Joshua Tree National Park
Where the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts Meet.
Within the boundaries of eastern California's Joshua Tree National Park, the Sonoran and Mojave deserts meet. In the higher Mojave portion of the national park, a forest of the strange Joshua Trees and a number of unique rock formations called Inselbergs are protected. In the lower Colorado portion, the Pinto Basin exhibits the typical plants of this hotter Sonoran Desert.
For all its harshness, the desert is a land of surprising variety and complexity, a land of extreme fragility. Viewed from the roadside, Joshua Tree National Park only hints at its hidden vitality. To the close observer, however, a tiny flower bud or the lizard's frantic dash reveals this desert park as a place of beauty and life.
Rates & Fees
Entrance Fee: January 3, 2017: The park entrance fee will be $25 for a single-vehicle permit, good for 7 days. The entrance fee for motorcycles will be $12. The fee per person on foot or bicycle will be $12.
Backcountry use is available, contact the park for more information. Vehicles are restricted
• Camping fees vary by campground.
• Keys Ranch Guided Walking Tour fees The tour costs $5.00 per person aged 12 and over and $2.50 for children 6 to 11. Children under six are admitted free. Closed in the summer.
Golden Age and Golden Access passport holders pay $2.50. These fees are in addition to the park entrance fee. There is also a $15.00 per car entrance fee good for a seven-day visit to the park.
Seasons / Hours
Joshua Tree National Park is open every day, year round. Oasis and Joshua Tree Visitor Centers are open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. Cottonwood Visitor Center is open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Black Rock Nature Center is open October through May, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM except on Fridays, when the hours are noon to 8:00 PM.
Oasis Visitor Center (north): At Route 62 in Twentynine Palms, just outside the park.
Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Open All Year 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Located one block south of Hwy 62 (Twentynine Palms Highway) on Park Boulevard in Joshua Tree Village. Picture at top of this page
Cottonwood Visitor Center (south): Just north of I-10 inside the park.
Black Rock Nature Center: Located in Black Rock Campground.
The Visitor Centers in have a museum and bookstore featuring books, maps cards and gifts.
Programs & Events
A variety of hikes, birding events, campfires, tours and other activities are conducted by park rangers regularly. Check with the Visitor Centers for schedules.
There are no services within the park. Food, gas and other supplies are available in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley.
The Visitor Centers are wheelchair accessible.
Articles about the park and things to do.
- The Joshua Tree
- Sheer Fear: Rock Climbing at Joshua Tree National Park
- Two-Desert Jeep Tour: Old Dale Road-Gold Crown Road
- Black Eagle Mine Road
- The Ryan Mountain Ruins
- Desert Queen Ranch Tour
- Hiking Juniper Flats at Joshua Tree National Park
- Bajada Nature Trail
- A Walk In The Desert
- Unique Rock Formations
- Hiking To The Lost Horse Mine
- Carey's Castle, a Joshua Tree mystery
- 4WD Backcountry Roads
- Oh what a day! Lara Hartley and Team DUSA go to Joshua Tree to find Barry Storm's Jade Mine.
- Day Trippin’ to
the Barry Storm Jade Mine in Joshua Tree National Park
Rules, Regulations, Precautions
- Because the park resources belong to all, no one may collect or disturb any animal, plant, rock, artifact or fossil within park boundaries.
- Joshua Tree National Park is a wildlife refuge. Do not feed or bother wild animals. They often carry diseases; some can also bite; others may be harmed by handling or moving. Do not reach into holes or burrows, and do not place hands or feet where you cannot see them.
- All vehicles -- four-wheel-drive, motorcycles, off-road and bicycles -- must remain on designated roads or parking lots. All motorized vehicles and their drivers must be properly licensed. All vehicles must have a muffler.
Firearms and Weapons
- Hunting is illegal. Use of weapons is prohibited within the park. Possession of a firearm or air-gun is prohibited unless it is unloaded and cased or otherwise packed to prevent use. Any implement designed to discharge missiles in the air (bow and arrow, crossbow, etc.) is also illegal.
- Camp only in designated locations. Be sure to make your camping plans well before sunset, for roadside camping is not permitted.
- Campfires are allowed only in fireplaces and portable stoves. Wood collecting -- dead or alive -- is prohibited throughout the park so bring or buy your own.
- Trash and waste must be placed in proper containers. Place a container under camper or trailer drains. Dump liquid waste, including dishwater, only at stations or restroom camper sinks.
- Pets must be leashed or confined at all times. Owners are responsible for picking up animal litter and depositing it in proper trash receptacles. Pets are not allowed in the backcountry, park trails, the Visitor Center or other public buildings.
- Never travel alone. Always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
- Be alert for flash floods when it looks stormy. Do not ford low places when water is running. Flood waters can undercut pavement or sweep a car from the road.
- Abandoned mines can be dangerous. Do not explore them without assurance they are safe. Forgotten caches of explosives are sometimes found; do not touch them, but report them to park rangers immediately. Vertical shafts are invisible from within dark tunnels, and wooden supports can give way at any time, both of which could be fatal.
- Carry plenty of water -- one gallon per day per person -- and drink it!
- Wear comfortable, sturdy footwear and a hat; use sunscreen.
- If your vehicle breaks down, stay with it. It is much easier to find a vehicle than a wandering person.
Joshua Tree National Park
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
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