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Joshua Tree National Park

Giant boulders, rugged mountains, eccentric trees, and wide-open sky-scapes are just some of the natural wonders you’ll encounter in abundance on a trip to this remarkable national park. It’s namesake, the Joshua Tree, makes for quite the vegetative spectacle all on it’s own with winding, twisting trunks and spiky outstretched branches. These spiny specimens dot the landscape in the higher elevations of the park. Venture further inside the park boundaries and you’ll be rewarded with an epic and sprawling wonderland of natural features to ogle over. The park exists at a unique ecological crossroads where the flora and fauna of the high Mojave Desert meet that of the low Colorado Desert. The landscapes at Joshua Tree are as vast and varied as the many options visitors have for outdoor recreation within it’s 1,235 square mile area. Outcroppings and patches of boulders large and small are piled throughout the rugged desert scenery. These rock “piles” represent more nooks and crannies than hikers, rock climbers, and birders alike could explore in a lifetime.


  • 191 miles of hiking trails and 32 trailheads are waiting to be explored.
  • The varied system of more than 8,000 defined climbing routes make Joshua Tree a climber’s paradise.
  • 253 miles of horse trails traverse canyon bottoms, open spaces, and dry washes.
  • Incredible rock formations and jumbo sized boulders throughout the entire park are free game for wondering on and around.
  • Get off the beaten path. Mountain bikes and 4-wheel drive vehicles are welcome in the park.
  • Bring your camera! Skull Rock and the Cholla Cactus Garden are a must see/ must photograph.
  • Innumerable rocky perches make for ideal spots to catch unbelievably colorful desert sunsets.
  • 3 visitor centers scattered around the park are excellent resource centers to plan an activity-full day trip.
  • Car campgrounds and group sites offer unique opportunities to camp among the many rock formations and boulders in Joshua Tree.
  • Plan your visit in the spring to experience the world-famous wildflower blooms.

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