• 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.

Ranger Programs

Discover how humans, wildlife, and vegetation have adapted to survival in this arid landscape. Get insight into how geologic forces shaped the land we see today. Learn about the past, present, and future with a knowledgable and friendly ranger.

Guided tours, patio talks, and evening programs are just a few ways you can get better connected with Joshua Tree National Park. Availability varies with the season and weather conditions.
Ranger Program: Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Ranger Program at Hidden Valley Nature Trail
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Summer 2014 Program Schedule

Due to extreme heat and reduced visitation, fewer ranger programs are offered during summer months. Check at any visitor center for a complete list of available ranger programs. The following programs will be offered through September 30, 2014.

Barker Dam Hike

Thursdays, 9:00 am — Meet at the Barker Dam parking area to join a ranger-led, one-mile (1.6 km) hike focusing on people in the desert environment. Bring a hat, wear sunscreen, and carry plenty of water. (1.5 hours)

Evening Program at Jumbo Rocks

Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30 pm Join a ranger at the Jumbo Rocks campground amphitheater for an evening program. Topics vary. (45 minutes)

Skull Rock Hike

Saturdays, 9:00 am Meet at Skull Rock parking area to join a ranger-led, half-mile (0.8 km) hike examining the geology and natural history of this remarkable area. Bring a hat, wear sunscreen, and carry plenty of water. (1 - 1.5 hours)

Story Time with a Ranger

Saturdays, 2:00 pm — Calling all families and children! Meet at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center, 6554 Park Blvd., Joshua Tree, California. A ranger will read a story about an aspect of the desert. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (30 minutes)

Patio Talk

Sundays, 10:00 am — Relax on the back patio of the Oasis of Mara Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, California. Learn about various topics related to the park during this short ranger talk. (15 - 30 minutes)

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...