The nature trails at Cap Rock and the Oasis of Mara are accessible. An assistive listening system is available for use during ranger programs with prior notice.
Plan your trip and the areas you would like to see and then go and relax and make a day of it. Go and see all that is in the area and enjoy it. You spend more quality time and learn and see more than you could ever imagine.
Bicycling is permitted on public roads, both paved and dirt. There are no bicycle paths along roads. Bikes are prohibited on backcountry and nature trails.
See the Sights Page for Biking Roads.
There are nine campgrounds in the park. There are all open year round. Six of the nine are available on a first-come first-serve basis. All of the campgrounds have tables and fire grates. There are picnic sites near the campgrounds.
See on the Camping Page for more information.
|Private Non-commercial Vehicle||$ 10.00 (Seven Day Pass)|
|Individual Entry (Bike, Foot)||$ 5.00 (Seven Day Pass)|
|Annual Pass||$ 25.00 (Season)|
|Gold Access Passport (Blind or permanently disabled individuals)||Free (Lifetime - good in all national parks)|
|Golden Age Passport (one time fee - for those 62+ years young)||$ 10.00 (Lifetime - good in all national parks)|
|Golden Eagle Passport (good one year from date of purchase)||$ 50.00 (good in all national parks)|
Golden Access Passport
The Golden Access Passport is a free pass available to all permanent U.S. residents who are eligible to receive federal benefits based on disability, whether or not you are actually receiving them or not. This pass entitles the bearer, and immediate family or accompanying passengers in a private vehicle, to free admission to all U.S. National Parks, Monuments, Forests, and Historic Sites, as well as half price camping. Apply in person at any National Park Service or U.S. Forest Service area.
Food / Supplies
Food and supplies are available in Twentynine Palms, Joshua Tree, and Yucca Valley.
Joshua Tree National Park is one of America's best climbing sites, especially in the winter. The park's natural walls feature the sharp edges, cracks and high friction that experienced climbers favor. There are also routes of varying difficulty.
Thirty-five miles of the California Riding and Hiking Trail pass through the park. Two to three days are required to hike the entire length of the trail but shorter hikes of 4, 6.7, or 11 miles (6.4, 10.7, or 17.6 km) are possible. Additional information on hikes in the park is available at park visitor centers.
See the Hiking Page and Sights Page for more information.
There is no lodging in the park. There are many hotels in nearby Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms. There are nine campgrounds in the park. There are all open year round.
See the Lodging Page and Camping Page for more details.
Backcountry camping and stock camping permits are required.
While pets are allowed in the park, their activities are quite restricted. They must be on a leash at all times, they must never be left unattended -- not even in a vehicle, and they are prohibited on trails.
Program and Activities
Visitor centers, ranger stations, entrance stations, and wayside exhibits are located along main roads leading into and through the park. These provide you with opportunities to acquaint yourself with park resources. Publications about the park are sold by the Joshua Tree Natural History Association at visitor centers.
Park rangers are at the park to help you have an enjoyable, safe visit. Detailed information on weather, road conditions, backcountry use, campgrounds, and regulations may be obtained at visitor centers or entrance stations.
Walks, hikes, and campfire talks are conducted chiefly in the spring and fall; information is posted on campground bulletin boards, at ranger stations, and at visitor centers. Ranger conducted activities can increase your enjoyment and understanding of the park.
See the Calendar Page for more information.
The Oasis Visitor Center is located at the Twentynine Palms entrance. The Cottonwood Visitor Center is at the south entrance. The Black Rock Canyon Visitor Center is at the campground southeast of Yucca Valley.
See the Calendar Page for more information.
Days are typically clear with less than 25% humidity.
Spring and Fall - Temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average of 85�F and low of 50�F.
Summer - Summers are hot, over--sometimes well over--100�F during the day and not cooling much below 75�F until the early hours of the morning.
Winter - Winter brings cooler days, around 60�F, and 32�F nights. In occasionally snows at higher elevations.
See the Weather Page for current conditions, forecasts and other weather data.
Wildlife and Wildflowers
Desert wildlife and flowers abound in this area. See the Sights Page for details.
Activity & Calendar Page
Address, Email & Phone Guide
Biking & Four Wheeling
Brochures, Maps, Written Info
California Riding & Hiking Trail
Jobs, SCA, Volunteer Positions
Junior Ranger Programs
Life in the Desert
Size & Visitation Info
The Desert Fan Palm
Wildflower Blooming Guide
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