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377 mi 607 km of trail 14 Featured Hikes

Gems 10 Gems Easy Trails 92 Trails Intermediate Trails 31 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

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.
  • Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80
  • 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. Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Jumbo Rocks Campground: 124 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Belle Campground: 18 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Ryan Campground: 31 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Hidden Valley Campground: 44 sites.Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Indian Cove Campground: 101 sites. 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. 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. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.
    • Cottonwood Campground: 62 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis. 3 group sites. 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.

    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 - 10

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    gem Favorite Eastside or backside of Baker Dam facing N. Nice reflections in the water. Lots of people taking photos of each other.

    Barker Dam

    (27) Twentyn…, CA
    gem Favorite Droves of cholla are highlighted by the setting sun at Cholla Cactus Garden. Photo credit: NPS/Brad Sutton.

    Cholla Cactus Garden

    (30) Twentyn…, CA
    gem Favorite The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.

    Ryan Mountain

    (13) Twentyn…, CA
    gem Favorite Milky Way over Arch Rock

    Arch Rock

    (12) Twentyn…, CA
    gem Favorite Keys View sunset with friends.

    Keys View

    (19) Sky Valley, CA
    gem Favorite Face rock

    Skull Rock

    (23) Twentyn…, CA
    gem Favorite The mill on the Wall Street Mill Trail

    Wall Street Mill

    (7) Twentyn…, CA
    gem Favorite To preserve this historic area, visitors are limited to the National Park Service guided tours. Photo Credit: NPS/Lian Law.

    Keys Ranch

    (3) Twentyn…, CA
    gem Favorite A beautiful rock face to the north west of Ryan Ranch.

    Ryan Ranch

    (4) Twentyn…, CA
    gem Favorite Beginning of the Trail

    Cottonwood Spring Oasis

    (7) Indio, CA

    Featured Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park - 14

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    Favorite A sunset settles over the start of the Hidden Valley Nature Trail. Photo credit: NPS/Brad Sutton.
    Easy/Intermediate

    Hidden Valley Nature Trail

    1.0 mi 1.7 km • Loop • 112 ft Ascent 34.11 m Ascent

    (45) Twentyn…, CA
    Favorite The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.
    Intermediate

    Ryan Mountain Trail

    2.9 mi 4.7 km • Out and Back • 1,029 ft Ascent 313.74 m Ascent

    (47) Twentyn…, CA
    Favorite Eastside or backside of Baker Dam facing N. Nice reflections in the water. Lots of people taking photos of each other.
    Easy

    Barker Dam Nature Trail

    1.3 mi 2.1 km • Loop • 49 ft Ascent 14.81 m Ascent

    (35) Twentyn…, CA
    Favorite Lost palms are not lost any more. We have found them!
    Intermediate

    Lost Palms Oasis

    7.3 mi 11.8 km • Out and Back • 1,012 ft Ascent 308.33 m Ascent

    (21) Indio, CA
    Favorite In the spring, flowers bloom alongside the trail. It adds a little bit of color to the desert landscape.
    Intermediate

    Fortynine Palms Oasis Trail

    3.1 mi 5.0 km • Out and Back • 628 ft Ascent 191.54 m Ascent

    (17) Twentyn…, CA
    Favorite Dodge the Joshua Trees.
    Intermediate

    Lost Horse Mine Loop

    6.4 mi 10.4 km • Loop • 664 ft Ascent 202.44 m Ascent

    (22) Twentyn…, CA
    Favorite Joshua Tree National Park.
    Easy

    Wall Street Mill Trail

    2.3 mi 3.7 km • Out and Back • 79 ft Ascent 24.1 m Ascent

    (19) Twentyn…, CA
    Favorite Joshua Tree and its many rock formations, near Skull Rock.
    Easy

    Skull Rock Nature Trail

    1.8 mi 2.8 km • Loop • 147 ft Ascent 44.75 m Ascent

    (20) Twentyn…, CA

    Trails in Joshua Tree National Park - 110

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    37.6 mi 60.5 km #1California Riding and Hiking Trail
    Easy/Intermediate
    Yucca Valley, CA
    Easy/Intermediate
    37.6 mi 60.5 km Yucca Valley, CA
    8.3 mi 13.3 km #2Boy Scout Trail
    Easy/Intermediate
    Joshua Tree, CA
    Easy/Intermediate
    8.3 mi 13.3 km Joshua Tree, CA
    2.0 mi 3.2 km #3Split Rock Loop Trail
    Easy/Intermediate
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    Easy/Intermediate
    2.0 mi 3.2 km Twentynine Palms, CA 17 
    2.3 mi 3.7 km #4Willow Hole Trail
    Easy/Intermediate
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    Easy/Intermediate
    2.3 mi 3.7 km Twentynine Palms, CA
    7.1 mi 11.5 km #5Stubbe Springs Loop Trail
    Intermediate
    Sky Valley, CA
    Intermediate
    7.1 mi 11.5 km Sky Valley, CA
    4.9 mi 7.9 km #6West Side Loop Trail
    Intermediate
    Yucca Valley, CA
    Intermediate
    4.9 mi 7.9 km Yucca Valley, CA
    3.0 mi 4.8 km #7North View Trail
    Intermediate
    Joshua Tree, CA
    Intermediate
    3.0 mi 4.8 km Joshua Tree, CA
    2.5 mi 4.1 km #8Panorama Loop Trail
    Intermediate
    Yucca Valley, CA
    Intermediate
    2.5 mi 4.1 km Yucca Valley, CA
    3.2 mi 5.2 km #9Quail Springs Trail
    Easy/Intermediate
    Joshua Tree, CA
    Easy/Intermediate
    3.2 mi 5.2 km Joshua Tree, CA
    1.4 mi 2.3 km #10Mastodon Peak Trail
    Intermediate
    Indio, CA
    Intermediate
    1.4 mi 2.3 km Indio, CA
    2.1 mi 3.3 km #11Pine City Trail
    Easy/Intermediate
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    Easy/Intermediate
    2.1 mi 3.3 km Twentynine Palms, CA
    5.0 mi 8.1 km #12The Maze Loop Trail
    Intermediate
    Joshua Tree, CA
    Intermediate
    5.0 mi 8.1 km Joshua Tree, CA
    15.7 mi 25.3 km #13Berdoo Canyon Road
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    Intermediate/Difficult
    15.7 mi 25.3 km Twentynine Palms, CA
    10.6 mi 17.0 km #14Black Eagle Mine Road
    Intermediate
    Indio, CA
    Intermediate
    10.6 mi 17.0 km Indio, CA
    5.3 mi 8.5 km #15Eureka Peak Trail
    Intermediate
    Yucca Valley, CA
    Intermediate
    5.3 mi 8.5 km Yucca Valley, CA
    0.4 mi 0.6 km #16Warren Peak Trail
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Yucca Valley, CA
    Intermediate/Difficult
    0.4 mi 0.6 km Yucca Valley, CA
    1.5 mi 2.3 km #17Short Loop Trail
    Intermediate
    Yucca Valley, CA
    Intermediate
    1.5 mi 2.3 km Yucca Valley, CA
    1.9 mi 3.1 km #18Contact Mine
    Intermediate
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    Intermediate
    1.9 mi 3.1 km Twentynine Palms, CA
    0.6 mi 1.0 km #19Indian Cove Nature Trail
    Easy/Intermediate
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    Easy/Intermediate
    0.6 mi 1.0 km Twentynine Palms, CA
    5.0 mi 8.1 km #20Lost Horse Trail
    Easy/Intermediate
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    Easy/Intermediate
    5.0 mi 8.1 km Twentynine Palms, CA

    Photos of Joshua Tree National Park - 292

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    Milky Way over Arch Rock
    Feb 1, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA
    The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.
    Feb 23, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA
    Milky Way and Arch Rock
    Feb 1, 2018 near Twentyn…, CA
    The light fades on Ryan Mountain.
    Mar 28, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA
    Arch Rock!
    Mar 19, 2016 near Twentyn…, CA
    Joshua Tree and its many rock formations, near Skull Rock.
    May 26, 2016 near Twentyn…, CA
    Entering Black Rock Canyon
    Apr 22, 2018 near Yucca V…, CA
    To preserve this historic area, visitors are limited to the National Park Service guided tours. Photo Credit: NPS/Lian Law.
    May 25, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA

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