting sun.
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Trio of Trails

Hike a classic circuit of short trails in Joshua Tree National Park

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Get into Joshua Tree National Park Park early and hit the classic circuit of short trails before the crowds arrive. We also have some food and overnight recos.
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Split Decision

Hike Split Rock Trail at Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree is famous for its namesake trees but it's also got some big-ass boulders! We're talking size-of-a-building boulders. See them on an off-the-beaten-path hike along the Split Rock Trail.
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