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302 mi 486 km of trail 8 Featured Hikes

Gems 6 Gems Easy Trails 62 Trails Intermediate Trails 18 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

Joshua Tree National Park boasts an impressive, vast, and unique landscape. Its 800,000 acres encompass two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado. Visitors will find some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California’s deserts, ranging from rugged mountains of twisted rock to exposed granite monoliths that testify to the tremendous earth forces that shaped and formed this land. Playas, arroyos, bajadas, alluvial fans, pediments, desert varnish, granites, aplite, and gneiss interact to form a giant mosaic of stunning beauty and complexity. A fascinating variety of plants and animals also make their home in this land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Come explore for yourself!

To learn more about Joshua Tree National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
  • Joshua Tree Visitor Center: Open 8 am to 5 pm, daily.
  • Oasis Visitor Center: Open 8:30 am to 5 pm, daily.
  • Cottonwoood Visitor Center: Open 8:30 am to 4 pm, daily.
  • Black Rock Nature Center: Open 8 am to 4 pm, October through May.

Visiting Tips

Joshua Tree National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Visitation typically increases during the more moderate temperatures in the fall, peaks during the spring wildflower season, and declines during the heat of summer.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Camping:
There are nine campgrounds located in the park. Most campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. During the busy season from October through May, reservations may be made for individual or family sites at Black Rock and Indian Cove Campgrounds. Group campsites should be reserved in advance. It is very likely for campgrounds to fill on weekends from fall through spring. To learn more about camping in the park, visit the park's website.

  • White Tank Campground: 15 sites, $15 per night. Available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Jumbo Rocks Campground: 124 sites, $15 per night. Available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Belle Campground: 18 sites, $15 per night. Available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Ryan Campground: 31 sites, $15 per night. Available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Hidden Valley Campground: 44 sites, $15 per night. Available on a first come, first served basis.
  • Indian Cove Campground: 101 sites, $20 per night. Available on a first come, first served basis June - September.
  • Reservations can be made October - May, online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.
  • Black Rock Campground: 99 sites, $20 per night. Available on a first come, first served basis June - September. Reservations can be made October - May, online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.
  • Sheep Pass Group Campground: 6 sites, $35-$50 depending on the site. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.
  • Cottonwood Campground: 62 sites, $20 per night. Available on a first come, first served basis. 3 group sites, $35-40 per night. Reservations for group campsites can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.

Backcountry Camping:
Backcountry camping is also an option for those looking to extend their stay in the park. Visit the park's website to learn more about backcountry camping rules and regulations.

Lodging:
There is no lodging available within Joshua Tree National Park. However, there are many options in the nearby towns. For more, information click here.

Food & Drink

There are no restaurants or grocery stores located in the park. A variety of dining options can be found in the nearby towns of 29 Palms, Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, and Indio.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

The Palms Cold beer on a hot day at the end of the world
Rib Co Roast beef dip and burger were great! Service very friendly.
Shadow Hills Golf Club The food is not good
80875 Avenue 40, Indio CA — (760) 772-4342
TKB Bakery & Deli The Ironman was awesome. I drove 4 hrs to get here... And it was worth it!
El Tapatio Restaurant Best chavelas
83161 Indio Blvd, Indio CA — (760) 347-7282
China Bistro You can substitute tofu for most of the meat dishes. So delicious!
45765 Towne St, Indio CA — (760) 342-7288
In-N-Out Burger Secret Menu -- http://www.badmouth.net/in-n-outs-secret-menu/
Panera Bread The cream cheese pods are huge - big enough for 2 bagels. Share with a friend.
Okura Robata Sushi Bar and Grill Sushi Lovers, don't miss out on another L.A. experience here in the desert. The Red Dragon roll is a crowd pleaser. Friendly staff. Sit at the counter and have a sake.
the Broken Yolk Cafe Poor service. After we were seated took 20 minutes just to get a drink order, they messed up two of our orders. No silverware or napkins at our table. Food was decent.
In-N-Out Burger The very best hamburgers in USA. For the foreigners you gotta know they don't use mayo, the used a dressing made by them
Sherman's Deli & Bakery Pastrami and Pasteries GALORE!
Grill-A-Burger The Gobbler is the best turkey burger I have ever eaten! Add avocado and a little mustard, mayo, and ketchup and you've got yourself a treat!!
Casa Mendoza Enchiladas Mole were excellent as were the beef fajitas. Salsa is addictive and the Cadillac margarita were amazing.
Eureka Burger Nice outdoors seating , great burgers
Tony's Burgers Gluten free buns!
Joshua Tree Country Kitchen The best pancakes and Cambodian cuisine in Joshua Tree.
Crossroads Cafe Tackle an epic order of the stuffed challah French toast. Enlist friends for help.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Joshua Tree National Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs that vary by season. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

REI Adventures:
REI offers over 30 national park trips led by expert guides capable of taking you off the beaten path to discover hidden gems that many visitors never see.

Check out REI Adventures' national park offerings here.

Other Activities

Joshua Tree National Park is home to a multitude of outdoor activities. Recreational opportunities include backpacking, camping, bird-watching, horseback riding, photography, stargazing, and wildflower viewing. No matter your interest, this beautiful desert park is sure to exceed your expectations whether you're planning your first visit to a national park or your fiftieth. Additionally, be sure to check out the world-class rock climbing and bouldering in the park. For those looking to extend their adventure beyond the park, check out the opportunities for mountain biking up the road in Palm Springs.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free maps and brochures to help plan your trip, click here.

Areas Within Joshua Tree National Park

Gems in Joshua Tree National Park - 6

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Trails in Joshua Tree National Park - 72

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Twentynine Palms, CA
1.2 mi 1.9 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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#2 Pine City Trail
Twentynine Palms, CA
2.0 mi 3.3 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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Twentynine Palms, CA
1.6 mi 2.5 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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Yucca Valley, CA
37.6 mi 60.6 km Yucca Valley, CA
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Dry
8 days ago
Yucca Valley, CA
2.9 mi 4.6 km Yucca Valley, CA
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Dry
89 days ago
Sky Valley, CA
6.1 mi 9.8 km Sky Valley, CA
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8.3 mi 13.3 km
#7 Boy Scout Trail
Joshua Tree, CA
8.3 mi 13.3 km Joshua Tree, CA
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Twentynine Palms, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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5.0 mi 8.0 km
#9 Lost Horse Trail
Twentynine Palms, CA
5.0 mi 8.0 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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Joshua Tree, CA
3.2 mi 5.2 km Joshua Tree, CA
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a mix of packed and loose sand through washes.
17 days ago
Yucca Valley, CA
1.3 mi 2.1 km Yucca Valley, CA
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Twentynine Palms, CA
0.6 mi 1.0 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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15.7 mi 25.3 km
#13 Berdoo Canyon Road
Twentynine Palms, CA
15.7 mi 25.3 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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Yucca Valley, CA
4.7 mi 7.6 km Yucca Valley, CA
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0.7 mi 1.1 km
#15 Warren Peak Trail
Yucca Valley, CA
0.7 mi 1.1 km Yucca Valley, CA
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Dry
89 days ago
4.1 mi 6.7 km
#16 Eureka Peak Trail
Yucca Valley, CA
4.1 mi 6.7 km Yucca Valley, CA
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Dry
8 days ago
Sky Valley, CA
5.7 mi 9.2 km Sky Valley, CA
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1.8 mi 2.8 km
#18 Short Loop Trail
Yucca Valley, CA
1.8 mi 2.8 km Yucca Valley, CA
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Dry
8 days ago
Joshua Tree, CA
5.0 mi 8.0 km Joshua Tree, CA
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2.3 mi 3.7 km
#20 Willow Hole Trail
Twentynine Palms, CA
2.3 mi 3.7 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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