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.
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