What does it mean to Explore Responsibly?
Responsible visitation to public lands is all about respect. Respect for the plants and animals who live here, respect for other visitors and their experiences, and respect for yourself by ensuring you make it home safe and sound. The decisions we make can have lasting impacts, both positive and negative, on the places we love.
Respect the Resource
We are visitors to this special place. Small acts, like picking a wildflower or scratching initials in a tree, by individuals are magnified if thousands of other visitors think, "It won't matter if I do it, I'm only one person."
Respect Other Visitors
The desert is a special place to many people. Some visitors come to Joshua Tree to disconnect and loud music, bright lights at night, and seeing others disregarding park rules can be disturbing.
The most important part of any adventure is making it home safely. Winging it can be fun, however it can also lead to disappointment and disaster if things go wrong. Plan ahead, be prepared, and have fun!
Why does it matter?
Each year more and more people come to experience the wonder of Joshua Tree National Park and the decisions they make during their visit can have lasting impacts. Small actions can be magnified when thousands of other make the same choice.
How do I join in?
We know you love Joshua Tree and we want to see how you choose to Explore Responsibly when you visit. Post your photos of how you enjoy the park while helping us protect it for future generations.
Last updated: March 13, 2019