Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

JTNP Inside ScoopTwentynine Palms, California, is the 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 and Keys Ranch tours are just a few of the highlights the park offers. Two important features accessed directly from the west end of the city are the scenic trail to 49 Palms Oasis, which has its trailhead south of the highway on Canyon Road; and the entrance to Indian Cove, which contains a campground, amphitheater, rock climbing area, and access to the Boy Scout Trail into the park.

Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center
Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters & Oasis Visitor Center

74485 National Park Drive (at Utah Trail)
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760)367-5500  |

Oasis Visitor Center is open daily (9-5) and operated by the Joshua Tree National Park Association.
(760)367-5525  |

MAP: Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park MapHere 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, situated at the historic Oasis of Mara. 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. 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 550 campsites.

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

Keys Ranch in Joshua Tree National Park near 29 Palms, CAKEYS RANCH–Step back in time and experience life in the rugged frontier desert of the early 1900s with a Keys Ranch Tour. See the historic remnants of the Desert Queen Ranch where Bill and Frances Keys made a life and raised five children in the Hidden Valley area of what is now Joshua Tree National Park. Among the many ranger programs in the park, this is one of the most popular. Bring your camera! Tickets are required for the half-mile hike and 90-minute tour. Group size is limited to 25 people. See the Ranch Tour page on the park’s website for more information.

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.

LEAVE NO TRACE: While enjoying your visit, help minimize your impact by staying on designated paths, packing out litter, respecting other visitors and wildlife, and leaving natural and cultural resources as you find them.

Leave No Trace Seven Principles: 
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

© 1999 by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics: