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387 mi 622 km of trail 8 Featured Runs

Gems 10 Gems Easy Trails 92 Trails Intermediate Trails 31 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

Joshua Tree National Park boasts an impressive, vast, and unique landscape. Its 800,000 acres encompass two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado. Visitors will find some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California’s deserts, ranging from rugged mountains of twisted rock to exposed granite monoliths that testify to the tremendous earth forces that shaped and formed this land. Playas, arroyos, bajadas, alluvial fans, pediments, desert varnish, granites, aplite, and gneiss interact to form a giant mosaic of stunning beauty and complexity. A fascinating variety of plants and animals also make their home in this land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Come explore for yourself!

To learn more about Joshua Tree National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
  • Joshua Tree Visitor Center: Open 8 am to 5 pm, daily.
  • Oasis Visitor Center: Open 8:30 am to 5 pm, daily.
  • Cottonwoood Visitor Center: Open 8:30 am to 4 pm, daily.
  • Black Rock Nature Center: Open 8 am to 4 pm, October through May.

Visiting Tips

Joshua Tree National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Visitation typically increases during the more moderate temperatures in the fall, peaks during the spring wildflower season, and declines during the heat of summer.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.
  • Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80
  • Camping & Lodging

    Camping:
    There are nine campgrounds located in the park. Most campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. During the busy season from October through May, reservations may be made for individual or family sites at Black Rock and Indian Cove Campgrounds. Group campsites should be reserved in advance. It is very likely for campgrounds to fill on weekends from fall through spring. To learn more about camping in the park, visit the park's website.

    • White Tank Campground: 15 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Jumbo Rocks Campground: 124 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Belle Campground: 18 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Ryan Campground: 31 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Hidden Valley Campground: 44 sites.Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Indian Cove Campground: 101 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis June - September.
    • Reservations can be made October - May, online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.
    • Black Rock Campground: 99 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis June - September. Reservations can be made October - May, online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.
    • Sheep Pass Group Campground: 6 sites. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.
    • Cottonwood Campground: 62 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis. 3 group sites. Reservations for group campsites can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.

    Backcountry Camping:
    Backcountry camping is also an option for those looking to extend their stay in the park. Visit the park's website to learn more about backcountry camping rules and regulations.

    Lodging:
    There is no lodging available within Joshua Tree National Park. However, there are many options in the nearby towns. For more, information click here.

    Food & Drink

    There are no restaurants or grocery stores located in the park. A variety of dining options can be found in the nearby towns of 29 Palms, Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, and Indio.

    Other Activities

    Joshua Tree National Park is home to a multitude of outdoor activities. Recreational opportunities include backpacking, camping, bird-watching, horseback riding, photography, stargazing, and wildflower viewing. No matter your interest, this beautiful desert park is sure to exceed your expectations whether you're planning your first visit to a national park or your fiftieth. Additionally, be sure to check out the world-class rock climbing and bouldering in the park. For those looking to extend their adventure beyond the park, check out the opportunities for mountain biking up the road in Palm Springs.

    Maps & Guidebooks

    To download a variety of free maps and brochures to help plan your trip, click here.

    Areas Within Joshua Tree National Park

    Gems in Joshua Tree National Park - 10

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    Featured Runs in Joshua Tree National Park - 8

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    Favorite A sunset settles over the start of the Hidden Valley Nature Trail. Photo credit: NPS/Brad Sutton.

    Hidden Valley Nature Trail

    1.0 mi 1.7 km • Loop • 112 ft Ascent 34.11 m Ascent

    Doubletrack Twentynine Palms, CA

    ( 43 )
    Favorite The clouds erupt in wonderful colors as we reach the summit of Mt. Ryan.

    Ryan Mountain Trail

    2.9 mi 4.7 km • Out and Back • 1,029 ft Ascent 313.74 m Ascent

    Singletrack Twentynine Palms, CA

    ( 46 )
    Favorite Beginning of the Trail

    Lost Palms Oasis

    7.3 mi 11.8 km • Out and Back • 1,012 ft Ascent 308.33 m Ascent

    Singletrack Indio, CA

    ( 21 )
    Favorite In the spring, flowers bloom alongside the trail. It adds a little bit of color to the desert landscape.

    49 Palms Oasis Trail

    3.1 mi 5.0 km • Out and Back • 628 ft Ascent 191.54 m Ascent

    Singletrack Twentynine Palms, CA

    ( 17 )
    Favorite Joshua Tree National Park

    Wall Street Mill Trail

    2.3 mi 3.7 km • Out and Back • 79 ft Ascent 24.1 m Ascent

    Singletrack Twentynine Palms, CA

    ( 19 )
    Favorite Skull Rock peeks up through the surrounding boulders. Photo credit: NPS/Robb Hannawacker.

    Skull Rock Nature Trail

    1.8 mi 2.8 km • Loop • 147 ft Ascent 44.75 m Ascent

    Singletrack Twentynine Palms, CA

    ( 19 )
    Favorite The view from Warren Peak looks out over Palm Springs.

    Warren Peak Out-and-Back

    5.8 mi 9.4 km • Out and Back • 1,116 ft Ascent 340.07 m Ascent

    Singletrack Yucca Valley, CA

    ( 8 )
    Favorite Beautiful Vista at turn around point. Great sunrises!

    Lucky Boy Vista

    3.7 mi 6.0 km • Out and Back • 216 ft Ascent 65.92 m Ascent

    Singletrack Twentynine Palms, CA

    ( 4 )

    Trails in Joshua Tree National Park - 116

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    1.2 mi 1.9 km #1 Barker Dam Nature Trail
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    1.2 mi 1.9 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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    37.6 mi 60.5 km #2 California Riding and Hiking Trail
    Yucca Valley, CA
    37.6 mi 60.5 km Yucca Valley, CA
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    6.0 mi 9.7 km #3 Lost Horse Mine Loop
    Sky Valley, CA
    6.0 mi 9.7 km Sky Valley, CA
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    8.3 mi 13.3 km #4 Boy Scout Trail
    Joshua Tree, CA
    8.3 mi 13.3 km Joshua Tree, CA
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    2.0 mi 3.2 km #5 Split Rock Loop Trail
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    2.0 mi 3.2 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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    2.3 mi 3.7 km #6 Willow Hole Trail
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    2.3 mi 3.7 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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    7.1 mi 11.5 km #7 Stubbe Springs Loop Trail
    Sky Valley, CA
    7.1 mi 11.5 km Sky Valley, CA
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    0.4 mi 0.6 km #8 Cap Rock Nature Trail
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    0.4 mi 0.6 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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    4.9 mi 7.9 km #9 West Side Loop Trail
    Yucca Valley, CA
    4.9 mi 7.9 km Yucca Valley, CA
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    Dry - Counter clockwise saves you a long hike up a sandy wash.
    50 days ago
    0.2 mi 0.4 km #10 Cholla Cactus Garden Trail
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    0.2 mi 0.4 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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    3.2 mi 5.2 km #11 Quail Springs Trail
    Joshua Tree, CA
    3.2 mi 5.2 km Joshua Tree, CA
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    2.5 mi 4.1 km #12 Panorama Loop Trail
    Yucca Valley, CA
    2.5 mi 4.1 km Yucca Valley, CA
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    Dry - 90% of trail is loosely packed sand.
    36 days ago
    1.4 mi 2.3 km #13 Mastodon Peak Trail
    Indio, CA
    1.4 mi 2.3 km Indio, CA
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    2.1 mi 3.3 km #14 Pine City Trail
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    2.1 mi 3.3 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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    5.0 mi 8.1 km #15 The Maze Loop Trail
    Joshua Tree, CA
    5.0 mi 8.1 km Joshua Tree, CA
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    1.3 mi 2.1 km #16 Hi-View Nature Trail
    Yucca Valley, CA
    1.3 mi 2.1 km Yucca Valley, CA
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    3.0 mi 4.8 km #17 North View Trail
    Joshua Tree, CA
    3.0 mi 4.8 km Joshua Tree, CA
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    15.7 mi 25.3 km #18 Berdoo Canyon Road
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    15.7 mi 25.3 km Twentynine Palms, CA
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    10.6 mi 17.0 km #19 Black Eagle Mine Road
    Indio, CA
    10.6 mi 17.0 km Indio, CA
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    5.3 mi 8.5 km #20 Eureka Peak Trail
    Yucca Valley, CA
    5.3 mi 8.5 km Yucca Valley, CA
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