Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Route 62--29 Palms Highway

This State Scenic Highway, which features high desert country scenery, leads to or from Joshua Tree National Park. Large "windmill farms," where wind power is used to generate electricity, can be seen along the way. Lying within the northern end of the Coachella Valley, this area is typical of the lower southern desert valleys of California.

Attractions - Route 62--29 Palms Highway features high desert country scenery while providing access to Joshua Tree National Park where backpackers can reach the 467,000-acre wilderness area amid a transition zone between the Mojave and Colorado Deserts. Vast differences in elevation occur ranging from 1,000 to 6,000 feet.

Two deserts, two large ecosystems primarily determined by elevation, come together in the Joshua Tree National Park. Few areas more vividly illustrate the contrast between "high" and "low" desert. Below 3,000 feet, the Colorado Desert, occupying the eastern half of the park, is dominated by the abundant creosote bush. The higher, slightly cooler, and wetter Mojave Desert is the special habitat of the undisciplined Joshua tree, extensive stands of which occur throughout the western half of the park.

Recreation - The Route 62--29 Palms Highway is known for it's scenic attractions.

Climate - The desert region experiences typically clear days with with low precipitation and humidity.
Temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average high / low of 85 and 50 degrees F respectively. Winter brings cooler days, around 60 degrees F, and freezing nights. It occasionally snows at the higher elevations. Summers are very hot, over 100 degrees F during the day and not cooling much below 75 degrees F until the early hours of the morning.

Directions

This desert route runs along U.S. Highway 62 from Palm Springs / Interstate10 to the San Bernardino County line near Morengo Valley.