• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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  • Cottonwood Trails Closed

    Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »

  • Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect 30+ Minute Travel Delays

    Visitors should expect 30+ minute waits when heading north and sound bound on the Pinto Basin Road. Due to construction activity around Cottonwood Visitor Center, additional waits of 30 minutes may be in place when leaving the visitor center parking lot. More »

  • Deteriorating conditions of Black Rock Canyon Road

    The road leading to Black Rock campground has deep potholes, is deeply rutted, and can be difficult to negotiate, especially in large vehicles. Please drive with caution.

Self Guided

Educational groups are encouraged to use the park for their own programs.

Entrance-fee waivers are available for educational visits but not for recreational visits. A statement of your educational objectives and your lesson plan with an outline of educational activities is required.

Primary and Secondary Groups
To request an academic fee waiver for groups through grade twelve, return the request form and allow a minimum of two weeks for us to process your request. Camping fees are not included in the entrance-fee waiver.

College and University Groups
College and university groups wishing an academic fee waiver should click here.

Did You Know?

Mojave Mound Cactus Bloom

With nearly 750 species of vascular plants, Joshua Tree is renowned for its plant diversity. No wonder that when the area was first proposed for preservation in the early 1930s, the name suggested was Desert Plants National Park. More...