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Joshua Tree N.P.
Travel Planning
Joshua Tree N.P.

Joshua Tree National Park at a Glance

Joshua Tree National Park is named after the famous Joshua trees that early Mormon settlers thought looked like Joshua reaching towards God. The national park consists of two deserts. 

Joshua Tree is popular in the springtime when the wildflowers bloom and when the strange and beautiful Joshua trees sends up single white flowers toward the sky. Throughout the year, visitors enjoy hiking, biking, motorcycling and rock climbing. Joshua Tree's unique landscape and many gigantic boulders make it an interesting place to visit. Rock climbers have long recognized it as the best place to climb in California. Everyone can enjoy the strange and scattered landscape. 

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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Los Angeles International Airport
      • Major Airport Palm Springs International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

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      7,687 miles
      Estimated Drive Time
      140 hour(s)
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Joshua Tree is arid and temperature fluctuation of 40 degrees or more is common between day and night. Visitors need to be aware of flash flooding in the rare chance of rain. 

      Safety Concerns In recent years Joshua Tree has had to close various sites due to vandalism. Lock cars and keep valuables out of sight. 

      Health Concerns Visitors need to protect their eyes and skin from the sun and drink enough water. Dehydration is a common problem. Bad sunburns and sore eyes result from bright sunshine. Plan accordingly for a good time.