Desert Center in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Barren or Bountiful
Joshua Tree National Park
It seems to me that the strangest and wonder of existence are emphasized here, in the desert, by the comparative sparcity of the flora and fauna: life not crowded upon life…with a generous gift of space for each herb and bush and tree, each stem of grass, and vivid against the lifeless sand and barren rock
Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire, 1968.
Look around you. Perhaps you see a stark land that nature never quite got around to finishing. Or you may see potential mineral wealth, defense testing grounds, alternative energy sources, or a vast recreational playground. Or maybe you see the desert for what it is—a diverse, thriving ecosystem.
Erected by National Park Service United States Department of the Interior.
Location. 33° 42.692′ N, 115° 48.352′ W. Marker is in Desert Center, California, in Riverside County. Marker is on Cottonwood Springs Road. Touch for map. The marker is located in Joshua Tree National Park on the road between I-10 Cottonwood Entrance and the Cottonwood Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Desert Center CA 92239, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Where Are The Joshua Trees? (approx. Young Divisional Camp (approx. 3.4 miles away); Desert Training Center (approx. 5.9 miles away); a different marker also named The Desert Training Center (approx. 5.9 miles away); a different marker also named Desert Training Center (approx. 5.9 miles away); California-Arizona Maneuver Area (approx. 5.9 miles away); Coachella Valley Recipients (approx. 5.9 miles away); 33-barreled Organs (approx. 6 miles away).
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