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Written By Melissa Martin
Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from major cities like San Diego and Las Vegas lies Joshua Tree, one of the country’s most unique national parks, a mecca for rock climbers and hikers, and for those looking to unleash their inner child, a playground of volcanically formed rock piles. Even at night (kudos to you if you can still stay up past 10 pm), there’s a whole show to see. Joshua Tree is actually an international dark sky park, so if you’ve never seen the milky way before, prepare to be awed and amazed (or, if you have seen the Milky Way before, prepare to be awed and amazed again).
Joshua Tree National Park is an 800,000 acre landscape of true desert wilderness. But, despite its size, Joshua Tree can be easily visited in just one day, making it a great day trip from one of those big cities, or a nice addition when at a nearby park like Death Valley. Of course, it’s always better to stay a while and enjoy wherever you are visiting, but if time is short, we are happy to report that seeing the highlights of this park is absolutely doable in one jam-packed day. Below, we highlight ten of the best spots to visit in a day trip through Joshua Tree National Park, tell you about some optional add-ons if you do have more time, and give you some helpful tips and tricks when visiting. Let’s do this!
Navigating around Joshua Tree
You’ll actually have several different options to get to Joshua Tree depending on where you want to spend the other time during your trip. It’s pretty equally distant, just three hours away, from four major cities – Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and Phoenix. You’ll just need to hop in a rental car and off you go!
Joshua Tree has five park entrances. Don’t worry, it’s less confusing than it sounds. Two of these are quick roads with no visitor centers that dead-end shortly into the park and lead to a limited number of hikes or activities.
The main entrance used by most park visitors is the West Entrance Station off of Route 62. This entrance places you on to Joshua Tree’s main and most traveled road, Park Boulevard. This road travels through the heart of the park, and it is along this corridor where the park’s most popular sights and hikes are found.
About 25 miles in, you can choose to continue along the boulevard to the North Entrance Station which will bring you back out onto Route 62. This point to point drive from the west to north entrance stations is about 35 miles and will take about an hour to drive without any stops (but, you will be making many, trust us. The majority of places we will list in the next section are found along this route).
Alternatively, you can turn off onto Pinto Basin Road. This road is less traveled and brings visitors through to the quieter, but equally scenic, southern portion of the park. While not much in the way of hiking, this road is ideal for sightseeing, and by driving this road, you can watch the transition from the Mojave desert, with its piles of jumbo volcanic boulders and prickly Joshua trees, to the Colorado desert, with differing vegetation of ocotillos and cholla cacti (don’t worry, we didn’t know what these were before visiting the park either) and flat desert washes. Travelling this road will bring you down through the Cottonwood Visitor Center entrance and out on to route 10. Driving this entire route from the west entrance to the cottonwood entrance is about 60 miles and would take about 90 minutes to drive without making any stops.
So, which route should you take? The best park entrances are the West Entrance and North Entrance stations. Most of the highlights of the park are actually found right along Park Boulevard Road so starting at either end and completing the one-way journey from point to point is a great way to see a lot of the must-see spots. Making a very short detour onto Pinto Basin Road will allow you to add a few more of the highlights without taking you too out of the way.
Map of the Best Sights in Joshua Tree National Park
For your viewing pleasure, below is a map of Joshua Tree’s Road, with the suggested route and all of the must-see highlights of the park that we describe below.
Ok, so you know where they are, now let’s see what they’re all about!
10 Best Must-See Spots in Joshua Tree National Park
Because most of the highlights of the Joshua Tree are along Park Boulevard between the west entrance and the intersection with Pinto Basin Road, this itinerary can be followed no matter which entrance you drive in from. The order in which these highlights are listed are the order in which they would appear when driving from the west entrance station. This can easily be reversed!
1. Hidden Valley
We know what you’re thinking. And no, there was no ranch dressing here, much to our disappointment. What it did have was a flat easy 1-mile loop that takes you through iconic Joshua Tree landscape. You’ll walk by, well, Joshua Trees, and have the opportunity to climb around on the rocks if you wish. It’s a great pit stop to stretch your legs and do some easy exploring from outside of your car! Just bring your own ranch dressing for your salads.
2. Keys View
Key’s View is one of the best and most easily accessible viewpoint in Joshua Tree. It’s found at the end of a spur road off of Park Boulevard, but it’s worth the detour. It takes you up to an overlooking with excellent views over the Mojave Desert. It’s a good option for a hot desert day for getting a great view without having to hike to it in the often intense heat.
3. Ryan Mountain
Ryan Mountain is one of the most popular hikes in Joshua Tree, and for good reason. In a short distance of only three miles round trip, you are rewarded with panoramic 360-degree views of the park. Though it’s short, the trail does consistently climb, with an elevation gain of about 1000 feet over just a mile and a half to the summit.
Stay on the look out for Bighorn Sheep…we saw these guys just below the top!
Check out our post dedicated to this hiking trail for more info and inspiration on hiking Ryan Mountain.
4. Jumbo Rocks
Can you guess what’s here? If you guessed giant boulders, you would be correct! Jumbo Rocks is the site of the Jumbo Rocks campground, but it is also just a fun area to get out and explore! Release your inner child and climb and play around on the rocks to your heart’s content.
5. Skull Rock
Posing in front of the famous Skull Rock...
...it can be a tough thing to do with all the crowds surrounding this popular roadside feature!
Skull rock is probably the most famous rock feature in the Joshua Tree. And it’s found right along side the road shortly after the Jumbo Rocks parking lot (if coming from the West Entrance Station). There will be plenty of cars and people so you’ll know it when you see it. The iconic structure attracts lots of people, so you’ll have to wait your turn for a picture with it, unless you come early in the morning or later in the evening.
The Skull Rock Loop is a short 1.7 mile hiking trail that passes through this area on the way from the Jumbo Rocks campground and is nice for exploring this area further if you wish.
6. Face Rock
Face Rock had to be my favorite part of Joshua Tree. It’s such a neat rock structure! A rock that looks like a face in such a disturbingly accurate way?! The best part was, we were the only ones there! We didn’t see a single other person on this trail the entire time, even though it’s a very short easy walk.
The trail starts right across the street from Skull Rock, on the Discovery Trail. After less than two tenths of a mile down a flat sandy trail, you’ll come to the junction with the Face Rock Trail. A few more steps and you’re there! Easy peasy. As you approach Face Rock from this angle, it doesn’t look like a face and you might miss it! So make sure you turn around and look for it! And of course, do fun cheesy poses with it…
7. Split Rock
Are you sensing a theme in Joshua Tree yet? This is another iconic rock feature in the park. There is a well-marked parking area for the Split Rock picnic area, where Split Rock sits. There’s also a hiking trail out of here that connects with the Face Rock Trail if you’re looking to a longer hike in the area.
8. Arch Rock
Ahh, the famous arch of Joshua Tree. I’m sure you’ve seen this guy in pictures already if you’ve done any research on the park. The trailhead to Arch Rock is located in the White Tank Campground, which will require you to drive just a few miles down Pinto Basin Road. There is a small parking area right at the trailhead within the campground that fits just a few cars. The Arch Rock Nature trail is an easy half mile loop that takes you to this famous arch within the park. The arch is slightly off trail, though it is marked with a plaque, but if you aren’t paying attention, you might miss it!
9. Heart Rock
This gem is found in the general vicinity of Arch Rock, though there is no specific trail to it so it does take some effort to find. You can actually see Heart Rock from the Arch Rock trail if you know what you’re looking for (a heart, for the less observant of you). From the trail, if you look out towards the direction of the mountains, you can see it in the distance. Then you can scramble your way out to it. Not too many people know to look for this, so there likely won’t be anyone else when you are there, which is always a plus! I would definitely recommend spotting the structure first before going out in search of it, so that you know where you’re going….it can be easy to get lost in a maze of rocks!
10. Cholla Cactus Garden
This spot is a little bit further down Pinto Basin Road and is the last hiking area before the Cottonwood Springs entrance station. Here, you can walk a well-maintained trail through a giant patch of the cholla cactus. But be sure not to touch them! They are sharp and painful, as one man can attest to when we were there who did not heed the signs and gave himself quite the hand injury. Just admire from a safe a distance!
Above were our must-see stops, but if you can squeeze a bit more into your day, check these out, too!
Quail Springs rock formations
Ocotillo Patch drive-by
Quail Springs – This is the first of several picnic spots you will pass on Park Boulevard coming from the west entrance station. We stopped here to make and eat breakfast, but it sits right by a rock pile that we couldn’t resist exploring. It’s just a fun pit stop to climb around and take in the views.
Cap Rock – This is one of those things that you need to see just because you’re there. It’s one of the famous and well-known structures in the park, so mine as well take a glance at it, right? We pretty much just pulled in to the parking lot, snapped a picture, and went on our way. No real need to do a hike around it, unless you want to get out and stretch your legs and of course enjoy the views.
Ocotillo Patch – Ocotillos become prevalent as you drive Pinto Basin Road and make the sudden transition into the Colorado desert. There are no hiking trails here, it is just a bonus sight as you drive the scenic road out to the southern entrance. Seeing a forest of these spidery plants weave their way up from the desert floor is quite a sight!
More Than One Day in Joshua Tree?
If you are lucky enough to have more than a day in Joshua Tree, great! Take it a little slower and enjoy your surroundings a little bit more. There are plenty of other sights to see!
Joshua Tree has a rich history of mining, ranching and homesteading. There are several areas in the park where you can get a glimpse into this history, either through short hikes or guided ranger walks. These places include Barker Dam, Keys Ranch, Ryan Ranch, and Lost Horse Mine.
What’s a desert without an oasis? There are several unique areas in the park that hold an oasis of fan palm and cottonwood trees that can be visited by hikers of all levels. In the northern section of the park, visit the Oasis of Mara for a short half mile walk through the trees, or go to Fortynine Palms Oasis for a bit more of an adventure. In the southern portion near the Cottonwood Visitor Center, Cottonwoods Springs is an easy walk through fan palms while the Lost Palms Oasis trail is a half day trek through washes, into a canyon, and to a remote fan palm oasis.
To enjoy the park from the comfort of your car, drive the Geology Tour Road, an 18 mile dirt road that serves as a motor tour, twisting though Joshua Tree’s landscape and providing informational stops along the way. The catch is that a 4x4 is highly recommended after a few miles in, so your tour may be abbreviated.
Backpacking is less common in the park, and there is a limited long trail system. If you are looking for a true wilderness experience, you will definitely get that here. Permits are required but are free and simple to get (when you register at the trailhead).
Helpful Tips for Visiting Joshua Tree National Park
When to visit Joshua Tree
October to May is the peak season for Joshua Tree. Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit. Daytime temperatures are tolerable (in the 80s), while nights get comfortably cool (50s-ish). Spring time has the last amount of precipitation, although it does not often rain here in any season.
Summer months are often too hot to do anything other than enjoy the park from the air-conditioned comfort of your car, with temperatures reaching into the triple digits during the day. If you do come in the summer, avoid anything strenuous, such as long hikes. Keep most outdoor activity for the mornings or evenings when temperatures cool off a bit.
Winter temperatures are nice for day activities but at night can get below freezing.
Where to stay in Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree has 8 campgrounds throughout the park (and one group camping site). During the peak season (Oct. to May), four of these are reservable, and 4 are first-come first-served. These range between $15-$20. Most are primitive sites, with only a pit toilet, and no drinkable water, so make sure when you book you know the type of site you are looking at, and come prepared with plenty of water.
Book as early as you can (up to 6 months in advance). First-come first-served sites fill up fast, especially on the weekends, but even on the week days in the peak of spring. We went to Joshua Tree on a Sunday in early November and couldn’t find any available camping in the park. So, there’s a fairly good chance that, without a reservation, you won’t be lucky enough to snag a site. However, there are a few private RV sites and campgrounds outside of the park.
Pro Tip: Just outside both the north and south edges of the park, there are dispersed camping areas managed by the BLM. This is free camping! Within the designated areas, you can camp anywhere. Just keep in mind it is completely primitive, with no restrooms, water, or any facilities, so make sure you come prepared and pack out everything you pack in.
The area to the north of the park was a bit popular, and quite loud. Don’t expect a peaceful wilderness experience here, and if you want to head to bed early, bring ear plugs. The roads in are also a bit washed out and have lots of potholes, so drive carefully. We drove here in the night and struggled to see the layout and where to go, so I would suggest arriving when it’s still light out to get your bearings and a better sense of how things are set up.
The area to the south is much larger and more well-defined. When we were there it was much less crowded and completely quiet and quite an enjoyable experience!
General Tips for Visiting
The only places to get drinking water are at the visitor centers at the entrances of the park. So fill up with plenty of water there! It gets hot and dry during the day and you should be going through a lot.
Bring a hat and sunscreen
Have a good pair of sturdy shoes/hiking boots, as you’ll most likely be doing some rock hopping
Bring layers for the chilly nights
Get bigger hikes in early in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the hottest parts of the day
Campsites fill up quickly in the mornings so be prepared with a backup plan. We recommend the BLM sites for free and convenient camping close to the park.
There are no restaurants or stores in the park, so bring plenty of food and snacks!
Please be respectful of the fragile vegetation in the park. Any sort of ropes, including those for hammocks, cannot be attached to any of the vegetation in the park.
Get out and climb around on the rock piles! The rocks are a giant jungle gym to climb through and explore, so have some fun!
Joshua Tree definitely has a place on any outdoor-lover’s bucket list. Let us know in the comments below if you’ve ever been and if there were any favorites that we missed here! And as always, we are happy to answer any questions while you’re planning out your trip.
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For a spectacular birds-eye view of the park and its surrounding area, head to the most popular viewpoint in Joshua Tree — Keys View. From this viewpoint, you can see many notable landmarks such as the Coachella Valley, the San Andreas Fault, the Salton Sea, and the Santa Rosa Mountains just to name a few.
Can you do Joshua Tree in a day? Yes! Joshua Tree is one of the best national parks to see in only a day. In one day you can see the highlights of Joshua Tree, including Cholla Cactus Garden, Ryan Mountain, and sunset at Keys View.What shoes should I wear to Joshua Tree? ›
Pack your favorite pair of hiking shoes.
A trip to Joshua Tree is all about trekking trails and exploring the great outdoors. You'll want a solid pair of supportive hiking shoes. If you plan on doing any climbing, bring a separate pair of climbing shoes, too.
In Joshua Tree's desert environment, sun protection is essential. Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat. Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin. Some trails can be overgrown, so long or convertible pants are best to avoid scratches and protect against cactus spines.Are there cougars in Joshua Tree? ›
Otherwise known as cougars or pumas, mountain lions have long been a part of the natural landscape of this area. They are incredibly solitary animals that avoid humans and interact with one another solely during mating season or when females raise their cubs.What is the best month to go to Joshua Tree? ›
The best and most popular months to visit Joshua Tree National Park are March-May and October/November. This is because the park can get hot (and I mean hot). In the summer months, temperatures can reach over 100° F with an extremely dry, desert heat and very little shade to escape to.How long does it take to drive the Joshua Tree Loop? ›
Check out this 79.0-mile point-to-point trail near Joshua Tree, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 28 h 22 min to complete.When should you not go to Joshua Tree? ›
Summer is the least popular season in Joshua Tree due to the scorching hot daytime temperatures. This is the desert, after all, and daytime temps in June, July and August often top 100˚F (38˚C). This makes outdoor activities like hiking and rock climbing uncomfortable and potentially dangerous.How much does it cost to drive through Joshua Tree? ›
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- Water—at least one gallon per person per day.
- Food—more than you think you'll need.
- Ice and ice chest.
- Sun hat and sunscreen.
- Sturdy footwear.
- First aid kit.
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The Ocotillo Patch: Located on Pinto Basin Road within the park, this is one of the darker areas for stargazing.What is the best time of day to visit Joshua Tree? ›
Choose to enjoy the more popular activities (such as designated nature trails and easy hiking routes) before 9 or 10am. Most people see the park between 10am and 4pm, so the evening hours can also offer some respite from crowds. Remember that the sun sets after 7pm from May to September.Can you drive your car through Joshua Tree National Park? ›
Driving Park Boulevard can be a great way to see a lot of Joshua Tree National Park in a couple of hours. This drive can be combined with shorts side stops and hikes along the way for longer trips. Park Boulevard will take you by many highlights, rock formations, and Joshua tree groves.Are rattlesnakes common in Joshua Tree? ›
Yes, there are snakes at Joshua Tree, and the venomous creatures you may encounter in Joshua Tree National Park include rattlesnakes, scorpions, and black widow spiders. In fact, there are seven types of rattlesnakes and 26 different types of snakes that can be found in or near the park.Do scorpions live in Joshua Tree? ›
Wernerius inyoensis is probably closely related to two other rare scorpions in the desert Southwest: Wernerius spicatus, which is native to Joshua Tree National Park, and Wernerius mumai, which lives along the Colorado River near Parker, Ariz.Do cougars live in the safari? ›
The Milky Way is horizontal in the east. The “Core” is visible midnight to sunrise. This is an amazing time to see/photograph the Milky Way. You have to get up early (or stay up all night!) but that means no one else will be there!What time can you see the stars in Joshua Tree? ›
The best time to stargaze is around the time of the new moon. This way, the light of the moon doesn't compete as much with the stars. But if you're looking for a special treat, you can get a fantastic look at the Milky Way in the summer at Joshua Tree National Park, California!
No advance reservations are needed to enter Joshua Tree National Park. Reservations are required for ranger-led tours of Keys Ranch. Reservations can be made on recreation.gov. Some campgrounds are first come, first served, whereas others require reservations during the peak season.What is the best part of Joshua Tree National Park? ›
Hidden Valley: If you only visit one place in Joshua Tree National Park, make sure you make that place Hidden Valley. Hidden Valley is a gorgeous valley surrounded by rocks of all sizes and loads of Joshua Trees. It makes a great picnic spot or an area to wander, snap pics and climb on boulders.Is it better to enter Joshua Tree from the North or south? ›
From the south end, the park is full of desert wildflowers and cacti. As you drive north, the iconic Joshua Trees and boulder rock formations begin to populate and take your breath away.How far apart are Death Valley and Joshua Tree? ›
The distance between Joshua Tree and Death Valley is 252 miles. If you haul it, it will take about 4.5 hours to get from Joshua tree to Death Valley. But don't be in too much of a hurry because there are a few cool stops along the way.Do you have to pay to drive through Joshua Tree? ›
If arriving by vehicle you must purchase a Private Vehicle Pass; Individual Passes are for visitors arriving by bicycle or walking in. This pass is only valid for entrance fees at Joshua Tree National Park. All visitors 16 years of age and older are required to pay an entrance fee at Joshua Tree National Park.How long is the Olympic Loop drive? ›
For when you go hiking in Joshua Tree, it's best if you dress more practical than stylish. In the summer it gets really hot in the national park, therefore wear some shorts and a light t-shirt. A tank top or athleisure wear works well too.Is Joshua Tree a dark zone? ›
Boasting some of the darkest nights in Southern California, Joshua Tree National Park, an International Dark Sky Park by the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), offers many visitors the chance to admire the Milky Way for the first time in their lives.Are there bears in Joshua Tree National Park? ›
Joshua Tree: a rocky, alien, carefree, bear-free national park.Is there cell reception in Joshua Tree? ›
While there is cell service in the towns surrounding Joshua Tree National Park, the rugged and remote terrain of the park itself means that very few areas in the park have cell coverage. You should not expect to rely on your cell phone for navigation or emergencies.
Joshua Tree is a very accessible park with the main park road taking visitors through various viewpoints, hiking opportunities, and interesting sites. Any vehicle will do on the main park road, but you'll need a 4WD high-clearance vehicle for some of the unpaved and off-the-beaten-path roads in the park.How do you get into Joshua Tree for free? ›
- Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day.
- 3rd Saturday of April: First day of National Park Week.
- August 4: Great American Outdoors Act Signing Day.
- 4th Saturday in September: National Public Lands Day.
- November 11: Veterans Day.
Some prefer the rocky landscape of Hidden Valley at sunset, others enjoy the panoramic lookout of Keys View, while many may enjoy the tall mountains and open spaces of the Pinto Basin at sunrise.What Colour heels go with every outfit? ›
Black, beige, and grey shoes go with anything. Since they are all neutrals, you can wear these colors to offset a more vibrant outfit. Of course, with these neutrals, you can either mix and match or keep them in a similar tonal family. For example, there can be warm beiges and cooler beiges.What shoes should I wear if I have heel pain? ›
If you have heel pain, then a shoe with a thick midsole and a cushioned midfoot region will reduce impacts on the heel. A “rocker bottom” can also be a great fit for someone with plantar fasciitis and other types of heel pain issues.What color of heels goes with everything? ›
Footwear in black, beige, white, and gray should be a must-pack for your next trip since these colors can match everything you're bringing.Is Birkenstock good for your feet? ›
"They're really good for if you have a flat foot or you have arch pain, because they have a supportive longitudinal arch. But I would recommend them to most people — unless you have some kind of severe ailment that obviously needs a more personalized approach."What do podiatrists say about Oofos? ›
It's not a gimmick: In fact, every single Oofos style carries the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance. "The toe box is accommodative and the sole is propulsive, which helps it improve the quality of your gait," shared NYC-based podiatrist Dr.Are Skechers sandals good for your feet? ›
In addition to its arch-hugging cushioned footbed, the Skechers sandals also have a soft EVA foam upper that's equally as flexible for the tops of your feet. The all-around foam construction not only provides ample padding but also delivers maximum shock absorption and minimizes pain and fatigue.What does being on your feet all day do to your body? ›
The most commonly reported symptoms from extended periods of standing are discomfort, fatigue and swelling in the legs. Workers required to spend too much time on their feet are at greatly increased risk of pain and discomfort affecting feet, shins and calves, knees, thighs, hips and lower back.
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If your feet are slightly destabilized, it could lead to minor issues throughout your legs, hips, and lower back, that become more prominent over time and lead to secondary conditions such as overpronation and plantar fasciitis.
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Joshua Trees are crucial to the ecosystem of the Mojave Desert. They provide food and habitat to local species. Additionally, new research is indicating that trees are being negatively impacted by climate change, making their protection even more important.What is so special about Joshua Tree? ›
It is an important part of the Mojave Desert ecosystem, providing habitat for numerous birds, mammals, insects, and lizards. Joshua tree forests tell a story of survival, resilience, and beauty borne through perseverance. They are the silhouette that reminds those of us who live here that we are home.What happens if you touch a Joshua Tree? ›
But: touching Joshua trees is not illegal, in or out of a national park. And by itself, it's not damaging to the trees. Having thousands of people compressing the soil around a particularly photogenic and accessible tree so that they can each touch it might be a problem.Can you just drive through Joshua Tree? ›
Driving Park Boulevard can be a great way to see a lot of Joshua Tree National Park in a couple of hours. This drive can be combined with shorts side stops and hikes along the way for longer trips. Park Boulevard will take you by many highlights, rock formations, and Joshua tree groves.What is the best time of year to go to Joshua tree? ›
The best and most popular months to visit Joshua Tree National Park are March-May and October/November. This is because the park can get hot (and I mean hot). In the summer months, temperatures can reach over 100° F with an extremely dry, desert heat and very little shade to escape to.Why are people obsessed with Joshua tree? ›
And there's plenty to love about the prickly Joshua trees and the unique landscape they inhabit. The views are breathtaking, the wildlife is diverse, and the endangered nature of the Joshua trees means this destination is a must-visit for a variety of travelers.What eats Joshua tree? ›
Its seeds are mostly spread by rodents like the white-tailed antelope squirrel, which hoard the seeds in caches .Why do they call it hall of horrors Joshua tree? ›
Joshua Tree National Park charges a fee to enter. Annual passes are also available for purchase. For more information, please see https://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/fees.htm Hall of Horrors is named for several rock formations and boulder piles that can be explored by hiking this route.
No advance reservations are needed to enter Joshua Tree National Park. Reservations are required for ranger-led tours of Keys Ranch. Reservations can be made on recreation.gov. Some campgrounds are first come, first served, whereas others require reservations during the peak season.What did Native Americans call Joshua tree? ›
Southern Paiute called the Joshua tree sovarampi. Cahuilla Indians referred to it as humwichawa and the Western Shoshone knew it simply as umpu. For thousands of years many Indian groups embraced the tree as a spiritual reference and valued resource.Are there a lot of snakes in Joshua Tree? ›
Yes, there are snakes at Joshua Tree, and the venomous creatures you may encounter in Joshua Tree National Park include rattlesnakes, scorpions, and black widow spiders. In fact, there are seven types of rattlesnakes and 26 different types of snakes that can be found in or near the park.How long does it take to drive through Joshua Tree National Forest? ›
How much time do you need to spend in Joshua Tree National Park? If you only want to see it from your car window, you can cover the park's major roads in three or four hours.