Joshua Tree National Park

Twentynine Palms, California, is the north (main) entrance to Joshua Tree National Park and home of Park Headquarters and Oasis Visitor Center. The park’s nearly 800,000 scenic acres contain a rich cultural history, surreal geologic features, monolithic rock formations, ancient Joshua trees, spring wildflowers, and abundant desert flora and fauna. World-class rock climbing, bouldering, hiking, camping, historical mine sites, ranger programs at jtnp and Keys Ranch tours are just a few of the highlights the park offers.


Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters & Oasis Visitor Center

74485 National Park Drive (at Utah Trail)
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760)367-5500  |  www.nps.gov/jotr

The park’s Oasis Visitor Center is open daily (9-5) and operated by the Joshua Tree National Park Association.
(760)367-5525  |  www.joshuatree.org

MAP: Joshua Tree National Park

Here in the heart of downtown Twentynine Palms, California, our scenic National Park Drive leads visitors south 1 mile from 29 Palms Hwy. to Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters and Oasis Visitor Center. A few minutes further up the road lies the north entrance to this magnificent national park, where quail, roadrunners, and coyote coexist with monolithic granite boulders, a variety of cacti, and forests of Joshua trees.

Joshua Tree National Park is known worldwide for its spectacular desert and mountain views, excellent rock climbing, bouldering, hiking trails, wildlife, rock formations, and iconic Joshua trees.

The nearly 800,000-acre Joshua Tree National Park encompasses two diverse ecosystems, primarily determined by elevation: the Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert. Here in the Mojave section, slightly higher, cooler and wetter, is the habitat of the undisciplined Joshua tree, which gave the park its name. It is said that Mormon visitors to the area in the 1800s, seeing groves of immature two-armed plants, likened them to the biblical Joshua reaching up to God.The park may be visited year round; each season demonstrates a different personality. Visitor centers, ranger stations, entrances and wayside exhibits are located along main roads leading into and through the park. Rangers are on hand to help ensure an enjoyable, safe visit and to provide information about weather and road conditions, back country use, wildlife, and camping in the more than 550 campsites.

There are ranger activities such as walks, hikes, campfire talks, and tours of park sites like the historic Desert Queen Ranch of the early 1900s gold mining era. Picnic areas are available for day use only. Those who prefer to motor through will drive along well-maintained paved roads.

Visitors are cautioned to carry plenty of water and to be aware of canyons and washes where flash floods can occur after sudden rainstorms. Most important–while boulder piles are attractive to children and tempting for rock scrambling, weathering can cause loosening of the rock particles.

For more information about the park: Joshua Tree National Park, 74485 National Park Drive, 29 Palms, CA 92277, (760) 367-5500, or visit the Joshua Tree National Park website.

As of June 1, 2018, Entrance fees for Joshua Tree National Park are: $30/vehicle, $25/motorcycle, $55/annual pass. Also, the annual America the Beautiful National Parks pass (for all parks) and the Lifetime Senior Pass are available for $80.