• 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.

Day Hikes

Important Trail Update: There is a temporary closure in effect for some Cottonwood area trails. The affected trails include Cottonwood Spring, Mastodon Peak, and Lost Palms Oasis. Trails will remain closed until further notice. For alternative trail information, click here.

 
Trail Roundtrip Description



49 Palms
Oasis
3 miles
4.8 km
Several stands of fan palms and pools of water are found at the oasis Moderately strenuous with a 300-foot elevation gain, twice!



Lost Horse Mine/Mtn. 4 miles
6.4 km
Site of ten-stamp mill. Summit = 5,278 feet (1,609m) Moderately strenuous



Lost Palms
Oasis
7.2 miles
11.6 km
Canyon with numerous palm stands Moderate A side trip to Victory Palms and Munsen Canyon involves scrambling.



Mastodon
Peak
3 miles
4.8 km
Excellent views of the Eagle Mountains and Salton Sea. Summit = 3,371 feet (1,027m) Strenuous



Ryan
Mountain
3 miles
4.8 km
Excellent views of Lost Horse, Queen, and Pleasant valleys Summit = 5,461 feet (1,664m). Strenuous

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...