Directions & Transportation

Joshua Tree National Park lies within a few hours' drive of several major metropolitan areas. The park is located about
  • 140 miles east of Los Angeles,
  • 175 miles northeast of San Diego,
  • 215 miles southwest of Las Vegas, Nevada, and
  • 222 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona.
Do not rely on GPS directions to navigate to or within Joshua Tree National Park! Vehicle navigation systems sometimes try to route you onto backcountry roads with ruts or soft sand that may be impassable to your vehicle.
You can approach Joshua Tree from Interstate 10 or California Highway 62 (the Twentynine Palms Highway).
The closest airport is in Palm Springs.

Public transportation to the park is limited. Check the Morongo Basin Transit Authority website for detailed bus schedules and routes.
There are three park entrance stations:
The West Entrance is located five miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard at Joshua Tree Village.
The North Entrance is in Twentynine Palms, three miles south of the junction of Highway 62 and Utah Trail.
The South Entrance near Cottonwood Spring is an access point along Interstate 10, 25 miles east of Indio.
Color map of Joshua Tree National Park in location in Southern California. Major interstates are shown.

Last updated: September 6, 2019

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74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597


760 367-5500

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