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    Default Where is a goood site in Joshua Tree, coming from S/E side



    I am in Palm Desert on a company meeting trip and brought all my gear including the Z12 for a dark sky event tonight in Joshua Tree. The organizer does not know exactly what is the best place to go coming in from the South side. Is the Cottonwood visitor center good or should we go further in? We drive separate cars so it would help if it is easy to explain where to meet up. This is the visitor map I'm looking at: https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/maps.htm

    BTW I drove down to that meeting the day before through the desert to avoid LA and camped on a BLM site 13 miles past Lucerne Valley. As I stopped 0.5 miles in on my way to the BLM campground (because the dirt road was too hard for my car) boiling motor coolant came gushing out. I pitched my tent right there next to the road. The skies looked marvelous! Strange enough as I left the next morning at 5:15 AM the car drove like normal, engine temperature fine. I am going to take it to a mechanic later today to have it checked because JT is uphill from here.
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    Default Re: Where is a goood site in Joshua Tree, coming from S/E side

    Cottonwood campground is probably the most popular viewing site in JT park. It is just a short drive south of Palm Desert. I use to observe from there on a regular basis when I lived in SoCal. There are 2 loops of camping area. The lower loop is probably the only one open this time of year. The best spot for viewing/camping is at the west end of the loop. There are restrooms there and water, but there are no other amenities. The rangers are very helpful to astronomy people. The skies, though not as great as when I was a kid are fantastic. You won't want to miss the chance to observe from there.

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