Desert Center in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Where Are The Joshua Trees?
Joshua Tree National Park
Since it encompasses two deserts within its boundaries, Joshua Tree National Park is ecologically diverse. The higher, cooler Mojave Desert occupies the northwestern portion. To the southeast lies the Colorado Desert, sub district of the lower warmer Sonoran Desert, which stretches through southern Arizona and into Mexico. Although a few stands occur in the Great Basin deserts, the Joshua tree mainly grows between 3,000 and 6,700 feet in the Mojave Desert. Some the finest stands of Joshua trees are found in Joshua Tree National Park where the Mojave Desert reaches its southernmost point. The Mojave yucca is found in both Mojave and Colorado deserts.
It is believed that the Joshua tree originated in Mexico (a relative, the Yucca filifera, the largest yucca found grows in the southern Chihauhuan Desert of Mexico). Ancestors of today’s Joshua trees probably spread north around six million years ago and adapted to colder weather. In fact, Joshua trees, unlike Mojave yuccas, may need a few frosty nights in order to bloom
Erected by National Park Service United States Department of the Interior.
Location. 33° 44.91′ N, 115° 49.439′ W. Marker is in Desert Center, California, in Riverside County. Marker can be reached from Pinto Basin Road. Touch for map. The marker is on the grounds of 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 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Barren or Bountiful (approx. 2.8 miles away); Young Divisional Camp (approx. 6.2 miles away); Desert Training Center (approx. 8.4 miles away); California-Arizona Maneuver Area (approx. 8.4 miles away); a different marker also named The Desert Training Center (approx. 8.4 miles away); a different marker also named Desert Training Center (approx. 8.4 miles away); Coachella Valley Recipients (approx. 8.4 miles away); Cannons (approx. 8.4 miles away).
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