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We first drove through north part of the park which was very pretty. It’s not as dramatic as Zion or Capitol Reef but is striking and unusual with the unique shapes created by the trees. We then drove south toward the Cottonwood gate. For me,...More
Like all of our national parks, Joshua Tree is well worth a visit. We spent a full day, with a little preview drive the evening before. Of course, Joshua Tree, or Giant yucca, is the unique feature you’ll see here, but driving from the Mohave...More
This is an interesting huge park but may be disappointing to those expecting something like Yosemite or other woodsy type parks. Remember, this is desert terrain. The Joshua trees are all in the northern part of the park as is most of the interesting sites....More
$30 for a weeks pass for one vehicle, or multiple national park annual pass available. Stunning drives through hills and valleys with the unique Joshua trees. Park can be entered from the North or south, with various walking , cycling and driving routes. Hidden valley...More
Joshua Tree National Park is miss named. The real stars are the massive rock formations throughout the park. The namesake Joshua Trees are kind of scrubby looking things that actually detract from the landscape. This is a once is enough park.
The park is amazing. I would suggest buying tickets at the visitor center first as there was a pretty long line waiting to enter the park and didn’t prepay. We were able to skip a good part of the waiting line because we prepaid. Also,...More
We have been to this unique National Park many times and always find something different to see and do. This visit we took the short trail to the ruins of an Adobe house, only a mile and level with an abundance of wildlife to be...More
It was a very nice experience, my first one in a desert and in this park you can see two different ecosystems Mojave and Colorado creating different landscapes!
It’s Well organized for camping and also a daily trip, small wildlife into the park! Strongly recommended...More
Camping and hiking in the park, if you are an early bird you’ll manage the heat and access great hikes! Hiking times provided by park are for sedentary people so if you are mildly active you can access great locations such as Mt. Ryan, Lost...More
I was somewhat wary about visiting the park after hearing the story’s on the national news about the park (and trees) being damaged during the latest government shutdown, but thankfully I didn’t see any of the damage they reported (go figure). This is a diverse...More
Yes, self-guided is what most visitors do. You can see the beautiful Joshua trees from your car, but it's fun to get out and walk along some trails. Each trail has a parking lot at the trail head. You can park at the Barker... More
Yes, self-guided is what most visitors do. You can see the beautiful Joshua trees from your car, but it's fun to get out and walk along some trails. Each trail has a parking lot at the trail head. You can park at the Barker Dam Trail, for example, and walk its relatively easy 1.5-mile loop. Hidden Valley is another pleasant one. The vastness of the desert landscape contrasted against the blue sky is beautiful. We hiked the Ryan Mountain Trail (3 miles). It's more challenging because it's uphill, but it's a lovely hike that will reward you with breathtaking views. If you're going to be in the area for a few days, you might want to spread your visit to the park over two days, depending on how much of the park you would like to see. If you just have an afternoon, then any (or all) of the three I mentioned would be doable.