Joshua Tree National Park
There is a lot of talk about Joshua Tree National Park amongst the LA population. They seem to thoroughly enjoy the park and I can see why.
First off, it’s really close mileage-wise to the LA area. That helps to bring out droves of people on the weekends, so if you want to avoid all these folks head there Monday through Thursday.
Secondly it is a unique landscape that you can’t see everywhere. Obviously the Joshua Trees are quite unique and magical in their own right but the rock formations are also glorious. Many of the rock formations remind me of Valley of Fire State Park. Both areas are barren desert within a valley of mountains, only the mountains surrounding J Tree are much further away.
I did not experience the campgrounds in the actual park because the Bureau of Land Management has a free dispersed camping area just a few miles outside of the park gates.
This camping has no hookups (no power, no water, no sewer, no toilets), it is just a big wide open dry lake bed. The loss of these amenities does not deter Dee from venturing forth. With the solar panel I was able to use my computer and charge my phone.
The dry lake bed was completely open and treeless yet no one camped within about 2 miles so it still felt pretty private. BLM free camping makes me feel like this trip is a success. FREE!!