How Will COVID-19 Affect My Visit

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Is the park open?

Entrance stations and roads are open. To see a full list of current closures, check out the park's Current Conditions page.

Can I spend the night in Joshua Tree?

Campgrounds are open. Visitors are encouraged to reserve a campsite before arriving to the park. Campsites are very popular during the busy spring season and book up early. First-come, first-serve sites are very limited. Additional camping options may be available in the nearby communities.

Wilderness backpacking is open but is only recommended for experienced backpackers. The desert may not be a friendly environment for first-time backpackers. To learn more about where wilderness backpacking and where wilderness camping is open, visit our Wilderness Backpacking page. Dispersed camping is not permitted along roads, in parking lots, or in any areas outside of the designated wilderness backpacking locations.

Should I wear a mask?

The NPS expects everyone who works in or visits national parks to wear a face mask outside on NPS-managed lands where physical distancing cannot be maintained and in all federal buildings. Park rangers are on duty to uphold normal rules and regulations as well as this requirement and may issue citations as appropriate for anyone in violation.

What recreational activities are available?

Hiking, rock climbing, sightseeing, and more are all possible. Please follow CDC guidelines. Guidelines include wearing a mask and social distancing by staying 6-feet from others who don’t live with you.

Are roads open?

All roads are open unless otherwise noted on the park's Current Conditions page.

Are restrooms available?

Public restrooms are available throughout the park. The most common type of restroom in the park is a one-person vault toilet.

Are emergency services available?

Law enforcement services and search and rescue are operating.

Are visitor centers and museums open?

Most visitor centers and their exhibit and museum spaces are open including Joshua Tree Visitor Center, Oasis Visitor Center, and the Black Rock Nature Center. There is a reduced capacity at all visitor centers which allows visitors and park staff to better accomodate for social distancing. Rangers and volunteers are also staffing outdoor visitor information desks which are located in front of the visitor centers.

Are ranger walks and other ranger-led programs available?

Many ranger walks, programs and chats are not currently available.

The Keys Ranch Tour is available on a limited basis. Tickets are required and can be reserved ahead of time on To preserve its historic character, admission to the ranch is restricted to guided walking tours.

To see a full list of activities available during your visit, check out the park calendar.

Are bookstores open?

Park bookstores are run by our nonprofit partner, the Joshua Tree National Park Association and they are open.

What other services and facilities are open?

See our Current Conditions page for up-to-date information about facility closures, road closures, and more.

Public Health Information

The health and wellbeing of visitors and park employees remains our top priority. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to provide safe and clean public areas and workspaces for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers. Our operations are continually evaluated and adjusted as necessary to support public health and safety.

If you feel sick or may have been exposed to COVID-19 prior to arriving at Joshua Tree National Park, please stay home and call your medical provider. If you are traveling and not near home, stay where you are and call your medical provider.

For emergencies, please call 911. There is little to no cell service in the park, but an emergency phone is available at Hidden Valley Campground.

For more information on what to do if you are sick, please refer to the CDC’s webpage on COVID-19.

Last updated: April 16, 2021

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