This page contains information about accessibility in Joshua Tree National Park and may help you plan your visit. If a particular service or issue is not mentioned below and you have questions, please contact us.
U.S citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities qualify for the Interagency Access Pass, which provides free or discounted access to over 2,000 Federal recreation sites.
The following facilities and destinations are ADA-compliant:
Service animals that meet the ADA definition of a service animal are permitted everywhere in Joshua Tree National Park. Service animals are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Park visitors bringing service animals to Joshua Tree are reminded that the desert environment poses certain challenges for working animals. Bringing plenty of extra water and a bowl is important. Booties can protect a dog's feet from scorching temperatures and jagged rocks, though they should not be worn for extended periods of time. A desert first aid kit for your service animal should include:
Owners are encouraged to identify their working service animal, such as with a vest. Identification is not required, but helps prevent unwarranted "dog on trail" complaints from other visitors. There are no plastic bags provided at trailheads for animal waste, so please bring your own and clean up after your service animal.
Working to Improve Access for All
Joshua Tree National Park welcomes everyone and seeks to create an inclusive environment for everyone to experience. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns about accessibility.
Last updated: October 7, 2016