Where Two Deserts Meet

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Come explore for yourself. Read More

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Join Us As We Celebrate the Night Sky

The park's second annual Night Sky Festival will be held October 28-30, 2016.

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What Exactly Is a Joshua Tree?

Dagger-like leaves? Sprawling, zig-zaggy branches? The Joshua tree looks like it belongs in a Dr. Seuss book.

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Plan Your Visit

Where to go, what to do, and what you need to know for your Joshua Tree adventure.

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A Safe Visit Is a Fun Visit

Extremely hot in the summer. Surprisingly chilly in the winter. Prickly plants. Venomous animals. Get important safety information here.

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Every Kid in a Park

Joshua Tree is a great place to be a kid! Climb on boulders, camp out, become a Jr. Ranger ... there's lots to do.

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Discover the Desert Tortoise

Spending 95% of its time underground, this unhurried creature comes out of its burrow in spring to eat and mate. Let us know if you see one.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

74485 National Park Dr.
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597


(760) 367-5500

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