Joshua Tree National Park was proclaimed a National Monument August 10, 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and redesignated a National Park October 31, 1994. It was sesignated a Biosphere Reserve 1984.
Mrs. Minerva Hamilton Hoyt, a wealthy California society matron, enjoyed visiting the area that today comprises Joshua Tree National Park. Expanded automobile traffic found its way to the area. Weekend Californians came to the desert to enjoy the clean, clear air, but also to confiscate various species of catcus for their home landscaping. When Mrs. Hoyt saw the devestation left by these weekend visitors, she persuaded President Franklin D. Roosevelt to protect this area by proclaiming it a national monument.
Joshua Tree National Park is opened year round. The peak visitation month is April. Each season adds its personality to the desert's character. Two deserts come together at Joshua Tree National Park. The Colorado Desert, occupying the eastern half of the park, is dominated by the abundant creosote bush. The higher, slightly cooler and wetter Mojave Desert is the special habitat of the Joshua tree, extensive stands of which occur throughout the western half of the park.
Joshua Tree is just a 30-minute drive from Palm Springs, the exclusive winter getaway resort for movie stars and wealthy socialites. This luxury resort city with its classy restaurants, designer shops and beautiful golf courses is a sharp contrast from the austere beauty of Joshua Tree Park. While visiting the Joshua Tree National Park we suggest you come visit Palm Springs and check out some of the modern real estate available there. And Ralph Haverkate is your Palm Springs Modern Real Estate Specialist.