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Ocotillos | Exploring Joshua Tree

Ocotillo in the Colorado Desert; Joshua Tree (13)

Ocotillo in the Colorado Desert; Joshua Tree (13)

If you follow my instagram then you were inundated with photos from my backcountry camping trip to Joshua Tree. I ended up snapping hundreds of photos during the three day trip so it has taken me quite a while to go through them all. Some of my favorite photos / memories of the trip involve the Ocotillo.
Ocotillo in the Colorado Desert; Joshua Tree (8)

Understandably, the beautiful plant also goes by the name Desert Coral. While it isn't actually a cactus, the green stems are covered with big spikes that protect the flowers from animals.
Ocotillo in the Colorado Desert; Joshua Tree (5)Ocotillo in the Colorado Desert; Joshua Tree (6)

My favorite thing about the ocotillo is that they are often found by themselves in open, rocky slopes or washes. Since they are typically about 20 feet fall, they really stand out in the dry deserts of the Southwest.
Ocotillo in the Colorado Desert; Joshua Tree (9)Ocotillo in the Colorado Desert; Joshua Tree (11)Ocotillo in the Colorado Desert; Joshua Tree (12)Ocotillo in the Colorado Desert; Joshua Tree (14)

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Nicole is a treasure hunter and pup mama located in Seattle, Washington. Loves travel, politics, lifestyle, TV, & wine. She's an unapologetic SJW & feminist AF.

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  1. Cece
    3 years ago

    I’ve heard good things about Joshua Tree!!! Beautiful pics. It’s like a desert flower.

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      3 years ago

      It is so beautiful, Cece, you would love it!

  2. Marianne
    3 years ago

    Ooooo I would love to visit Joshua Tree!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      3 years ago

      I hope that you get out there, Marianne!

  3. Kasey Decker
    3 years ago

    oh these are lovely!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      3 years ago

      aren’t they gorgeous? I love them!

  4. Daisy @ Simplicity Relished
    3 years ago

    I can see why it’s called a desert coral!! gorgeous!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      3 years ago

      the best part is that they grow by themselves and provide the most gorgeous burst of color in the middle of nothing

  5. taylor
    3 years ago

    prettiest tree. the desert to me is so mysterious and fascinating :)

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      3 years ago

      I love the desert so much! Something so beautiful in the places that you least expect it

  6. Svetlana Holt
    3 years ago

    So pretty! Thanks for sharing this info and great pictures :) – Svetlana @ Life with a Side of Wine

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      3 years ago

      of course, Svetlana!

  7. Cassie Lee
    3 years ago

    So pretty! Great photos!

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      3 years ago

      thanks, Cassie!!

  8. esther julee
    3 years ago

    i need to make it back to JT. I didn’t see any of these on our trip. Maybe it was just the time of year. :) when did you go?

    1. Nicole @ Treasure Tromp
      3 years ago

      We went in the middle of April. The Ocotillos only grow in the Colorado Desert portion of JTree though, which isn’t where people usually go (we spent most of our time in the Mojave portion).