April 4, 2012 5:00 AM

Joshua Tree and environs offer hiking, good eats, quirky saloons and hot springs

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — It’s a dry heat — a boulder-studded, wind-raked Mojave heat in which rock stars lie low, artists think big, Marines train, weird plants jut toward the sun like beseeching biblical figures, and climbers cling to granite walls like insects stuck to flypaper, except the climbers are way happier.

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