Located about 12 miles from the Joshua Tree National Park’s main entrance is your first stop - Cholla Cactus Garden. These cacti are unique to the park’s Colorado Desert side, and are characterised by their fuzzy structure.
Barker Dam is located just two miles from Hidden Valley. There is a popular 1.1 mile loop trail (which is a crowd puller), and it takes you to an old reservoir and dam. The view of a small lake amidst the rocks makes for a stunning capture.
These are some of the most popular landmarks inside of the park, and does get quite crowded and busy in the peak tourist season as everyone tries to take pictures, climb or go on hikes at the rocks
Joshua Tree is classified as a Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association, and inside the park you can soak in those starry skies over the rock formations, by roadside and even from your accommodation (especially when you stay in a campground, or go glamping).
Finally end the one day Joshua Tree itinerary with sunset views at the Keys View. Situated at 5185 feet in elevation, Keys View showcases mesmerising panoramic views of the Coachella Valley, Palm Springs, San Andreas Fault, and all the way to Signal Mountain in Mexico.
Hidden Valley is one of the popular areas of the park, which gives you a great insight into the park’s stunning landscape.