• 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.

Filming Locations

The following locations are available for commercial filming at Joshua Tree National Park. Choosing one of these areas will usually provide a smooth and speedy application process. You may contact the special park use coordinator at 760-367-5545 with any questions.
Cap Rock

Cap Rock

  • Parking area provides beautiful views of rocks and Joshua trees
  • Popular location for still, fashion shoots
  • Can shoot close-in for the rocks or wide angle to include the trees
  • Rock climbing shots available here

Hidden Valley Picnic Area
Hidden Valley Picnic Area
  • Perfect for rock climbing shots
  • Close-in view shows majestic appearance of the area
  • Many sites can be found in this location.
  • Offers boulders, trees, and panoramic views
Live Oak Picnic Area
Live Oak Picnic Area
  • Offers a variety of backgrounds
  • A very private and popular location
  • Can shoot next to or within the boulder fields
  • Numerous panoramic views with rock inserts

Did You Know?

Fault map of the park

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...