Joshua Tree is home to Joshua Tree National Park — an 800,000-acre wilderness preserve that offers visitors some of the best rock climbing in the world. The city itself encompasses 96 square miles. It is believed the city was named by Mormon pioneers who thought the trees looked like the biblical figure Joshua praying and waving to the heavens. Because the tree does not have growth rings, is difficult to age. Biologists say the trees, which are protected by law, are 500 to 900 years old.
The Joshua Tree Park and Recreation Community Center offers playgrounds, tennis courts, handball courts, a skateboarding park and picnic facilities. The center supports the Joshua Tree Kids Club, an educational and recreational program for children before and after school. The area also has multiple community associations, clubs and a public library.
According to the 2010 Census, 7,414 people reside in the city, with a 67.3 percent homeownership rate.
This desert city is located in the southern Mojave Desert, in the Morongo Basin area of San Bernardino County. Known for its beautiful mountain vistas, wide-open spaces and world-class murals, Twentynine Palms is home to the Marine Corps base. Developed as a homesteading community in the 1920s, Twentynine Palms was incorporated into San Bernardino County on Nov. 23, 1987.
Twentynine Palms Park and Recreation Department operates and maintains many facilities, including parks, playgrounds and a pool.
The department also provides many services and activities for the community’s youth and adults, including various sport programs, concerts and movies in Luckie Park.
According to the 2010 Census, Twentynine Palms has a population of 25,048, with a 38.7 percent homeownership rate. The average commute to work was just more than 14 minutes — almost half the average commute of other Californians.
Located at 3,330 feet above sea level, Yucca Valley is a desert town that occasionally entertains snow. While it was originally occupied by Chemuevi and Serrano Indians, Yucca Valley eventually became a homestead for pioneers.
Surrounded by a wealth of mineral and gold mines, the area that is now Yucca Valley attracted 19th-century prospectors, miners, cattle ranchers and homesteaders. The town was incorporated on Nov. 27, 1991, and since then has experienced significant growth and development.
Yucca Valley residents can enjoy the various museums, parks and restaurants in the area, like the High Desert Nature Museum. The Recreation Division provides residents with the opportunity to engage in a number of activities and events — including sports, arts and crafts classes, dance instruction and more.
According to the 2010 Census, 20,700 people reside in the community, with a 67 percent homeownership rate.
Cities of San Bernardino County