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Joshua Tree National Park boasts an impressive, vast, and unique landscape. Its 800,000 acres encompass two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado. Visitors will find some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California’s deserts, ranging from rugged mountains of twisted rock to exposed granite monoliths that testify to the tremendous earth forces that shaped and formed this land. Playas, arroyos, bajadas, alluvial fans, pediments, desert varnish, granites, aplite, and gneiss interact to form a giant mosaic of stunning beauty and complexity. A fascinating variety of plants and animals also make their home in this land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history, and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in southern California. Come explore for yourself!

To learn more about Joshua Tree National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Please Note: There are no singletrack trails within Joshua Tree National Park that are open to mountain bikes. Bikes are allowed on the park's established dirt roads. This page serves as a general overview of the area. If you're visiting the park and looking for places to ride, check out the following areas:

Visiting Tips

Joshua Tree National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Visitation typically increases during the more moderate temperatures in the fall, peaks during the spring wildflower season, and declines during the heat of summer.

Fees & Passes:
To learn more about park fees, click here.
  • Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80
  • Camping & Lodging

    Camping:
    There are nine campgrounds located in the park. Most campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. During the busy season from October through May, reservations may be made for individual or family sites at Black Rock and Indian Cove Campgrounds. Group campsites should be reserved in advance. It is very likely for campgrounds to fill on weekends from fall through spring. To learn more about camping in the park, visit the park's website.

    • White Tank Campground: 15 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Jumbo Rocks Campground: 124 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Belle Campground: 18 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Ryan Campground: 31 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Hidden Valley Campground: 44 sites.Available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Indian Cove Campground: 101 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis June - September.
    • Reservations can be made October - May, online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.
    • Black Rock Campground: 99 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis June - September. Reservations can be made October - May, online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.
    • Sheep Pass Group Campground: 6 sites. Reservations can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.
    • Cottonwood Campground: 62 sites. Available on a first come, first served basis. 3 group sites. Reservations for group campsites can be made online or by calling 1 (877) 444-6777.

    Backcountry Camping:
    Backcountry camping is also an option for those looking to extend their stay in the park. Visit the park's website to learn more about backcountry camping rules and regulations.

    Lodging:
    There is no lodging available within Joshua Tree National Park. However, there are many options in the nearby towns. For more, information click here.

    Food & Drink

    There are no restaurants or grocery stores located in the park. A variety of dining options can be found in the nearby towns of 29 Palms, Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, and Indio.

    Other Activities

    Joshua Tree National Park is home to a multitude of outdoor activities. Recreational opportunities include backpacking, camping, bird-watching, horseback riding, photography, stargazing, and wildflower viewing. No matter your interest, this beautiful desert park is sure to exceed your expectations whether you're planning your first visit to a national park or your fiftieth. Additionally, be sure to check out the world-class rock climbing and bouldering in the park. For those looking to extend their adventure beyond the park, check out the opportunities for mountain biking up the road in Palm Springs.

    Areas Within Joshua Tree National Park

    Trails in Joshua Tree National Park - 7

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    1.4 mi 2.3 km #1Eureka Peak Road
    Intermediate
    Joshua Tree, CA
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    Joshua Tree, CA
    2.0 mi 3.2 km #2Upper Covington Flat Road
    Easy
    Joshua Tree, CA
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    Joshua Tree, CA
    12.1 mi 19.4 km #3Geology Tour Road
    Intermediate
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    Intermediate
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    4.0 mi 6.5 km #4Queen Valley Road
    Easy
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    Easy
    Twentynine Palms, CA
    2.4 mi 3.8 km #5Big Horn Pass Road
    Easy
    Twentynine Palms, CA
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    Twentynine Palms, CA
    1.4 mi 2.2 km #6Desert Queen Mine Road
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    Twentynine Palms, CA
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    Twentynine Palms, CA
    1.5 mi 2.5 km #7Odelle Road
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    Twentynine Palms, CA
    Easy
    Twentynine Palms, CA

    Photos of Joshua Tree National Park - 3

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    Jamming back from the Eureka Peak
    Dec 28, 2018 near Joshua…, CA
    Riding a mountain bike in Joshua Tree National Park is all about experiencing the scenery.
    Jun 18, 2017 near Twentyn…, CA
    No bikes past here, up against the Joshua Tree National Park Boundary.
    May 20, 2017 near Joshua…, CA