Tour Locations | Joshua Tree National Park Audio Driving Tour
LOCATION 4 | Joshua Tree National Park Audio Driving Tour
The Joshua Trees
As you drive deeper into the heart of Joshua Tree National Park, you can't help but notice the Joshua Trees that are becoming more obvious in the landscape. This plant is a vestige of the last ice age, which ended about 12,000 years ago. These plants are like a tank when it comes to their resilience to the elements. They can go without water for 2 years, and can handle temperatures in excess of 110 degrees Fahrenheit as well as frigid winters that frost them with a layer of ice and snow.
They aren't actually trees, as the name suggests. They are related to grass; grass that has survived brutal conditions and evolved into the form you see today. The scientific name for them is the Yucca brevifolia.
Carry on driving along the road.