Joshua Tree National Park photo

Joshua Tree National Park

31 October, 1994
790,635.74 acres
(3,199.6 km2)
Visitors in 2017

Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. Declared a U.S. National Park in 1994 when the U.S. Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act (Public Law 103-433), it had been a U.S. National Monument since 1936. It is named for the Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) native to the park. It covers a land area of 790,636 acres (1,235.37 sq mi; 3,199.59 km)—an area slightly larger than the state of Rhode Island. A large part of the park, some 429,690 acres (173,890 ha), is a designated wilderness area. Straddling the border between San Bernardino County and Riverside County, the park includes parts of two deserts, each an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation: the higher Mojave Desert and lower Colorado Desert. The Little San Bernardino Mountains run through the southwest edge of the park.

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Airports Nearby

Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
Ontario International Airport (ONT)
John Wayne Airport (SNA)
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
San Diego International Airport (SAN)
Inyokern Airport (IYK)
McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Furnace Creek Airport (DTH)
Visalia Municipal Airport (VIS)
Ernest A Field Airport (PRC)

Towns Nearby

Visitor Centers

Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center
Black Rock Nature Center
Oasis Visitor Center
Cottonwood Visitor Center

Some centers open seasonally. Check for accurate open hours.

Weather Averages

(In Farenheit. Source: NOAA)

* Distances and travel times are calculated to center of the park.