• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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  • Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect travel delays up to 30-minutes

    The ongoing construction project to improve Pinto Basin Road will impact travel between the northern portion of the park and the Cottonwood/I-10 area. Please plan accordingly. The project is expected to be completed in August 2014. 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.

  • Access to some Cottonwood trails remains closed

    Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »

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?

Desert Tortoise

The reptiles of Joshua Tree National Park include one tortoise, 18 lizards, and 25 varieties of snakes. More...