|A catch basin in Joshua Tree National Park|
We were so surprised to see this beautiful place when we were walking in to see Barker Dam. The dam was originally built years ago by ranchers in the area so they could take advantage of the water from this catch basin. Eventually they would move on as there just is not enough rainfall in the area to feed their livestock but it is still a great water supply for all the animals that do live in the desert.
|Blooms on the Chuparoasa bush add bright red to the desert colors|
My favorite time is when the desert blossoms are there but that may mean more than one visit. The Mojave Desert is higher elevation and can be chilly with later blooms but the
Colorado Desert warms up sooner, being a lower elevation
so this can mean some weeks between visits for blossoms.
To learn more about viewing the blooms of the desert, check this webpage for the current schedule.
If you wish to see more of other visits of ours to the
in the past
or to learn more about the park, click here where I posted an earlier page. Joshua Tree