The Edge of the Park…

Joshua Tree National Park topographical map

Joshua Tree National Park topographical map

I’ve been here a week now, meeting a variety of amazing people in this otherworldly landscape so I’ve been trying to work out some context for a project I can complete in 6 weeks. There’s the cowboys of Johnson Valley, the 1940’s movie set of Pioneertown, the artists and desert rats of Wonder Valley and then the National Park itself and I’m sure I’ve only scratched the surface. One thing I’m going to look at is the boundary of the park, what’s in and what’s out. Everyone I’ve met is passionate about the high desert and its sustanability but different groups seem to butt heads on the best approach to this. So perhaps looking at where a line is drawn will throw up another perspective. The first couple of boundary points I’ve been to are close to main entrances and show obvious signs of camping, people perhaps wanting to be close to the park without engaging with the official agency.

Campsit tree near south entrance

Campsit tree near south entrance

The Cholla Garden, a science fiction landscape inside the park

The Cholla Garden, a science fiction landscape inside the park

Lone RV hook up near west entrance

Lone RV hook up near west entrance

Abandoned cabin near west entrance

Abandoned cabin near west entrance

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