I would appreciate advice. I am going to Las Vegas to attend a wedding on 28 May then on 1 June I am joining some friends for a trip to the Utah/Arizona wilderness area, we shall visit areas such as White Pocket, Wahweap Hoodoos, Antelope Canyon and South Coyote Buttes. So I have three nights nearly 4 days to visit another area, Joshua Tree National Park is currently top of my list. I appreciate that it is a five hour drive but I have visited most of the parks closer to Vegas on more than one occasion already. So to my questions:
1 Is it worth going, how do you rate it as a National Park.
It's not Death Valley, but it is pretty. It has some lovely rock formations that are fun to shoot. I find Joshua trees rather boring.
2 What will the weather be like, my fear is that it will be very hot.
Not that bad. I'd expect maybe 30C. This should be available on the NPS site for Joshua Tree.
3 What are the best areas to see given that I will have just two full days available plus an extra sunset and an extra morning shoot.
It's pretty spread out. The area near the campground has the most interesting geography.
4 What accommodation would you recommend, my preference would be to stay for three nights in one location, reasonable cost $100 to $140 per night.
The campground. : ) Seriously. It's beautiful. And heavily-used. Closest motels would be in Twentynine Palms. (not an interesting town) or the Coachella Valley.
5 Can you recommend a good quality photographic guide to the area.
Thanks in advance for your help.