JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Joshua Tree National Park is a hikers wonderland. Trails leading to mountain peaks, old mines, a dam, homesteads, sand dunes, dry lakes, oases, slot canyons, a natural arch & across deserts cover the Joshua Tree landscape. The granite rock formations make Joshua Tree a very popular destination for climbers. Declared a National Monument in 1936, Joshua Tree became a National Park in 1994. It is named after the Joshua Tree forests that are native to the park. The Mojave Desert, covering the western half of the park & the Colorado Desert overlap in Joshua Tree. This transition zone creates a diverse biological ecosystem with characteristics of both deserts. The unique rock piles called inselbergs were formed over millions of years. Molten rock moved upward & cooled. Stress from earthquakes caused the granite rocks to crack. Millions of years of erosion & the upward mountain building action leave us with the exposed granite boulders we see today.
Fees - 7 Day Pass $15 per vehicle, $5 per bicycle, motorcycle or pedestrian
America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass: $80
Backcountry Permit - Camping in the backcountry is permitted. Park & register at a backcountry registration board located throughout the park. There is no fee.
Belle - 18 sites at 3,800 ft elevation
Black Rock - 100 sites at 4,000 ft elevation
Cottonwood - 62 sites at 3,000 ft elevation
Hidden Valley - 39 sites at 4,200 ft elevation
Indian Cove - 101 sites at 3,200 ft elevation
Jumbo Rocks - 124 sites at 4,400 ft elevation
Ryan - 31 sites at 4,300 ft elevation
White Tanks - 15 sites at 3,800 ft elevation
Black Rock & Indian Cove sites may be reserved October through May. The rest are first come, first served.