Fees & Passes

Entrance Fee: $15

The park entrance fee is $15. This covers a 7-day vehicle permit, admitting the passengers of a single, non-commercial vehicle on the day of purchase and for the next six days. There is no separate 1-day permit; your receipt is good for re-entry if you come back anytime within the week.

Visitors entering the park on foot, bicycle, motorcycle, or horseback pay $5 each for a 7-day entry permit.

Organized but non-commercial groups traveling together in a vehicle also pay $5 per person.

 

Free Entrance Days

In 2015, entrance to Joshua Tree—and all other national park sites—will be free on:

  • January 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
  • February 14-16 (Presidents Day weekend)
  • April 18-19 (opening weekend of National Park Week)
  • August 25 (National Park Service's 99th birthday)
  • September 26 (National Public Lands Day)
  • November 11 (Veterans Day)
Other fees, such as camping and Keys Ranch tour fees, will still be charged on Free Entrance Days.

 
image of the 2015 Joshua Tree Park Pass, with climbers ascending a rock

Joshua Tree National Park Annual Pass: $30

This pass is valid for 12 months from the month of purchase. It covers the entrance fee to Joshua Tree National Park for the pass signee and accompanying passengers entering in a single, non-commercial vehicle. Joshua Tree Annual Passes are available at park entrance stations and visitor centers.

 

America the Beautiful: National Parks and Public Lands Passes

An interagency annual pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 recreation sites on federally-managed public lands.

Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges, as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. A pass admits a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.
 
Interagency Annual Pass: $80
This pass is available to the general public and provides access to federally-managed recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee for a full year from month of purchase. The Annual Pass can be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, or online.

Free Annual Passes are available for active duty military personnel and dependents with proper identification (CAC Card or DD Form 1173).
 
image of Senior Pass, showing close-up of flowering cactus

Senior Pass: $10

This lifetime entrance pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over. It may be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, or online after completing an application (additional processing fee applies for mail orders). Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency or citizenship.

At some sites, the Senior Pass may provide a 50% discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. It generally does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.

 
image of Access Pass, showing a boardwalk through a forested wetland

Access Pass: Free

This free pass is available to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. The Access Pass can be obtained in person at the park, by calling 1-888-ASK USGS, or by mail (a processing fee applies for mail orders).

The Access Pass may provide a 50% discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services, such as camping, swimming, boat launching, and specialized interpretive services. It generally does not cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.

 
image of 2015 Volunteer Pass, with kayakers paddling towards a sea arch

Volunteer Pass: Free

The Volunteer Pass is awarded to volunteers who have logged 250 service hours with participating federal agencies. Contact your local federal recreation site for more information about volunteer opportunities, or visit volunteer.gov.

The USGS manages and provides general information about the interagency pass program.

 

Activity Fees

Camping fees vary by campground.
Ranger-led Keys Ranch Tours require advance reservations and cost $5 per adult.

 

Your Fees Benefit the Park

Eighty percent of entrance fee dollars collected in Joshua Tree National Park stay in the park, funding important maintenance projects and visitor services. Learn more about how recreation fees support the operation of your national park.

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