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Activities

The endless hiking, camping, climbing and equestrian opportunities make the outdoors a way of life in Yucca Valley. With more than 320 days each year of sunny skies and clear nights, residents and visitors find plenty of time to enjoy nature walks, stargazing, and participating in a variety of special events in Yucca Valley and its neighboring communities.

Desert Christ Park

56200 Sunnyslope Drive
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

Desert Christ Park overlooks the high desert town of Yucca Valley in southern California. Here the visitor may find more than forty snow-white statues and images portraying scenes of Christ's life and teachings.

Dedicated on Easter Sunday 1951, this park was the vision of Eddie Garver, known at the time as the Desert Parson. Through a series of events, the Desert Parson was introduced to artist-sculptor Frank Antone Martin, the creator of these remarkable works of steel-reinforced concrete, and together they began a journey that would span time and test, and produce one of California's most iconic and historical parks. The park transcends denominational considerations and we welcome all to remember and celebrate not only the visionary and the artist, but most importantly, the life and teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Desert Christ Park is open, free of charge, during daylight hours each and every day of the year. It is operated and maintained by the Desert Christ Park Foundation, a non-profit organization, comprised of volunteers and governed through an elected Board. The Foundations mission is to preserve the vision of the Parson and the Sculptor through purposeful repair, improvement, and maintenance of the statues and grounds, ensuring this majestic expression of peace and hope remains a significant contribution to California's rich artistic history for generations to come.
Financial maintenance is through grants and donations. If you would like to financially support the Foundations efforts, you may send your donations to the Desert Christ Park Foundation, P.O. Box 2102, Yucca Valley, CA 92286. All donations are tax deductible.

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve

11055 East Drive

Morongo Valley , CA 92256

Nestled among the Little San Bernardino Mountains, the desert oasis at Big Morongo Canyon is one of the 10 largest cottonwood and willow riparian (stream) habitats in California. The upstream end of the canyon lies in the Mojave Desert, while its downstream portion opens into the Colorado Desert.

The Morongo fault running through the canyon causes water draining from the surrounding mountains to form Big Morongo Creek and the marsh habitat.

At 31,000 acres with elevations ranging from 600 feet on the canyon floor to 3000 feet at the top of the ridge, this diverse landscape has been an important part of the Morongo Basin's natural and cultural history for almost two billion years.

In 1982 the Bureau of Land Management designated BMCP as an Area of Critical Environment Concern in recognition of its special values.

The Preserve is managed by the Bureau of Land Management, including 147 acres that are managed under a cooperative agreement with San Bernardino County, to protect rare and endangered wildlife, enhance sensitive riparian zones, promote the growth and restoration of a wide variety of plants, and offer educational opportunities. There are numerous trails to walk and hike, including a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk through the marsh and riparian habitats.

Rhythms of Life Earthworks Sculpture by Andrew

Rogers

SR 247 and Aberdeen

World renown Australian sculpturist Andrew Rogers recently unveiled his first work in North America. The "Rythms of Life" earthworks can be seen near the intersection of Old Woman Springs Road (SR247) and Aberdeen just five miles north of Yucca Valley.

Gubler Orchids

The Gubler family has loved and grown orchids for 3 generations. Originally in Switzerland, Gubler Orchids was opened in 1918 by Heir Gubler. It was his second son, Hans, who moved to California to chase the American Dream and in 1954 started Gubler Orchids (US) selling the orchids literally from his station wagon. Now it is Hans' son, Chris, who continues the legacy, along with his sister, Heidi.

Come follow our journey through three generations of orchid growers, earning Gubler Orchids the reputation as one of the top quality orchid growers in the world.

2200 Belfield Boulevard, Landers, CA 92285

Hi-Desert Nature Museum

57116 29 Palms Highway 760-369-7212 museum@yuccavalley.org

The museum is open
Thur - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
and for special events

FREE ADMISSION!

We are located in the Yucca Valley Community Center Complex at 57116 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284.

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is a wonderful place for the whole family. It features collections and exhibits related to our unique natural and historical elements. Both children and adults benefit from the walks through history to learn about people and events that have shaped our area. Temporary exhibits showcase various artists and experts, and there are always local animals to visit in the mini-zoo. Children are invited to participate in ongoing hands-on activities, and to attend occasional classes in desert awareness. The Gift Shop offers many choices of attractive and educational gift ideas. Located in the Yucca Valley Community Center complex, the dynamic Hi-Desert Museum is someplace you'll want to return to many times. It is open at no charge to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Joshua Tree National Park

74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597

Visitor Information 760-367-5500
Education Programs 760-367-3011
Park Headquarters 760-367-5502
Special-use Permits 760-367-5545

Fax Us
760-367-6392

Joshua Tree National Park is immense, nearly 800,000 acres, and infinitely variable. It can seem unwelcoming, even brutal during the heat of summer when, in fact, it is delicate and extremely fragile. This is a land shaped by strong winds, sudden torrents of rain, and climatic extremes. Rainfall is sparse and unpredictable. Streambeds are usually dry and waterholes are few. Viewed in summer, this land may appear defeated and dead, but within this parched environment are intricate living systems waiting for the opportune moment to reproduce. The individuals, both plant and animal, that inhabit the park are not individualists. They depend on their entire ecosystem for survival.

Two deserts, two large ecosystems primarily determined by elevation, come together in the park. Few areas more vividly illustrate the contrast between “high” and “low” desert. Below 3,000 feet (910 m), the Colorado Desert (part of the Sonoran Desert), occupying the eastern half of the park, is dominated by the abundant creosote bush . Adding interest to this arid land are small stands of spidery ocotillo and cholla cactus.

The higher, slightly cooler, and wetter Mojave Desert is the special habitat of the undisciplined Joshua tree , extensive stands of which occur throughout the western half of the park. According to legend, Mormon pioneers considered the limbs of the Joshua trees to resemble the upstretched arms of Joshua leading them to the promised land. Others were not as visionary. Early explorer John Fremont described them as “…the most repulsive tree in the vegetable Kingdom.”

Standing like islands in a desolate sea, oases provide dramatic contrast to their arid surroundings. Five fan palm oases dot the park, indicating those few areas where water occurs naturally at or near the surface, meeting the special life requirements of those stately trees. Oases once serving earlier desert visitors now abound in wildlife.

The park encompasses some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California's deserts. Rugged mountains of twisted rock and exposed granite monoliths testify to the tremendous earth forces that shaped and formed this land. Arroyos, playas, alluvial fans, bajadas, pediments, desert varnish, granites, aplite, and gneiss interact to form a giant mosaic of immense beauty and complexity.

As old as the desert may look, it is but a temporary phenomenon in the incomprehensible time-scale of geology. In more verdant times, one of the Southwest's earliest inhabitants, members of the Pinto Culture , lived in the now dry Pinto Basin. Later, Indians traveled through this area in tune with harvests of pinyon nuts, mesquite beans, acorns, and cactus fruit, leaving behind rock paintings and pottery ollas as reminders of their passing.

In the late 1800s cattlemen came to the desert. They built dams to create water tanks. They were followed by miners who tunneled the earth in search of gold. They are gone now, but they left behind the Lost Horse and Desert Queen mines and the Keys Ranch. In the 1930s homesteaders came seeking free land and the chance to start new lives. Today many people come to the park's 794,000 acres of open space seeking clear skies and clean air, and the peace and tranquility, the quietude and beauty, only deserts offer.

The life force is patient here. Desert vegetation, often appearing to have succumbed to this hot sometimes unrelentedly dry environment, lies dormant, awaiting the rainfall and moderate weather that will trigger its growth, painting the park a profusion of colors. At the edges of daylight and under clear night skies lives a number of generally unfamiliar desert animals . Waiting out daytime heat, these creatures run, hop, crawl, and burrow in the slow rhythm of desert life. Under bright sun and blue sky, bighorn sheep and golden eagles add an air of unconcerned majesty to this land.

For all its harshness, the desert is a land of extreme fragility. Today's moment of carelessness may leave lasting scars or disrupt an intricate system of life that has existed for eons. When viewed from the roadside, the desert only hints at its hidden life. To the close observer, a tiny flower bud or a lizard's frantic dash reveals a place of beauty and vitality. Take your time as you travel through Joshua Tree National Park. The desert provides space for self-discovery, and can be a refuge for the human spirit.

 

 

 


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