Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms
(4.7/5 based on 1,600+ reviews on the web)
Joshua Tree National Park offers a playground for hikers, bikers, climbers, and birders in a desert landscape carved by winds and sudden torrents of rain. The park features distinctive trees that to Mormon pioneers resembled the open arms of the prophet Joshua leading them to the promised land. A national monument since 1936 and a national park since 1994, it spreads over 3,199 km2 (1,235 sq mi). Take one of the 12 self-guided trails and you may stumble upon remnants of the gold mining era. The park is also known for camping, amateur astronomy, and stargazing. Backcountry camping is permitted with a few regulations. Three of the nine campgrounds provide water and flush toilets. Make sure to always carry water with you, even if only driving through. Add Joshua Tree National Park and other attractions to your Twentynine Palms trip itinerary using our Twentynine Palms itinerary maker.
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  • After driving up from LA, I knew we were getting close to Joshua Tree National Park, but it didn't seem like it. I had heard that JT was magical, beautiful landscapes, rocky desert, etc, but here were...  more »
  • Simply amazing!!! I was short on days. I'm surely going coming back but for at least 5 days and have the long trials. Totally worthy!!!! 
  • This place is breathtaking! So glad I decided to spend some time here while passing through Indian Wells. I recommend giving yourself at least a half day to explore, longer if you can. I witnessed a s...  more »
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  • Only spent a half a day here, but still, the landscape and scenery is extraordinary. Hiked out a ways to one of the rock piles that dot the area. Fun to climb on and explore. Place is huge and deserves at least a few days to grasp it at all.
  • Whoever said that there's nothing in the desert, has never been to Joshua Tree National Park. It's teeming with life and natural beauty. Go explore. Summer is arid, hot and crowded. Be sure to drive along highways 74 and 243 for creamy mountain roads, stunning vistas and lush forest.
  • A very unique national park. I personally don't find it to be one of the prettiest but none the less it has its own beauty and deserves it's status as a national park.
  • I knew about the Joshua trees before going to the park, but I didn't know it was also full of weird, rounded boulders. The strange rock formations are what I remembered most about Joshua Tree NP. We hiked up Mastodon Peak, which was a fun scramble on the rocks. We also went up Ryan mountain, which gave us a great view of the whole park. There seems to be something for everyone to do here. My wife and I also really enjoyed the trail through the cholla cactus forest. They're so cute but very dangerous.
  • Pristine wilderness, with a lot of outdoor activities. The best things are just sightseeing, which you can do easily from your car (which Californians prefer). If you decide to dive in to the landscape there are plenty of short, medium length, and very long trails. I went camping, which is free if you get a wilderness pass. Simply grab a permit and fill out the dates you're leaving, leave it in your car, park in a designated area and you're good to go. We camped in January so it was nearly freezing. You can't have a fire. But the stars and the moonlight were enough warmth. I love Joshua Tree. The surrounding areas are interesting too. We have the year pass, which costs only slightly more than a 1 time visit. So if you're going for 2 or 3 visits it pays itself off.