Joshua Tree National Park
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  • ChickenParm41
    763 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great National Park!
    We drove through the park from I-10 to Joshua Tree. It was a really nice drive. We picnicked in the park. We stopped at all the prime spots. Great views! The Joshua Trees were really cool. So different than the Saguaros. Beware the Bees! Lot's of bees in certain areas.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 22, 2023
  • LabmeisterII
    Morro Bay, California170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beastly, in a good way
    We came in the middle of the brutal July heat wave- 106 when we arrived-greeted by the sign at the southern visitor center that said 'don't die today'...really. And that was a good way to start. It is fantastic to hike and it is very easy to go a mile and loose track of time and distance. The park is full of small trails and even more spaces that lend themselves to personal exploration. In our late 60's, we always are aware of our location and have plenty of water, and even food and shade if needed. The very arid southeast is a deep bowl with amazing boulder piles. The Joshua Trees start as one enters higher elevations to northwest. The north central edge we had done a few years ago, so we kept more to the north western edge that has dramatic viewpoints out over the Coachella Valley at Keys View.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Lorie M
    Eustis, Florida139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Joshua Tree is beautiful
    We went to the visitors center, picked up a map, you will also need a park pass $30/day or get an annual pass for unlimited parks for $80, it’s good for the year, all national parks. We went in late August so it was pretty in the morning but hot as we were leaving the park. A nice drive, lots of hiking opportunities. Beautiful park.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Ali G
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hot, gorgeous, hot
    Amazing park! I have not spent much time in the Southwest USA and so was fascinated with the scenery, vegetation, and wildlife. We took a few gentle hikes and a ranger led walk at sunset which was good. A few of us did take a more strenuous hike in the morning. I brought more water than I thought I needed but it wasn’t nearly enough. That hot August sun was no joke. I only wish I had more time.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 31, 2023
  • jamie_sue_12
    Unadilla, New York137 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Valley Nature Trail
    This is my daughter's favorite trail so she was excited to show us during our visit. Being a weekday, the park wasn't very crowded. This loop was challenging enough to feel like a legitimate hike but not difficult. Not appropriate for people who avoid steps and incline. Even starting around 9:15, it feels terribly hot under the blazing sun. Not much shade, but there are places you can stop for a minute in the shade of a tree. I love this trail for the variety of plant life and the rock formations.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 8, 2023
  • Shubh K
    Vienna, Virginia489 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Desert adventure
    This national park is only a few hours from LA and San Diego. It's rugged and isolated. Has some great hiking and, of course, those famous Joshua Trees. If you go in summer, be very prepared for heat. I went in June and fortunately it wasn't as bad as it could be.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written September 17, 2023
  • runner24
    Orlando, Florida1,835 contributions
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    Daisy Bloom!
    I arrived at the north entrance of Joshua Tree National Park early on a Friday morning, just a few weeks after Hurricane Hilary had passed through the area. To my surprise, the aftermath of the storm had brought forth a vibrant display of wildflowers at higher elevations. The desert floor was blanketed in a stunning carpet of yellow blooms, a sight that truly took my breath away. Despite my concerns, the park wasn't overly crowded during my visit, although I've heard from other reviews that it can get quite busy. It's possible that visiting on a weekday made a difference, but I can't say for sure. I embarked on a hike to Baker Dam with the hope of spotting the elusive Bighorn Sheep, as someone had mentioned in the parking lot that they were in the vicinity. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to catch a glimpse of them. Nevertheless, the hike itself was quite enjoyable, featuring a captivating section with Petroglyphs that added to the experience. Another must-visit spot within the park is the Cholla Cactus Garden. Here, you'll find yourself surrounded by the surreal sight of Teddy Bear Cholla Cacti, creating a truly unique and memorable landscape. Just exercise caution and avoid the needles, as they can lead to infections if you happen to get pricked. Finally, no visit to Joshua Tree National Park would be complete without stopping at Skull Rock. As its name suggests, this rock formation is a fascinating natural wonder that resembles a skull, making for an intriguing photo opportunity. In conclusion, Joshua Tree National Park offers a captivating blend of natural beauty, unique landscapes, and intriguing wildlife. Whether you're drawn by the wildflower blooms, the Petroglyphs, the Cholla Cactus Garden, or Skull Rock, there's something here for everyone to enjoy. Don't miss out on this extraordinary desert oasis. Enjoy your visit!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Mike Siesing
    29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do NOT camp in Black Rock!
    This was my 2nd visit to JT, but my wife's first. This is an amazing, underrated NP. It's named for the Joshua Trees - but the real reason for exploring are the unique rock formations. We tented at Hidden Valley. Highly recommend this campsite IN the park. Do NOT go to Black Rock, which is listed on the NP website, but is NOT in Joshua Tree NP!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Sui_Generis94
    Phoenix, Arizona2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful park; interesting town
    The national park was beautiful and amazing. Only two days, really, is needed. It's like being on another planet! The town of JT was a bit odd. I can't really describe it - except for odd. I'm not sure we would go back except to stop in the park for hiking for a day.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 12, 2023
  • Cazz K
    143 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome place to visit
    Fantastic. Can’t find the words to sum up this amazing place. Joshua trees absolutely amazing so did. Cactus garden in the middle of the park a great place to visit. Many weird cactus plants, very sharp so don’t touch. Went in late October which was great as it wasn’t packed with tourists.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written November 1, 2023
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Jose C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
This was the first time I visited the park, and it might have been more interesting if we had planned out our site visits. Traveled from Plam Springs for the day and went site visiting the Barker Dam area petroglyphs and the Hidden Valley Nature trail. I would have also enjoyed visiting the Arch and skull area.
Written June 20, 2024
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BushkaTexas
Texas565 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
There are three ways to enter this park and coming from Palm Springs we opted for the southern entrance. The cottonwood springs is a good place to tour at this entrance. I was disappointed in the complete lack of cell service and most of the bathrooms are out of order except at the west station where we exited. There is no food or water so bring it in. The park map doesn't tell you what you might see at each stop listed on their map and just gives it a name but doesn't say much else. I think it would be helpful to have more of a description of what not to miss at each stop. The Cholla Cactus Garden was really interesting. We also stopped at Arch Rocks and hiked out there but never saw it and found the trails very confusing. We stopped other times at pull outs to take photos of the Joshua Trees and rocks. It takes about 2 hours from southern entrance to west entrance to stop and drive through the park. Have a full tank of gas. At the west entrance is an interesting exhibit about the parks and a shop.
Written May 26, 2024
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Kathy B
Oregon Coast, OR7 contributions
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May 2024 • Family
We loved the Joshua Tree National Park and fell in love with the Joshua trees and the giant rock formations! Someone told us that the Joshua Trees were the inspiration for the Truffula Trees in The Lorax! ❤️ They certainly look that way…and it made me love them even more! Before we even got home I ordered a baby Joshua Tree online and it is planted in our sunny window in a clay pot. They are endangered trees so I wanted to help the little darling trees! The giant rocks were also a surprise. You can climb all over them and they are delightful. It was only 78 degrees there in May so perfect weather. 👍
Written May 24, 2024
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Gary H
Monroe, NJ62 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Great way to spend the day. We drove through the park stopping along the way to see all the natural sites, and some hiking trails. There are a lot of hiking trails to go on. The temperature gets pretty hot during the day, bring plenty of water if you plan on hiking. You can also camp there over night.
Written May 20, 2024
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James D
Eureka, CA100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Hello,
My children and I went to the desert to visit family and friends for springbreak.
I brought my children to Joshua Tree National Monument for a day trip. We enjoyed walking amoung th boulders and seeing the different vegetation. My children peeked interest was seeing the many different lizards sunning themselves on the rocks and I enjoyed the many different birds that were feeding in groups.
We enjoyed the silence of the park on the Geology Tour road, this drive gets you away from the main road and away from most people as the sign says you are requried to have 4-wheel drive. Though I did see a car driving through the soft sand and wondered if they were going to get stuck.
Written May 13, 2024
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Lynette51
Santa Barbara, CA1,822 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Upon entering we just assumed we would be looking at Joshua Trees - wrong! The huge boulders and rocks are phenomenal. There are so many hiking trails. We ended up doing 7. We spent the full day here. You can watch people rock climbing as well. I recommend starting off early in the morning and do the Barker Dam hike first. Then take it from there. Pack lots of water if you plan on doing any hiking. Again, the rock formations are something to behold.
Written April 27, 2024
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
I told my wife wherever the government puts a park it's worth visiting. Joshua Tree didn't disappoint. You say yeah well how many do I have to see. but at Joshua Tree it is more then the trees. the rocky and mountainous terrain was beautiful with interesting rock formations plus the Chuckwalla Cholla Cactus forest and the Ocotillo patch. The views from Key's view are outstanding.
Written April 26, 2024
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Fappug55
Yaphank, NY159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Absolutely stunning views. Amazing rock formations. Feels like you’re on another planet. Definitely not a summer activity.
Written April 25, 2024
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Lan G
Riverside, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Great weekend getaway. April was a great time to go. Not too hot and not too cold. I can't believe I live so close and never been here before.
Written April 22, 2024
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Kris_K_D
Gig Harbor, WA1,385 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
So glad I made the trip! The park is easy to visit and the route between the west and north entrances is a perfect way to see the highlights. I was only able to take a quick walk at Hidden Valley because I was short on time. The weekday crowd was manageable; there was only a few-minutes wait entering and exiting and none of the parking lots were anywhere near capacity.

Navigating the park is simple with good signage, but download the park map in advance. There is no cell signal or other services in the park.

Tip: Stop at the Visitor Center beforehand to verify that day’s crowd situation and stock up on water and snacks — just in case — and/or to buy your entry permit.
Written April 20, 2024
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