I honestly can't think of the words to describe Joshua Tree. While there it reminded me of a scene out of the Flintstones. You drive around the park and every once in awhile there will be an accumulation of large, oddly shaped rock formations and scatterings of cacti. In a sense, the mountains look like little towns and villages. If you've ever visited Drumheller Alberta, the hoodoos are a good comparison, but then again, not really. Sorry. I tried.
Joshua Tree is also a photographers dream. My family is well aware of my obsession with taking photos. They've accepted my tendency to drift away from the group whenever we travel together. I am often found taking photos of random doors, plants, buildings, inanimate objects, you name it. Then, after wondering around in my own world, I usually realize the group has moved on and i'm left to chase after them. So, you could say they were well aware my camera would be out in full force during our visit.
The park itself was much larger than I (and my entire family) had anticipated, as we were only able to see about an eighth of it. Essentially, you drive around and stop whenever you want to take in the sites. When you arrive at the visitors centre they'll give you a guide book and you can pick and choose which route you want to take. We started with the small loop and, like I said, didn't even finish before dusk. So if I were you, i'd plan at least a half day to visit if you want to see the whole thing.
During this time of year the sun sets around 4:30 pm, so it wasn't long after we arrived that golden hour hit. After running around exploring, Chris and I decided to set up shop on one of the rocks in the below picture. I put my camera down (after some coaching from Chris to chill out for a minute) and just relaxed as the sky changed colour around us.