All about Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree National Park is one of the desert national parks sites.  The park gets its named from the Yucca Breviolia Tree, also known as the Joshua Tree.  The National Park spans two different deserts – the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert.  The park is a popular weekend getaway for those living in Los Angeles and San Diego.

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Joshua Tree National Park Profile

RegionPacific-West Region
Park Size792,510 acres (1,238 sq miles) (3,207 sq km)
About the size the island of Makira in the Solomon Islands)
ElevationHighest point: 5,814 ft (1,773 m) at the summit of Quail Mountain
Lowest point: 1,780 feet (540 m) at the Colorado River Aqueduct
LocationRiverside County and San Bernardino County
Nearby Cities

Yucca Valley

Joshua Tree

Twentynine Palms

Founding DateJoshua Tree National Monument – August 10, 1936
Joshua Tree National Park – October 31, 1994
Visitors 2.8 million (in 2017) 
Busy SeasonOctober to May
Visitor CentersJoshua Tree Visitor Center – Open Year Around
Oasis Visitor Center – Open Year Around
Cottonwood Visitor Center – Open Year Around
Black Rock Nature Center – Open May-October
Park HoursOpen 365 days (24 hours a day)
Entrance Fees7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $30
7-day Motorcycle Pass – $25
7-day Individual Pass – $15
Annual PassJoshua Tree National Park Pass – $55
American the Beautiful Pass – $80
PetsYes but best left at home. If bringing, please review the Joshua Tree Pet Policy.

Joshua Tree National Park Climate 

Jan FebMarAprMayJun
Average high in °F:606470778695
Average low in °F:373942425460
Av. precipitation in inch:0.790.830.590.120.310.04
Av. Snowfall in inch:000000
JulAugSepOctNovDec
Average high in °F:1009993826960
Average low in °F:696864524335
Av. precipitation in inch:0.240.550.350.390.630.28
Av. Snowfall in inch:000000

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  • Channel Island National Park
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  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
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  • Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

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  • Grand Canyon National Park
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  • Fort Point National Historic Site
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  • Presidio of San Francisco
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Jennifer Melroy

    Jennifer has been obsessed with national parks as a child.  This Tennessee native spent her childhood exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and traveling with her parents to National Parks and around the Caribbean.  She is always planning her next adventure and is ready to see the world while trying to visit all 59 National Park (*She is ignoring the hunk of concrete that just became a national park).

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