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Geology of National Parks, 3D and Photographic Tours

Joshua Tree National Park

A 3D Photographic Tour Featuring Park Geology

Start a 3D image tour by clicking here. See tour in standard photo images See images in a thumbnail image gallery Return to the Geology of National Parks main page

Click here to start a tour of Joshua Tree National Park.

Tours of the Coachella Valley Preserve and Painted Canyon Geologic Area are also included in this site. They lie along the San Andreas Fault system and display many features illustrating the geology and natural history of southern California.

Map of Joshua Tree National Park region

Map of Joshua Tree National Park. Click on the "Next Image" (below) to continue on the image tour, or click on any of the small green dots on the map above to go directly to selected images.

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In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt set aside 825,000 acres of California desert as Joshua Tree National Monument. The park was later reduced to 560,000 acres. However, Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act of 1994 that expanded the park to 794,000 acres and raised its level of protection to National Park status.

See selected references for Joshua Tree National Park and vicinity.

Click here to see USGS geology tours of other National Parks.

The National Park Service's website for Joshua Tree National Park



3D glasses

This website contains images produced from stereo photo pairs that were manipulated into anaglyphs (3-D images). You will need red-and-cyan stereo viewing glasses to get the 3-D visual effects. Photography on this website was taken by Phil Stoffer in winter 2003-2004.

Park Boulevard Quail Springs Keyes View Hemingway Parking Area Lost Horse Valley Ryan Mountain Coachella Valley Preserve Wonderland of Rocks Cholla Cactus Garden Ocotillo Patch Cottonwood Spring South Entrance Painted Canyon -Mecca Hills Lost Palms Oasis

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