Fees & Passes

Color photo of a black car stopped at the entrance station gate as the ranger inside the gate leans out to interact with the visitor and hand over a park map..

NPS / Brad Sutton


Your Fees Benefit the Park

Eighty percent of entrance fee dollars collected in Joshua Tree National Park stay in the park, funding important maintenance projects and visitor services. Learn more about how recreation fees support the operation of your national park.

Where Do I Buy My Pass?

You can buy a park pass (pay your entrance fees) at:

  • West Entrance Station (near the town of Joshua Tree)
  • North Entrance Station (near the city of Twentynine Palms)
  • Joshua Tree Visitor Center
  • Oasis Visitor Center
  • Cottonwood Visitor Center

What Kinds of Passes/Fees Are There?


Weekly Passes

Entrance Fee - $30.00

7-day vehicle permit, admitting the passengers of a single, non-commercial vehicle on the day of purchase and for the next six days.

Motorcycle Entrance Fee - $25.00

7-day entrance permit, per motorcycle.

Individual Entrance Fee - $15.00

7-day entrance fee, per person on foot or bike.

Non-commercial Groups - Per Person - $15.00

Per-person fee charged to non-commercial groups entering in a vehicle with a capacity of 16 passengers or more.


Annual and Lifetime Passes


Free Entrance Days

Entrance to Joshua Tree and all other national park sites will be free on these days in 2020.

  • January 20: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • April 18: First day of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
Other fees, such as camping and Keys Ranch tour fees, will still be charged on Free Entrance Days.

Commercial Tour Group Fees

  • 1-6 Passenger Capacity $25.00 + $15 per passenger
  • 7-15 Passenger Capacity $50.00
  • 16-25 Passenger Capacity $60.00
  • 26 + Passenger Capacity $150.00
Road-based commercial tour companies must obtain a Road-based Commercial Use Authorization. Travel agencies that organize and book tour groups that will enter the park as part of business operations require a Commercial Use Authorization Permit. Find out more about Commercial Use Authorizations and permits.

Non-commercial Groups

Groups entering in a vehicle with a capacity of 16 passengers or more will pay an entrance fee of $12 per person on board, with the following exceptions:

  • Anyone who is 15 years old or younger is exempt from paying any entrance fee.
  • Passes may be used for entry as defined on the back of the pass.
  • In many cases the driver will have been hired for transportation only and is exempt from paying the entrance fee.
  • The total fee charged will not exceed the equivalent commercial fee for that type of vehicle.
Are you planning an educational trip for a school group? Find out if the group is eligible for an academic fee waiver.

Activity Fees

Camping fees vary by campground.
Ranger-led Keys Ranch Tours require advance reservations and cost $10 per adult.

Last updated: February 3, 2020

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Mailing Address:

74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597


(760) 367-5500

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