Learn About the Park

  • California fan palms and cottonwood trees at a desert oasis

    Explore Joshua Tree's impressive biodiversity. Find out why the rocks look the way they do. Learn about threats to park wildlife and plants.

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    History & Culture

    People have lived on the landscape we now call Joshua Tree National Park for thousands of years. Explore their stories here.

  • Color photo of a backpacker hiking through the Coxcomb Mountains.

    Today, about 85% of Joshua Tree National Park is managed as wilderness.

  • setting sun behind Joshua trees and mountains
    Photos & Multimedia

    Browse our extensive photo collection, watch videos about the park, and learn how a webcam helps us monitor air pollution.

  • closeup of a researcher's gloved hands measuring a horned lizard against a centimeter ruler
    Science & Research

    Joshua Tree National Park is a great natural laboratory for researchers in many different disciplines.

  • closeup of a park ranger's uniform showing official badge and patch

    Find out all about the laws, policies, and planning documents that guide park management decisions.

  • hikers among blooming yucca and other desert plants
    Park News

    Keep up with what's going on in Joshua Tree. Find news releases, the park newspaper, and links to our social media outlets.

  • a girl and a boy looking across the desert toward distant mountains
    Kids & Youth

    Joshua Tree National Park is fun for kids of all ages! Get ideas for things to do on your visit to the park or at home.

  • a child sitting on the ground draws desert landforms on a worksheet

    Joshua Tree offers free, curriculum-based education programs in the park and in nearby schools.

  • bookstore area in a visitor center, with shelves and books

    Our park partner, the Joshua Tree National Park Association, sells books and other educational materials in park visitor centers and online.

Last updated: July 10, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597


760 367-5500

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