The namesake Joshua tree grows in the desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The park has had a human presence dating back to more than 5,000 years ago<g class="gr_ gr_6 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_run_anim Punctuation only-del replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="6">,</g> when Native Americans lived nomadically in the area. In more recent years, miners and cattle ranchers have occupied the land.&nbsp;

Joshua Tree National Park, California

The namesake Joshua tree grows in the desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. The park has had a human presence dating back to more than 5,000 years ago, when Native Americans lived nomadically in the area. In more recent years, miners and cattle ranchers have occupied the land. 
Photograph by Jack Fusco, Nat Geo Image Collection

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