On our day trip to the Joshua Tree National Park we stopped at the Visitor's Center for maps and advice and suggestions of the "must sees". When asked, what is the one thing we just should not miss, the rapid response, was Keys View. There was no hesitation as the ranger quickly circled it on our map.
Larger RVs are not allowed up to Keys View, but, Big Butt did just fine, barely fitting in the narrow lanes, but "barely" was enough.
Keys View is at an elevation of 5185 feet. You look down into the Coachella Valley, the Indio Hills, and the San Andreas Fault (yes, the real thing), you can even see the Salton Sea some 35 miles away.
In my opinion, we were in the park on a rather clear day, well, compared to the next day, it was clear . One of the signs along the walkways discussed haze. My camera picked up haze and the following photos have been "edited" a bit to try and bring you better images. There, that is my disclaimer. (Remember the trick of clicking on the photo for a larger view, then, clicking on your browser's back button to return to Reflections.)
|San Gorgonia Mountain, with some snow cover, at 11,485 feet,|
the tallest point in southern California.
|The light area just above the mountain tops is the Salton Sea.|
The Salton Sea is 35 miles from here, is about 35 miles long
and 15 miles wide.
|Down in the valley, is Palm Springs and the San Andreas Fault.|
The fault is about mid photo, see that long darker line,
right about there. Again, haze interferes with the photos.