Joshua Tree National Park is named for a species of tree that grows there, but it is more commonly recognized for the landscape of boulders and rock formations that make it a rock climber’s paradise. It is equally a paradise for kids who love to climb, explore, and discover up close with all the senses. And for photographers, it provides a variety of subject matter from cacti to landscapes to star-filled night skies. This desert park is actually comprised of two deserts – the lower Sonoran Desert, and the Mojave Desert (above 3,000 feet), where the Joshua Trees and boulders are most plentiful. As the southwestern-most National Park in the continental US, it is off the beaten Park path, but close enough to Los Angeles and San Diego, and worth the extra day or two to discover this natural gem of southern California.