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Cottonwood Visitor Center

Pinto Basin Rd. North of South Entrance Station, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
+1 760-367-5500
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Friendly rangers with good advice and some gifts to buy

Visitor center has restrooms, lots of signage to describe the area and friendly rangers to describe... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Claudia10229
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Dallas, Texas
No price gouging on water bottles!

We stopped in here on our way out of the park to hit up the restrooms and check out the gift shop... read more

Reviewed 19 July 2017
OwlYaDoing
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Pinto Basin Rd. North of South Entrance Station, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Visitor center has restrooms, lots of signage to describe the area and friendly rangers to describe the area. There are big horn sheep antlers that you can touch and feel the weight. The gift shop is small but some great t-shirts and other souvenirs. The...More

Thank Claudia10229
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We stopped in here on our way out of the park to hit up the restrooms and check out the gift shop. While the gift shop is much smaller than the ones you see at other larger National Parks, it still has a decent selection....More

1  Thank OwlYaDoing
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

I had gone to the north side of the park for sunrise but kept thinking that I still wanted to see the stars. So a couple days later (I was already in Cathedral City) I decided to drive out to the Cottonwood Visitor center at...More

1  Thank williephips
Reviewed 29 May 2017

This is a GREAT park. Not only does it have really interesting flora and fauna, but the key places to stop are signposted in advance (as Exhibits) and there is room to pull in and park and signage to explain the feature. Having come from...More

Thank Scooby7UK
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We entered Joshua Tree National park from the south and stopped here for maps and advice on what to see while visiting the park for the day. The rangers were very helpful in pointing out places to visit and short hikes that matched our interests....More

Thank GoAlong2
Reviewed 14 April 2017

The rangers seemed stressed, similar to the ones at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center. Cleaner restroom with flush toilette than at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center, but not as clean, spacious, or airy as the one at the Oasis of Mara Visitor Center in 29Palms....More

Thank NZ17TM18
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Great for a park preview which is based upon the extensive knowledge of the park staff here! Take the time to learn here !

Thank itraveleverywhere
Reviewed 5 April 2017

This was our favorite of the 3 Ranger Stations. It is located at the far east side of the park but has some uniqueness about it. Directly behind is a nice 3 mile hike with an interesting tale of a mining and GOLD. Ask the...More

Thank 299shellis
Reviewed 3 April 2017

So where is our tax money being spent?? Not at this location. This is the poor step sister to the Visitor Centers at the north end of the park. Only stop here if you need a pass or a campsite.

Thank mntraveler35
Reviewed 27 March 2017

This is a SMALL visitor center but in my opinion is a MUST area of the park to see. We came from the south and exited to the NW driving most of the park. There are so many different areas to see.

Thank lucycan
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