• 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.

Nature Walks

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 Mileage Starting Point Features
Arch Rock .5-mile loop White Tank Campground,
opposite site 9
geology, including a natural arch
Bajada All-
.25-mile loop South of Cottonwood; one-half mile from the southern entrance to the park accessible; plants of the Colorado Desert
Barker Dam 1.3-mile loop Just north of the Barker Dam parking area water tank built by early cattle ranchers
Cap Rock .4-mile loop Cap Rock parking area, at the junction
of Park Blvd. and Keys View Road
accessible; boulder piles, Joshua trees, and other plants of the Mojave Desert
Cholla Cactus Garden .25-mile loop 20 miles north of Cottonwood Visitor Center dense concentration of Cholla Cactus
Cottonwood Spring 1 mile Cottonwood Spring parking area palm oasis, cottonwood trees, plants and animals of the Colorado Desert
Hidden Valley 1-mile loop Hidden Valley picnic area rock-enclosed valley rumored to have been used by cattle rustlers
Hi-View 1.3-mile loop Northwest of Black Rock Campground views of Mt. San Gorgonio
Indian Cove .6-mile loop West end of Indian Cove Campground desert willows and Mojave yuccas, animals, and Indian habitation
Keys View .25-mile loop Keys View views of the San Andreas Fault, Mt. San Jacinto, Mt. San Gorgonio, and the Salton Sea
Oasis of Mara .5-mile loop Oasis Visitor Center, Twentynine Palms accessible; introduces an oasis habitat used extensively by early residents in the area
Skull Rock 1.5-mile loop Jumbo Rocks Campground boulder piles, desert washes, and a rock formation known as Skull Rock

Did You Know?

Joshua Tree Blooms

One of the most beautiful spectacles in spring is the creamy-white blossoms of Joshua trees. These white candles can be seen from February to late March. Joshua trees do not branch until after they bloom, and they don’t bloom every year. More...