Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms

4.8
#1 of 44 in Parks in California Desert
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. Make Joshua Tree National Park part of your personalized Twentynine Palms itinerary using our Twentynine Palms trip planner .
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  • Joshua Tree is like no other place on earth. I've been there two times now and I still have more that I want to do and see. One day is not enough, so if you come out this way, be sure to have a good p...  more »
  • Enjoyed our visit with the family in early Jan. Blessed with great weather at this diverse park. We spend two days in the park and it really helps to stay at a near by hotel. Our hotel was close to th...  more »
  • I drove from the south to the north, looking in disbelief at the desert and it’s beauty. What a fantastic place, with Cholla and Yuca cactus, huge, jumbo boulders. The Joshua trees are so interesting,...  more »

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