AFalconGuide to Joshua Tree National Park will cover the fascinating geology and natural history of this desert park, focusing on exploring the desert by foot. As a world-class climbing destination, rock climbing will not be overlooked, nor will the abundance of wildflowers, a major park attraction.
From the Back Cover
“FalconGuides point the compass to the best spots to play, climb, hike, fish, and be.” ―CNN.com
For more than twenty-five years, FalconGuide® has set the standard for outdoor recreation guidebooks. Written by top outdoors experts and enthusiasts, each guide invites you to experience the endless adventure and rugged beauty of the great outdoors.
From the hot Sonoran Desert in the east to the cooler Mojave Desert in the west, Joshua Tree National Park offers diverse landscapes, picturesque rock formations, and exciting opportunities for adventure. Explore ruins of a mining mill at Wonderland Ranch, discover panoramic views from Ryan Mountain, and hike or bike among some of the largest Joshua trees in the park at Upper Covington Flat. Explore! Joshua Tree National Park shows you all the best outdoor activities in the park.
Look inside to find:
a fold-out color map of the park, complete with trails
where to camp, hike, bike, and drive
trail descriptions and accurate directions
local hazards and safety precautions
About the Author
The author has a serious problem- he doesn't know what he wants to do when he grows up. Meanwhile, he's done such things as wildland fire fighting, running a mountain shop, flying airplanes, shooting photos, and writing books. He's a backcountry skier, climber, figure skater, mountain biker, amateur radio operator, river runner, and sea kayaker- but the thing that really floats his boat is hiking and backpacking. No matter what else he tries, the author always come back to hiking- especially long, rough, cross-country trips in places like the Grand Canyon. Some people never learn. But what little he has learned, he's willing share with you- via his books, of course, but also via his websites, blogs, and whatever works.
Most helpful customer reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
"Explore Joshua Tree"
By L. Schwartz
This is a great book. It doesn't have colored pictures, but does have maps and descriptions of trails for hiking, scenic drives, bicycling,rock climbing, and camping and picnic areas. It includes a history of the park, and information on safety and on animals and plants found in Joshua Tree. I'm totally happy with it!
I forgot to say: "Explore Joshua Tree National Park" does have pictures, they're just not in color, but they're quite nice!! The descriptions of hikes and different hiking areas and how to access them are quite good.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
Pretty good -
By Luis Maimoni
This book covers all the basics of Joshua Tree. I found the writing more engaging than the writing in James Kaiser's book (Joshua Tree, the Complete Guide) but the Kaiser book is packed with color photographs and has an excellent reference section on Joshua Tree wildflowers. On the other hand, this book has much more detailed info on various hikes, and a brief writeup on the incredible stargazing you can do out there away from civilization.
The maps could have been done better and been made more easily referenced from the text, but that's true of both books.
0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
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The book is full of usefully information, much what I was looking for. Not the books fault but I wasn't aware the pages on this used book would be filled with notes by the previous owner. I guess I should have asked prior to purchase.