Fees Increase at Joshua Tree National Park

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Date: May 15, 2015
Contact: George Land, 760-367-5507
Contact: Jeff Ohlfs, 760-367-5540

Twentynine Palms, CA — Joshua Tree National Park announced that, effective June 1, 2015 that park fees will increase. These increases come about after extensive civic engagement from Oct. 21st to Nov. 22nd, 2014 and a high level of support from federal, state and county stakeholders as well as commercial operators. Outreach included radio broadcasts, town hall meetings, local community events, print media, and social media. Generally the public was in support of the fee increases despite some concern that the increases be made in smaller increments than originally planned.In consideration to those concerns the park will maintain the current fee for the annual park pass and reduced the proposed fee increase for motorcycles.


New entrance fees
  • 7-Day Single Vehicle Pass will increase from $15 to $20. (The fee is scheduled to increase to $25 in 2017).
  • 7-Day Motorcycle Pass will increase from $5 to $10. (The fee is scheduled to increase to $12 In 2017). 
  • 7-Day Person Pass will be increased from $5 to $10. (The fee is scheduled to increase to $12 in 2017). 
  • The Joshua Tree National Park Annual Pass will not increase at this time. 
New camping fees
  • Reservation campgrounds (Indian Cove, Black Rock, Black Rock Horse Camp, and Cottonwood): individual sites increase from $15 to $20 per night, per site. 
  • First come, first served campgrounds (Belle, White Tank, Jumbo Rocks, Ryan, and Hidden Valley): individual sites increase from $10 to $15 per night, per site. 
  • Group camping sites (Indian Cove, Sheep Pass, Cottonwood) increase from $25-$40 to $35-$50 per night, per site. 
  • There is backcountry camping fee implementation approval using recreation.gov however that may take place at a later time. 
New interpretive tour (Keys Ranch) fees
  • Adult ticket will increase from $5 to $10 
  • Child ticket (6-11 yrs) will increase from $2.50 to $5 
  • Child ticket (5 yrs and under), admission is free. 
Park superintendent David Smith said, "No one likes fee increases but the new money raised will be targeted at improving visitor facilities throughout the park. Best of all, we have received permission to use some of the increases to cover labor costs for increased maintenance and interpretive staffing in campgrounds." 

For questions or comments please call Chief Ranger, Jeff Ohlfs at (760) 367-5540 or email at jeff_ohlfs@nps.gov.



Last updated: January 31, 2017

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