Day Trip to Mojave Desert Preserve

Monday, October 19, 2020

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Visiting Mojave Desert Preserve

Hi Fashionistas,

Part three of our road trip in one day is the Mojave Desert Preserve. This is a hidden gem located about 3 1/2 hour drive from Los Angeles. The entrance is free and you can spend an entire day in this park, hiking, photographing nature, or catching the sunset.


We drove almost four hours from the Trona Pinnacles to the Mojave Desert Preserve. Our goal was to see the Joshua trees and catch the sunset at the Kelso Dunes. So it was a run against the time. We made a quick stop at McDonald's to get something in our bellies and went straight back to the road. 

We made it to the Mojave Desert Preserve just on time to visit the Joshua Trees. We have visited Joshua National Park before to admire the Joshua trees but the density of trees in the Mojave Desert Preserve is crazy. The Mojave Desert Preserve has the highest density of Joshua Tree. Unfortunately, a good chunk of the trees has been burned but there are still areas where the trees flourish. 

If you are looking for a free alternative to see Joshua Trees, you should visit the Mojave Desert Preserve. It is a less-known park, and therefore less crowded. We visited on a Monday and almost no one was at the park. 

After hiking for a bit and photographing the scenery, we jumped back into our car and made our way to the Kelso Dunes to see the sunset. I will cover our hike to the dunes in my next post!

Thanks for stopping by!

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