• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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  • Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect travel delays up to 30-minutes

    The ongoing construction project to improve Pinto Basin Road will impact travel between the northern portion of the park and the Cottonwood/I-10 area. Please plan accordingly. The project is expected to be completed in August 2014. 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.

  • Access to some Cottonwood trails remains closed

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

Backcountry Registration Boards

There is no fee for camping in the backcountry at Joshua Tree National Park. However, you are required to park and register at a backcountry registration board. An unregistered vehicle or a vehicle left overnight somewhere other than at a backcountry board is a cause for concern about the safety of the vehicle’s occupants. It is also subject to citation and towing.

There are 13 backcountry registration boards located throughout the park.

Name Elevation Features Location
Black Rock 4,000 feet California Riding & Hiking Trail Black Rock Canyon
Cottonwood 3,100 feet Lost Palms Oasis Trail Cottonwood Spring
Covington 4,000 feet California Riding & Hiking Trail Upper Covington Flat
Geology 4,485 feet California Riding & Hiking Trail 1.5 miles south on Geology Tour Road
Indian Cove 2,920 feet Boy Scout Trail 1.5 miles south on Indian Cove Road
Juniper Flats 4,340 feet California Riding & Hiking Trail 1.1 mile south on Keys View Road
Keys West 4,000 feet Boy Scout Trail, Willow Hole Trail 6.7 miles from West Entrance
2,880 feet California Riding & Hiking Trail .5 mile from North Entrance
Pine City 4,436 feet Pine City Trail 1.3 miles north on Big Horn Road
3,280 feet Fried Liver Wash Corridor &
Hexehedron Mine Trail
? miles south on Geology Tour Road
Porcupine Wash 2,450 feet sand dunes & Pinto Mountain 8 miles from Cottonwood
Turkey Flats 1,791 feet sand dunes & Pinto Mountain 13 miles from Cottonwood
Twin Tanks 3,900 feet California Riding & Hiking Trail 7 miles from North Entrance

Did You Know?

Desert Queen Ranch branding iron

In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...