• 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 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.

Ranger Programs

Ranger Program: Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Ranger Program at Hidden Valley Nature Trail
NPS/Dar Spearing

Keys Ranch Tour — Fridays & Saturdays 2 pm; Sundays 10 am
This ranger-guided tour explores the colorful story and numerous artifacts of this Mojave Desert historical site (1½ hours, ½ mile on unpaved trails).

Reservations are required. You may purchase tickets by phone at 760-367-5522 and at the Joshua Tree or Oasis visitor centers prior to the tour day.

Fees: adults (12 and over) $5.00, Senior and Access Pass holders $2.50, children (6 – 11) $2.50. Children under six are free.

Cholla Cactus Garden — Wednesdays 10 am to Noon
Join the ranger at the Cholla Cactus Garden anytime between 10 am and noon for a 15-minute talk about the plants of the Pinto Basin.

Twin Tanks Guided Hike — Thursdays 10 am (4/10 & 4/24 only)
Meet at the backcountry board parking area between Belle and White Tank campgrounds to join a ranger in exploring a section of the California Riding and Hiking Trail. (approx. 2 hours)

Ryan Ranch Ramble — Thursdays 10 am (4/17 only)
Join the ranger at the Ryan Ranch trailhead to learn about the natural and cultural history of the ranch (1 hour, 1 mile)

Silvia's Wash Walk — Fridays 2 pm
Meet the ranger at mile marker 33 (2.7 miles south of Cottonwood Visitor Center near the “Colorado Desert” wayside exhibit) for a nature walk. (45 minutes, 1 mile). Park in roadside pullouts.

Cap Rock Discovery Hike — Sundays 2 pm
Discover the abundance of life in the desert. Meet at the trailhead for Cap Rock Nature Trail. (45 minutes, ¼ mile).

Evening Programs
Fridays 8 pm — at the Cottonwood and Jumbo Rocks campground amphitheaters (45 minutes).
Saturdays 8 pm — at the Indian Cove campground amphitheater (45 minutes).

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Wilderness Map

Joshua Tree National Park has over 550,000 acres of wilderness, offering visitors opportunities to explore where few others have ventured. More...