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.
Operating Hours & Seasons
The park is always open and may be visited anytime of year. Visitation increases as temperatures moderate in the fall, peaks during spring wildflower season, and diminishes during the heat of summer.
Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Open All Year; 8 am to 5 pm
Located one block south of Hwy 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway) at 6554 Park Boulevard, Joshua Tree, CA 92252.
Oasis Visitor Center
Open All Year; 8:30 am to 5 pm
Located at park headquarters: 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, at the junction of Utah Trail and National Park Drive.
Cottonwood Visitor Center
Open All Year; 9 am to 4 pm daily
Located eight miles north of Interstate 10 at Cottonwood Spring.
Black Rock Nature Center
Open October through May
8 am to 4 pm except on Friday; Noon to 8 pm on Friday
Located at 9800 Black Rock Canyon Road, Yucca Valley, CA 92284, in Black Rock Campground.
Weather and Climate
Average Monthly Temperature and Precipitation
Did You Know?
The red-spotted toad is a true denizen of the desert, where it spends most of its life underground. Found from one end of the park to the other, it appears after good, soaking rains. More...