Weekend adventurer: Joshua Tree National Park

Weekend adventurer: Joshua Tree National Park

Whether you’ve wondered about Joshua Tree since the days of U2’s famous album, or are a newbie outdoor adventurer, head a mere 2.5-3 hours outside of San Diego and discover one of the most unique national parks in the area.

Straddling the Mojave and Colorado deserts, Joshua Tree National Park encompasses more than 792,000 acres and ranges in elevation from 536 to 5,814 feet. A magical and mystical landscape of Dr. Seuss-like trees, massive rock formations, and wide expanses as far as the eye can see, it is a wonderland like no other.

A must-visit for any outdoor lover and families with kids, the park does require a bit of...