It's been a very unusual winter, with a polar vortex and other storm systems popping up across the country. And according to Mother Nature Network, the ice and snow even found its way to the California desert. Even Yucca Valley, which lies east of Los Angeles and just outside the boundaries of Joshua Tree National Park, got some snow — and it led to some incredible photos, which locals and travelers have been posting with abandon on social media. The incredible visuals captured across Joshua Tree National Park and the surrounding areas during this winter spell almost look like paintings. The U.S. is preparing for the back nine of winter, but so far, this season has created some memorable sights.

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