Pinto Basin Road Renovation
Pinto Basin Road is being renovated. On weekdays you may encounter travel delays of up to 30 minutes. Cholla Cactus Garden is closed on weekdays. Cottonwood Visitor Center hours are 9 to 4 on weekdays, 8 to 4 weekends. More »
Rattlesnake Canyon Will Remain Closed Through May
To provide additional time to mitigate the vandalism, Rattlesnake Canyon will remain completely closed to the public for another 30 days. More »
Fee Waiver Requirements
Entrance-fee waivers are granted to bona fide academic institutions that are using the park to study park resources. In accordance with 36 CFR 71.13 (d), three criteria must be met before a fee waiver can be granted:
To request an entrance-fee waiver for your university or college group, fill out the fee-waiver application and email, fax (760-367-5586), or mail it to:
In most cases your application must be received at least 30 days prior to your proposed visit. If approved, the application will be signed and returned to you.
Applications cannot be approved at the park entrance stations or visitor centers. Verbal waivers will not be granted.
Each vehicle must have a copy of the waiver in their possession during their entire visit. Students arriving without the waiver will be charged an entrance fee.
If you have questions regarding the fee waiver process, you may contact the fee supervisor by calling 760-367-5549 or by email.
Did You Know?
Joshua Tree is crisscrossed with hundreds of faults, and is a great place to see raw rocks and the effects of earthquakes. The famous San Andreas Fault bounds the south side of the park and can be observed from Keys View. More...