|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – May 2000
California: Journey through a desert to bear witness to some of the loveliest wildflowers you'll ever see.
Getting There: From Twentynine Palms on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, drive 10 miles west on CA 62, and go south at the signed entrance to the Indian Cove campground and trailhead.
Prime Time: March, but be prepared to experience the desert's wonders anytime from late February through early April.
Guides: Hiking California's Desert Parks, by Bill Cunningham and Polly Burke (Falcon Publishing, 800-582-2665; $16.95).
Contact: Theodore Payne Foundation, southwest desert-wide flower hotline, (818) 768-3533. Joshua Tree National Park, (760) 367-5500; www.nps.gov/jotr.