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

Golden Bee Mine Trail

Riverside County, California

4.32 mi / 860 ft gain

Photograph the Cholla Cactus Gardens at Sunrise or Sunset

Riverside County, California

0.25 mi

Pinto Mountain Trail

Riverside County, California

10.67 mi / 2894 ft gain

Golden Bell and Eldorado Mine Trail

Riverside County, California

1.98 mi / 423 ft gain

Ruby Lee Mill Site and Porcupine Wash Loop

Riverside County, California

8.6 mi / 873 ft gain

Old Dale Road: Pinto Basin Road to Route 62

Twentynine Palms, California

25.91 mi / 758 ft gain

Backcountry Camp in Joshua Tree

Riverside County, California

2 mi

Monument Mountain from Pinkham Canyon Trailhead

Twentynine Palms, California

13.54 mi / 1831 ft gain

Pinkham Canyon OHV Road

Twentynine Palms, California

19.31 mi / 351 ft gain

Places to stay

Twentynine Palms, California

Cottonwood Campground (Ca)

From $20 / night

Unnamed Road

Sheep Pass Group

From $40 / night

Unnamed Road

Jumbo Rocks Campground

From $15 / night

Indio, California

Posh Terra Lago Home | Fireplace & Private Pool

From $337 / night

84269 Canzone Drive, California

Lakefront Resort Gem with Private Swim Spa | Golf

From $325 / night

Desert Hot Springs, California

Painted Hills Desert Retreat | 5-Acre Compound with Heated Pool

From $661 / night

Guides and stories

24 Hours in Joshua Tree National Park

Holly Mandarich

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

Tyler McKay

A Beginner's Climbing Guide to Joshua Tree

Sarah Horn

Photo Essay: One Day in Joshua Tree National Park

Kevin Tangney

5 Things to Know Before Adventuring in Joshua Tree National Park

Brynn Schmidt

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