|After breakfast, walk less than 0.5 miles on the trail from the 29 Palms Inn to the Oasis Visitor Center.|
CLASS: Introduction to Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park encompasses parts of both the Mojave Desert and the Colorado, which is a subdivision of the larger Sonoran Desert. The division between the two is not a fine line, but rather a broad transition zone. The Mojave Desert, lying above 3,000 feet in elevation, occupies a slightly cooler climate filled with strange rock formations and thousands of Joshua trees. The Sonoran Desert is characterized by lower elevations, hotter temperatures, less rainfall, wide-open spaces and fascinating plants such as cholla, ocotillo and smoke trees.
At the Oasis Visitor Center, visit the natural and human history exhibits in the museum and the labeled plants in the desert gardens.
CLASS: Geology: Creation of the Joshua Tree Landscape
Learn about the powerful forces that sculpted Joshua Tree over millions of years, creating one of the most surreal landscapes in North America.