Joshua Tree National Park Sights

You can experience Joshua Tree National Park on several levels. Even on a short excursion along Park Boulevard between the Joshua Tree entrance station and Oasis of Mara, you'll see some of the best desert scenery in North America—including a staggering abundance of flora visible along a dozen self-guided nature trails. You'll also see remnants of homesteads from a century ago, now mostly abandoned

and wind-worn. If rock climbing is your passion, this is the place for you; boulder-strewn mountaintops and slopes beckon. But in the end, Joshua Tree National Park is a pristine wilderness where you can enjoy a solitary stroll along an animal trail and commune with nature. Be sure to take some time to explore on your own and enjoy the peace and quiet.

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Live Oak

  • Restaurant–Sight

Tucked among piles of boulders, this picnic area in the midst of interesting rock formations is near a stand of Joshua trees. ...

Lost Horse Mine

  • Mine

This historic mine, which produced 10,000 ounces of gold and 16,000 ounces of silver between 1894 and 1931, was among Southern California's...

Lost Palms Oasis

  • Trail/Path

More than 100 fan palms comprise the largest group of the exotic plants in the park. A spring bubbles from between the rocks, but disappears...

Oasis Visitor Center

  • Information Center

Exhibits here illustrate how Joshua Tree was formed, reveal the differences between the park's two types of desert, and demonstrate how...

Ocotillo Patch

  • Garden/Arboretum

Stop here for a roadside exhibit on the dramatic display made by the red-tipped succulent after even the shortest rain shower. ...

Park Boulevard

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

If you have time only for a short visit, driving Park Boulevard is your best choice. Traversing the most scenic portions of Joshua Tree,...

Pinto Basin Road

  • Scenic Drive/Tour

This paved road takes you from high Mojave desert to low Colorado desert. A long, slow drive, the route runs from the main part of the...


  • Educational Institution

At Joshua Tree National Park you can tour the Milky Way on summer evenings using binoculars. Rangers also offer programs on some evenings...

The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

  • Educational Institution

This organization offers a full schedule of educational lectures on topics such as the birds of Joshua Tree National Park, hiking, gourmet...

Trail Discovery

  • Tour–Sight

You can get a full day of exploring Joshua Tree with Trail Discovery, along with information on the park's plants, animals, geography,...


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