Joshua Tree National Park, located in southeastern California features the junction of two deserts, the Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert. The famous Joshua Trees inhabit the Mojave portion of the park. Joshua Trees are unusual looking trees that grow only in the Mojave Desert. They can live hundreds of years and take a long time to reach full height (40 feet high). The trees were named by Mormons crossing the desert in the 1800’s. They reminded them of Joshua reaching his hands to the sky.
American National Parks
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