a park volunteer looks through a camera
A park volunteer works to build the park's public domain photo library. Joshua Tree is a favorite destination for amateur and professional photographers from around the world.

NPS/Kurt Moses

Rounded blocks of coarse-grained monzogranite. A plump chuckwalla basks in the sun. The bizarre branches of Joshua trees. Wide-open desert skies. The fluttering flight of a bird into the sheltering arms of a catclaw acacia. Helmeted rock climbers gracefully working their way up a rock face. Whatever the subject, Joshua Tree National Park is a photographer's delight.

Share your photos with us
Joshua Tree is active on several social media channels. You can view and download public domain images from our photo galleries on Flickr or follow us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook for more. Tag us in your pictures if you'd like to share them!

Want to learn about photography in a beautiful place?
Desert Institute field courses, offered by park partner the Joshua Tree National Park Association (JTNPA) in the spring and fall, usually include photography classes and workshops.

Artist in Residence
Joshua Tree National Park also partners with JTNPA to offer an Artist in Residence program that is open to photographers, as well as other visual artists, performing artists, and writers.

Commercial photography requires a permit
Please see Permits & Reservations if you will be taking pictures or filming video for commercial use. Visitors wishing to take pictures or record video for personal use do not need a permit.

Last updated: January 31, 2017

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