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  • Joshua Tree National Park, California

    Joshua Tree National Park is located in the Mojave Desert in southeastern California. The park gets its namesake from Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia), which are native to the area. The rock formations, climbing, and camping make this national park an incredible destination. Please remember to practice Leave No Trace principles and enjoy this area respectfully and responsibly. Contact number for the park's visitor's center: 760-367-5500

    Top Spots in and near Joshua Tree National Park

    • Riverside County, California

      Photograph the Cholla Cactus Gardens

      4.4
      0.25 mi / 0 ft gain
      The Cholla Cactus Garden is something everyone can appreciate and enjoy. The trail is in total about a 0.25 loop, but you are certainly free to wander around more. Plan on spending at least 30 minutes to an hour enjoying the scenery. If you are a photographer, you will be enthralled by the light...
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    • Riverside County, California

      Backcountry Camp in Joshua Tree

      5.0
      2 mi
      Backcountry camping can be done at various locations throughout the park (13 different locations). Upon arrival to the park, you will be given a map and can backcountry camp from any of the locations marked with a "B".At these locations you will find a backcountry registration board. It's extrem...
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    • Riverside County, California

      Night Shoot at Arch Rock

      4.7
      If you're setting up camp, be sure to check out White Tank Campground, which is home to one of the most epic rock formations. The Arch is located here. It's only about 1/2 round trip of walking to this spot. Geology Tour Road offers some flat wide open views of Joshua Trees in all directions. If ...
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    • Riverside County, California

      Camp at Joshua Tree's White Tank Campground

      5.0
      White Tank Campground is in the perfect spot to get a taste of all that Joshua Tree has to offer. As a central location to nearby hiking and climbing, it is easy to access the various parts of the park. Removed from the border of the park, White Tank doesn't attract as many visitors as the more p...
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    • Twentynine Palms, California

      Camp at Cottonwood Campground in Joshua Tree NP

      The Cottonwood Campground is roughly 40 minutes south of the main attractions in Joshua Tree on Pinyon Canyon Rd and is located right next to the visitor center The biggest advantage of this site is that it is less popular than many of the other sites in Joshua Tree. It also has potable water and...
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    • Twentynine Palms, California

      Hike the Mastadon Peak Loop

      5.0
      2.3 mi / 331 ft gain
      The trail is typically used for hiking, nature trips, and trail running. There are lots of opportunities to see desert plants and flowers. On clear days, you can see the Salton Sea. There is an old mine to explore from the outside, as the entrance has been sealed.  If you plan on going to the top...
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    • Twentynine Palms, California

      Arch Rock Nature Trail

      4.3
      1.24 mi / 92 ft gain
      This is a rock formation very popular with young crowds at Joshua Tree. The views from this hike are spectacular. If you hike this trail at sunset, the gorgeous colors of the ski are reflected onto the rocks.  There is a plaque along the trail detailing rock formations and facts about the parks ...
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    • Twentynine Palms, California

      Explore Cottonwood Spring

      Just east of the Cottonwood Visitor Center. This scenic spot provides access to cottonwood spring. The spring is a short walk down from the parking lot, and was formed from earthquakes! It was a popular spot for natives and settlers to gather water back in the day. As you approach the springs you...
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    • Riverside County, California

      Camp at Joshua Tree's Jumbo Rocks

      4.8
      Set your tent up next to a wall of tall boulders. This campground can offer a little shade, which is key especially during the warmer months. At the campground, there are 124 first-come, first-serve sites for $10 per night. Each campsite comes available with a picnic table and fire ring. The camp...
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    • Twentynine Palms, California

      Skull Rock Trail at Joshua Tree National Park

      5.0
      1.7 mi / 131 ft gain
      You can park at the Jumbo Rocks Campground to start this quick hike. There are two parking locations for this campground and it will be easiest if you use the first one you see, rather than going farther off the road and right next to the campsites. To start the hike, start going north and immedi...
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    • Twentynine Palms, California

      Split Rock Loop

      1.94 mi / 220 ft gain
      Starting out at the Split Rock Trail parking lot, you'll see Split Rock, which might be the most visited boulder in the park. Everyone makes a visit to it and while it is absolutely amazing, it's great to take the hour or two to wander around to more amazing scenery.  Immediately upon starting t...
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    • Riverside County, California

      Dispersed Camp at Old Dale Mining District

      5.0
      It can be a pain to try and camp in Joshua Tree. Most of the sites get reserved way in advance and if you are looking for privacy or a quiet area, it's not going to happen.  But you can camp outside the park on BLM land and there is a great place to do this, it's called Old Dale Mining district. ...
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    • Twentynine Palms, California

      Desert Queen Mine and Eagle Cliff Boulder House

      3.41 mi / 656 ft gain
      This is a great trail and arguably, entering the mines is the coolest part. Bring a headlamp so you can see down tunnels. As you go past the giant boulders on the right, you enter a nice microclimate of cooler air and scrubby oak trees. Don't forget to look up - you'll see lots of erosion on the ...
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    • Riverside County, California

      Hike to Lost Horse Mine

      4.09 mi / 545 ft gain
      To get to the trailhead, take Key's View Road from Park Blvd for around 2.5 miles and turn left onto a dirt road. The trailhead is at the end of this road. From here, you have the option to do the 6.1 mile loop or the 4 mile roundtrip out and back. This trail takes you through a beautiful desert ...
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    • Riverside County, California

      Winter Hike to Ryan Mountain

      2.86 mi / 1056 ft gain
      Hike starts at the base of Ryan Mountain. The trail runs along side the mountain, offering great views overlooking Joshua Tree. Once you hit the summit, you'll get great panormaic views of the national park as the top of Ryan Mountain is at an elevation of 5457ft. The trail is open during all se...
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    • Riverside County, California

      Hike Ryan Mountain

      4.8
      2.86 mi / 1056 ft gain
      One of the most prominent peaks in Joshua Tree National Park in Ryan Mountain. It's centrally located rising to a total of 5,456 feet above the valley floor. The trail to the peak is a moderate hike with a little over 1,000 feet elevation gain with panoramic views of Lost Horse Valley, Queen Vall...
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    Camping and Lodging in Joshua Tree National Park

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    Palm Springs / Joshua Tree KOA Holiday
    Riverside County, California

    Palm Springs / Joshua Tree KOA Holiday

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Joshua Tree National Park

    24 Hours in Joshua Tree National Park

    24 Hours in Joshua Tree National Park

    Holly Mandarich

    My First Trip Down to Joshua Tree National Park

    My First Trip Down to Joshua Tree National Park

    Benjamin Canevari

    Southern California's Off-Season Gems: Mojave, Death Valley, Alabama Hills, and Joshua Tree

    Southern California's Off-Season Gems: Mojave, Death Valley, Alabama Hills, and Joshua Tree

    Tyler McKay

    A Beginner's Climbing Guide to Joshua Tree

    A Beginner's Climbing Guide to Joshua Tree

    Sarah Horn

    Two Native-owned and -operated organizations to support in CA

    Two Native-owned and -operated organizations to support in CA

    The Outbound Collective

    Photo Essay: One Day in Joshua Tree National Park

    Photo Essay: One Day in Joshua Tree National Park

    Kevin Tangney