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!

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Visiting in Summer

A summer visit to the desert requires extra preparations and considerations. Here are a few ways to prepare for desert heat.

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Plan Your Visit

Start preparing for your adventure!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find out the answers to the most common questions about visiting the park.

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Things to Do

Hiking. Sightseeing. Stargazing. Rock Climbing. 4x4-ing and more!

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Experience camping in an International Dark Sky Park.

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Get an overview of the park and learn the lay of the land.

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First-Time Visitor's Guide

First trip to Joshua Tree? Start here with the need-to-know information.

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Buy Your Pass Online

Purchase a digital entrance pass at no extra cost. Buying your pass ahead of time can help expedite your trip into the park!

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National Park Service App

Download the NPS App and have 400+ parks at your fingertips. Get off-line maps, virtual tours, and info on things to do & trip planning.

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597


760 367-5500

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