Joshua Tree National Park Travel Guide

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Plan Your Joshua Tree National Park Vacation

Ruggedly beautiful desert scenery attracts more than a million visitors each year to Joshua Tree National Park, one of the last great wildernesses in the continental United States. Its mountains support mounds of enormous boulders and jagged rock; natural cactus gardens and lush oases shaded by tall fan palms mark the meeting place of the Mojave (high) and Sonora (low) deserts. Extensive stands of Joshua trees gave the park its name; the plants (members of the yucca family of shrubs) reminded Mormon pioneers of the biblical Joshua, with their thick, stubby branches representing the prophet raising his arms toward heaven.

Hotels

Joshua Tree National Park Hotels

Lodging choices in the Joshua Tree National Park area are limited to a few motels, chain hotels, and a luxury... read more

Restaurants

Joshua Tree National Park Restaurants

Dining options in the gateway towns around Joshua Tree National Park are extremely limited—you'll mostly find fast-food... read more

Things To Do

Things To Do in Joshua Tree National Park

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