Joshua Tree National Park

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  • 1. Keys Ranch


    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...Read More

  • 2. Keys Ranch Tour


    A guide takes you through the former home of a family that homesteaded here for 60 years. In addition to the ranch, a workshop, store, and...Read More

  • 3. Keys View

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    At 5,185 feet, this point affords a sweeping view of the Santa Rosa Mountains and Coachella Valley, the San Andreas Fault, the peak of 11,500...Read More

  • 4. Barker 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 place...Read More

  • 5. Big Wheel Tours


    Based in Palm Desert, Big Wheel Tours offers van excursions, jeep tours, and hiking trips through the park. Bicycle tours (road and mountain...Read More

  • 6. Black Rock Canyon


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

  • 7. Cholla Cactus Garden


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

  • 8. 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 a...Read More

  • 9. Cottonwood Spring


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

  • 10. Cottonwood Visitor Center

    Information Center

    The south entrance is the closest to Interstate 10, the east–west highway from Los Angeles to Phoenix. Exhibits in this small center, staffed...Read More

  • 11. Covington Flats


    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 by Joshua...Read More

  • 12. Evening Programs


    Rangers present 45-minute-long programs, often on Friday or Saturday evening, at Cottonwood Amphitheater, Indian Cove Amphitheater, and Jumbo...Read More

  • 13. 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 petroglyphs...Read More

  • 14. Geology Tour Road

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Some of the park's most fascinating landscapes can be observed from this 18-mile dirt road. Parts of the journey are rough; a 4X4 vehicle is...Read More

  • 15. Hidden Valley

    Geological Site

    This legendary cattle-rustlers’ hideout is set among big boulders along a 1-mile loop trail. Kids love to scramble on and around the rocks....Read More

  • 16. Hidden Valley


    Set among huge rock formations, with picnic tables shaded by dense trees, this is one of the most pleasant places in the park to stop for lunch. ...Read More

  • 17. Joshua Tree Visitor Center

    Information Center

    This visitor center has maps and interesting exhibits illustrating park geology, cultural and historic sites, and hiking and rock-climbing activities...Read More

  • 18. Live Oak


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

  • 19. Lost Horse 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...Read More

  • 20. Lost Palms Oasis


    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...Read More

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