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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Barker Dam

  • Dam

Built around 1900 by ranchers and miners to hold water for cattle and mining operations, the dam now collects rainwater and is a good...

Big Wheel Tours

  • Tour–Sight

Based in Palm Desert, Big Wheel Tours offers van excursions, Jeep tours, and hiking trips through the park. Pickups are available at...

Black Rock Canyon

  • Canyon

Set among Joshua trees, pinyon pines, and junipers, this popular picnic area has barbecue grills and drinking water. It's one of the...

Cholla Cactus Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

This stand of bigelow cholla (sometimes called jumping cholla, since its hooked spines seem to jump at you) is best seen and photographed...

Cottonwood Spring

  • Native American Site

Home to the native Cahuilla people for centuries, this spring provided water for travelers and early prospectors. The area, which supports...

Cottonwood Spring

  • Restaurant–Sight

Shady trees make this a pleasant place to picnic. It has drinking water and restrooms with flush toilets. ...

Cottonwood Visitor Center

  • Information Center

Exhibits in this small center, staffed by rangers and volunteers, illustrate the region's natural history. The center also has restrooms.

Covington Flats

  • Restaurant–Sight

This is a great place to get away from crowds. There's just one table, and it's surrounded by flat, open desert dotted here and there...

Evening Programs

  • Tour–Sight

Rangers present hour-long lectures, usually on Friday or Saturday evening, at Black Rock Canyon Nature Center, Cottonwood Amphitheater,...

Fortynine Palms Oasis

  • Native American Site

A short drive off Highway 62, this site is a bit of a preview of what the park's interior has to offer: stands of fan palms, interesting...


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