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The Pinto Basin

Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
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This is the other desert in Joshua Tree National Park. The Park spans the Mohave to the north and... read more

Reviewed 14 December 2016
OziDiver
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Long Valley, New Jersey
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Scenic Pinto Valley - History, Views, and Hiking, Joshua Tree National Park

We enjoyed the vista views of The Pinto Basin. There is hikes one can take in this area. There... read more

Reviewed 30 September 2016
mini
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Fremont, California
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The Mojave and Sonora deserts come together in this basin, with characteristics of both deserts represented.
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Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

This is the other desert in Joshua Tree National Park. The Park spans the Mohave to the north and the Sonoran here in the south, or the Pinto Basin. Each landscape is different. There are very few Joshua Trees here, but lots of Cholla cactus...More

Thank OziDiver
Reviewed 30 September 2016

We enjoyed the vista views of The Pinto Basin. There is hikes one can take in this area. There is also an information sign about the Pinto people. They were early inhabitants 4000 or more years ago. They were large game hunters and seasonal plant...More

Thank mini
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

This was the last leg of our National Parks tour and was a whistle stop tour of the national park. We entered through Twenty Nine palms and drove down Park Bvld to see Keys View (but it was closed) and then turned around as planned...More

Thank Milnthorp
Reviewed 18 February 2016

We stop because there were no other human around and we wanted to walk. We stayed, at least one hour. We learned about the people that lived over there and why they left the place. Perfect place to see animals or, at least footprints and...More

Thank Diego R
Reviewed 24 April 2015

Good paved road, the Cholla Gardens and Ocotillo patch are on this route.There are small Chollas in bloom.

Thank Barb C
Reviewed 10 February 2015

What a view on the road to Cottonwood descending through Wilson Canyon! The expanse of desert between mountain ranges is a wonderful sight. Leaving Joshua Tree through Cottonwood Visitors' Centre is only 27 miles from Indio.

Thank Rascaloidus
Reviewed 6 January 2015

We entered Joshua Tree in Yucca Valley and exited on Pinto Canyon Rd. Very good choice --- pleasant 1/2 hr desert drive / road in very good condition / very relaxing drive, with Cactus Garden offering a good spot to stretch your legs. Recommend!

Thank rollngstone
Reviewed 7 December 2014

The Pinto Basin was boring compared to the West end of the park. The flora and formations are few and far between, but if you keep an open mind, it contains it's own beauty. It's here in the basin, that one appears to drive out...More

4  Thank Michelle G
Reviewed 22 October 2014

I drove through, stopped a few places but pretty barren, worth a look but I would turn around after a while.

Thank OntarioCanuck1
Reviewed 6 June 2014

Joshua Tree NP straddles two different desert environments, the higher, cooler, wetter Mojave Desert and the lower, hotter, drier Colorado Desert, a subdivision of the Sonoran Desert; the large Pinto Basin is the Colorado Desert portion of the National Park. The Joshua Trees and boulder...More

7  Thank Steve1362
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