Joshua Tree National Park Sights

Keys Ranch

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Updated 05/04/2015

Fodor's Review

This 150-acre ranch, which once belonged to William and Frances Keys and is now on the National Historic Register, illustrates one of the area's most successful attempts at homesteading. The couple raised five children under extreme desert conditions. Most of the original buildings, including the house, school, store, and workshop, have been restored to the way they were when William died in 1969. The only way to see the ranch is on one of the 90-minute walking tours usually offered Friday-Sunday, October to May; advance reservations recommended.

Sight Information


2 miles north of Barker Dam Rd., Joshua Tree National Park, California, 92277, United States




Sight Details:

  • $5, available at visitor centers
  • Oct.–May, Fri. and Sat. at 2, Sun. at 10 am

Updated 05/04/2015


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