History & Culture


Park History

Joshua Tree was designated a national monument in 1936 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and accorded national park status in 1994. Find out more about park history in this section. Or, if you want to dig deep into the story of how the National Park Service has managed Joshua Tree, download and read Joshua Tree National Park: A History of Preserving the Desert (20.7 MB PDF), an administrative history by Lary M. Dilsaver.


Human history in the Joshua Tree region stretches back well over 5,000 years. In the people section, find out about the different cultures that have called this area home, as well as a few prominent individuals in our history.


Explore a few of the stories of colorful figures from Joshua Tree's past in this section.


Joshua Tree National Park houses more than 241,000 objects in its museum collections. The park also protects more than 838 documented archeological sites, 160 historic structures, and 5 cultural landscapes.

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