This Californian desert is covered in unexpected snow

Over the past few weeks, Joshua Tree National Park in California has seen some uncharacteristic snowfall. While snow isn’t completely unheard of in the area, this year it extended down to the valley floors, which signifies it’s been a heavier spread than the park is accustomed to.

The protected national park, located in southern California, is home to rugged rock formations and its namesake, the twisted, bristled Joshua trees. The park spans 3,000 kilometres and usually sees up to three million visitors each year.

Joshua Tree also boasts a wide variety of bird species, including the greater roadrunner, mockingbird, red-tailed hawk, American kestrel and prairie falcon.

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