• 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.

Plan Your Visit

Joshua Tree National Park may be visited year round. Each season adds its personality to the desert's character.

Visitor centers and wayside exhibits, providing opportunities to acquaint yourself with park resources, are located along main roads leading into and through the park. Publications about the park are sold by the Joshua Tree National Park Association at visitor centers and on the web.

Ranger-guided activities can increase your enjoyment and understanding of the park. Walks, hikes, and campfire talks are conducted chiefly in the spring and fall; schedules are available at entrance stations and visitor centers, and are posted on campground bulletin boards.

There are nine campgrounds with tables, fire grates, and toilets. Several picnic areas for day use are available. You must bring water and firewood. Motels, stores, restaurants, dump stations, and auto services are located in nearby towns.

Did You Know?

Red Spotted Toad

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...