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THINGS TO DO IN CALIFORNIA

Joshua Tree National Park


Hours: 24/7       Open: Daily

About the national park

Joshua Tree National Park in Twentynine Palms, California is a beautiful park full of cacti, desert animals and its namesake: Joshua trees. Visitors love coming here to see the diverse ecosystem of California and to partake in outdoor activities. Roam across the 800,000-acre park with friends and family during any time of year. The entrance fee for the park is $30 for a vehicle, which lasts for the next six days, $25 for a motorcycle and $15 for a person on a bike or on foot. 

Be sure to bring your own food, as the park doesn't provide any, and lots of water. The park has bathrooms.
 Because some of the desert animals are dangerous and the cacti are harmful when touched, wear closed-toe shoes. You could also wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your face from the sun.

Activities

Despite how barren Joshua Tree National Park looks from afar, there are plenty of activities to do here to keep you busy. Some of the activities you can do include:

Visit one of the visitor centers

There are four visitor centers here, each with facilities open to visitors. There's the Oasis Visitor Center, Joshua Tree Visitor Center, Cottonwood Visitor Center and Black Rock Nature Center. If you're looking for a good book to read or a picnic table to have lunch, you can visit one of these centers. These centers also have flushing toilets and water.

Hiking

Some of the hikes you should try when visiting this national park are:
  • Barker Dam Nature Trail - easy, 1.3 miles
  • Lost Palms Oasis Trail - moderate, 7.2 miles
  • Skull Rock Nature Trail - easy, 1.7 miles
  • Split Rock Loop Trail - easy, 1.9 miles
  • Indian Cove loop - easy, .6 miles
  • West Side Loop - moderate, 4.7 miles
  • Ryan Mountain - difficult, 3 miles

Photography

The gorgeous desert landscape is a wonderful spot for work portraits or family photos. Or you can come here to take cute pictures with friends to post on social media.

Activities Cont.

Rock climbing

Joshua Tree National Park has over 8,000 climbing routes, so you and some buddies can spend all day climbing here. If you're a beginner to climbing, we recommend you take a class from someone who is permitted to climb in the park. When you're climbing, be sure to clean up after yourself, especially if you ate something with a wrapper.

Look at wildlife

There are a great variety of cool animals here for you to spot. While you're not allowed to feed the animals here, you can take interesting photos of them for fun. Some of the animals that live here include:
  • Dessert kangaroo rat
  • Long-tailed pocket mouse
  • Desert cottontail rabbit
  • Big brown bat
  • California black bear
  • Western spotted skunk
  • San Diego alligator lizard
  • Desert banded gecko
  • Brant
  • Double-crested cormorant
  • Northern harrier
  • California gull
  • Red-spotted toad

Guest Reviews

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Not to be missed

Joshua Tree National Park is not to be missed if you're able to stop by. You can take the family and kids or just as a couple go see this vast land of unique trees and mountains with beautiful massive rocks. You can go for a hike or for a picnic or just go to see what this wonder is all about. For sure it's a fun place to visit.

-Innovative Constructions, Google Reviews

Guest Reviews

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Not to be missed

Joshua Tree National Park is not to be missed if you're able to stop by. You can take the family and kids or just as a couple go see this vast land of unique trees and mountains with beautiful massive rocks. You can go for a hike or for a picnic or just go to see what this wonder is all about. For sure it's a fun place to visit.

-Innovative Constructions, Google Reviews

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Many things to see

Beautiful park and many things to see, but only in certain areas. Drive from the west side of the park to south side of the park. Bring food! No food at all in the park, but nice that they have lots of restrooms!! Enjoyed the hike on the Hidden Valley loop.

-Tena Storgaard, Google Reviews

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Spiritual place

Joshua Tree National Park is a beautiful and Spiritual place filled with wonder and awe. With it's ancient granite monoliths and one of a kind trees it truly provides a wonderland of climbing, hiking and camping year round. It is so in my very being that I have a son named after it.

-Steve Grant, Facebook

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Many things to see

Beautiful park and many things to see, but only in certain areas. Drive from the west side of the park to south side of the park. Bring food! No food at all in the park, but nice that they have lots of restrooms!! Enjoyed the hike on the Hidden Valley loop.

-Tena Storgaard, Google Reviews

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Spiritual place

Joshua Tree National Park is a beautiful and Spiritual place filled with wonder and awe. With it's ancient granite monoliths and one of a kind trees it truly provides a wonderland of climbing, hiking and camping year round. It is so in my very being that I have a son named after it.

-Steve Grant, Facebook

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