Spring Break Super Bloom
After a very wet winter, my family and I were recently determined to find some sun. We headed to Joshua Tree and the deserts of Southern California, which recently exploded in a “Super Bloom” of wildflower blossoms.
The bloom is so super you can apparently see it from space. We just wanted to see it from our camper van.
Camping in Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree National Park has nine campgrounds that are mostly first-come, first-served. However two of the campgrounds, Black Rock and Indian Cove, accept reservations from October through May.
We were able to get a reservation at Indian Cove by reserving in January. We found it to be a lovely campground with plenty of climbing rocks to entertain the kids. The only down side to Indian Cove is that it isn’t in the main park. To access most of the hikes and sites of interest, you’ll need to get in your camper van. In our case, we were traveling in the Grand Ronde.
The plus side of having a camper van is you always take ‘home base’ with you. We spent the late morning hiking, then enjoyed lunch in the parking lot from the comfort of our van. Similarly at the end of the day, we parked at one of the many amazing vantage points. Sitting in our camp chairs we watched the sun set over the mystic Joshua trees in the distance. Pure magic.
Hiking in Joshua Tree
We had two favorite family hikes. Neither was too far or too strenuous but both were stunning.
Barker Dam Loop Trail: We were lucky to see Barker Dam full of water and surrounded by bloom. But even if the lake were dry, I’d recommend this hike.
Hidden Valley Trail: This secret valley enclosed by towering rock formation was once used to hide stolen cattle. The trail itself is only a mile long. But we probably spent two-hours exploring all the nooks and crannies of this valley. The iconic scenery and stunning display of dessert flowers mesmerized us.