Planning a trip to Joshua Tree National Park and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting Joshua Tree National Park, California.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park Basics

Region: Pacific-West / West/ Pacific

Park Size: 790,636 acres (1,235.37 sq miles) (3,199.59 sq km)

Location: Riverside and San Bernardino counties

Closest Cities: Twentynine Palms, California

Busy Season: October to May

Visitation: 2,988,547 (in 2019)

How much does Joshua Tree National Park Cost?

Joshua Tree National Park costs the following:

  • 7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $30
  • 7-day Motorcycle Pass – $25
  • 7-day Individual Pass – $7

An annual Joshua Tree National Park Pass cost $55 but it is not recommended you buy this pass. For an extra $25 you can get an American the Beautiful Pass. This $80 pass offers free admission to all 116 fee-charging National Park Units.

When is Joshua Tree National Park Open?

Joshua Tree National Park is open year-round.

Are dogs allowed in Joshua Tree National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in Joshua Tree National Park but are limited to developed areas such as roads, parking areas, picnic areas, and campgrounds. Pets are not allowed on the trails in the park. Please review the Joshua Tree Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Joshua Tree.

Where are Joshua Tree National Park’s visitor centers?

Oasis Visitor Center – Open Year Round

Joshua Tree Visitor Center – Open Year Round

Cottonwood Visitor Center – Open Year Round

Black Rock Nature Center – October to May

Land Acknowledgments for Joshua Tree National Park

The National Park known as Joshua Tree National Park sits on Yuhaviatam/Maarenga’yam (Serrano), Southern Paiute, Cocopah (Xawiƚƚ kwñchawaay), Cahuilla, Newe (Western Shoshone), and Chemehuevi land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

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Jennifer is a long time national park blogger and the founder of National Park Obsessed. She is a dedicated National Park lover who is working on visiting all 62 US National Parks. She has currently been to 53 of the National Parks. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of the Parks with others and helping them learn to love the parks as much as she does.

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