Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms

Categories: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.7/5 based on 1,400+ 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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  • Our plans suddenly changed and LA became our day's destination. No time to hike but stopped for pictures during our 1.5 hour drive thru the Joshua Tree National Park. Nice camping spots and great scen...  read more »
  • I was for the first time in the Joshua Tree National Park, sure but not the last time. We decided without great knowledge, and look at this park. I can only recommend to take enough water and fuel. The Park can be done by two sides, we came from the South. Walks are possible during the summer months but tend not to recommend. Otherwise, the Park offers a variety of types of cacti and endless nature, which applies to marvel at it. The calm that prevails, is impressive. The absolute highlight is the small "Cactus forest", through which there is a guided tour. For those who are planning a trip in the South, I highly recommend the Park. You again.
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  • If you are from the East Coast and have never really experienced the Desert, especially the High Desert, then a trip into Joshua Tree is a must go! Learning about the Eco Systems and vegetation that a...  read more »
  • 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.
  • This national park is probably one of our states many treasures. It's $20 to enter, $30 for an annual pass, and if you happen to be military personnel you get an annual pass for free if you show your ID. To drive through the entire park without stopping takes 45 minutes. There are several places to stop and wander around, some marked and unmarked trails. The trails are fairly easy until you get to rocks and boulders. It's perfect for families, groups, tourists, and all else in between. Bring sun block, water, a hat, and good shoes that you don't mind getting full of dirt. There are tons of bathrooms all over (some worse off than others...we stopped at one by Split Rock and there was a swarm of bees around the entrance). I was with a friend and her two little ones and it was super easy to get around, we didn't have the opportunity to really explore. I can't wait to return and explore this park even more. So worth the 3 hour trip from Los Angeles!!!
  • There is no more beautiful of a desert in California. This is a real gem. The annual pass pays for itself after the second visit. Bouldering is huge here as is rock climbing. Enjoy the beautiful night sky on a clear day and you will be happy you withstood the heat.
  • One of the more stunning places I've camped in my life. The monstrosity of the boulders there is sometimes hard to fathom. Some of the joshua trees there are HUGE! It takes a long time for them to grow so large. Doesn't matter if you have kids or not, make sure you bring plenty of water. The high desert (particularly in the summer months) will wick the water straight out of your body. As a side note, I'd like to ask anyone that reads this review to please care for your environment. If you find trash lying around, please pick it up and bring it to the nearest waste bin.
  • Stayed at Jumbo Rocks. I never thought I could love the desert this much. I had such an amazing experience camping in Joshua Tree!! The weather was perfect, the company was fantastic. We all went out to an abandoned mine, I hiked away from our group and found this wide open expanse and meditated on a rock until Regis, my friend's beagle, discovered me. I highly recommend camping here for a few days to take in the vastness.
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