Joshua Tree: History, weirdness, short-term rentals dilemma

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If you love Joshua Tree National Park, you have a little old lady from Pasadena to thank, Minerva Hamilton Hoyt. Illustration by Gabby Quarante/KCRW.

Born in Mississippi but drawn to the West, Minerva Hamilton Hoyt was behind the push to make Joshua Tree a special place on the map. 

The millions of people who visit Joshua Tree have an abundance of vacation rentals to choose from — but that also means challenges to the local community. 

For eight years, Ken Layne has been keeping desert wanderers company with his esoteric musings about the lore, legends, and landscape of the Mojave — via his periodical and radio show Desert Oracle.