Alerts & Conditions

Park Closures

Joshua Tree National Park is modifying operations to support federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Cancellations and Closures

  • Most park ranger programs
  • Campfires in designated firepits are allowed, but all other campfires are prohibited
  • Exhibits are closed at the Cottonwood Visitor Center
  • All visitor centers have a limited capacity to accomodate social distancing


  • Park entrances and entrance booths: reduce exposure by purchasing your entrance pass ahead of time on
  • All campgrounds. Individual campsites are limited to members of one household per site. Group sites are limited to 25 people maximum and up to three households per site
  • Park information and orientation materials are available in front of the following visitor centers:
    • Oasis Visitor Center
    • Joshua Tree Visitor Center
    • Cottonwood Visitor Center
  • The bookstores are open at:
    • Oasis Visitor Center
    • Joshua Tree Visitor Center
    • Cottonwood Visitor Center
    • Black Rock Nature Center
  • Exhibits are open at:
    • Black Rock Nature Center
    • Joshua Tree Visitor Center
    • Oasis Visitor Center
  • Roads and parking lots
  • Trails
  • Most bathroom facilities
  • Wilderness backpacking
  • Keys Ranch is open on a limited basis and visitation is restricted to guided walking tours. Tickets are required and can be reserved ahead of time on
  • Climber Coffee is running from February 27 to April 4, 2021, Sat and Sun; 8–10 am at Hidden Valley Campground

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Air Quality

During the summer when temperatures soar, air quality may be poor. Please use caution and check our Live Weather & Air Quality Data page. During the fall and winter months, air quality is generally good.

Average Weather

Days are typically clear with less than 25% humidity. Temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average highs around 85°F (29°C) and average lows around 50°F (10°C) respectively. Winter brings cooler days, around 60°F (15°C), and freezing nights. It occasionally snows at higher elevations. Summers are hot, over 100°F (38°C) during the day and not cooling much below 75°F (24°C) at night.


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Last updated: March 16, 2021

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Mailing Address:

74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597


(760) 367-5500

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