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Joshua Tree National Park
In southeastern California, near Twentynine Palms
A beautiful and strange Joshua Tree forest, rugged geological formations, a handful of palm oases, mining history, homesteading history, and peace and quiet are the attractions at this 792,750-acre park. Its a prime spot for rock climbing and hiking. Two different deserts meet at Joshua Tree: in the north and west portions is the Mojave Desert; and in the south and east portions is the Colorado Desert, a subsystem of the Sonoran Desert. The site was designated a national monument in 1936, redesignated a national park in 1994, and designated a Biosphere Reserve in 1984.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Backpacking, boulder hopping, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing (rentals, town of Joshua Tree), picnicking. Facilities: 3 visitor centers: Twentynine Palms (Rte. 62), Cottonwood (off I—10), Black Rock Nature Center (Yucca Valley), hiking trails. Bookstore and sales areas, picnic tables. Programs & Events: Ranger-led hikes, interpretive talks, and camp-fire programs (mid-Oct.-May). Tips & Hints: Be prepared for all types of weather. Temperatures can reach 110°F June-Sept. Bring plenty of water, at least one gallon per person per day. Go Feb.-mid-May for flowers, Feb.-Apr. and in fall for bird migrations; and in spring, fall, and winter for best weather. Busiest Mar. and Apr., least crowded July and Aug.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Camping: 9 campgrounds in the park: Belle (18 sites; free), Black Rock (100 sites; $10; flush toilets), Cottonwood (62 sites; $10; flush toilets), Hidden Valley (sites; free), Indian Cove (101 sites; $10), Jumbo Rocks (125 sites; free), Ryan (31 sites; free), Sheep Pass (tel. 800/365-2267; 6 sites; $20-$35), White Tank (15 sites; free). Hotels: None in park. In Twentynine Palms: 29 Palms Inn (73950 Inn Ave., tel. 760/ 367-3505; 15 rooms, 4 suites; $75-$100), Roughley Manor (74744 Joe Davis Rd., tel. 760/367-3238; 6 suites; $135-$150). X Restaurants: None in park. In Yucca Valley: Edchadas (56805 Rte. 62, tel. 760/365-7655; $5-$9). Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Twentynine Palms: Circle ? (5687 Adobe Rd., tel. 760/367-6116).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee: $5 per person on foot, $10 per vehicle. No hunting. Leashed pets only. Pets may not be left alone and are restricted to campgrounds and dirt road areas. Mountain bikes only on designated trails and roads open to motorized vehicles. Park open daily. Visitor centers open daily 8-5.
HOW TO GET THERE
50 mi north of Palm Springs. From 1-10, take Rte. 62 north to the town of Joshua Tree and turn south on Park Blvd. to reach west entrance. Park entrances also at Twentynine Palms (15 mi east of Joshua Tree) and off 1-10 (47 mi east of Palm Springs). Closest airport: Palm Springs.
Joshua Tree National Park (74485 National Park Dr., Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, tel. 760/367-5500; 800/365-2267 campground reservations, fax 760/367-6392,). Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce (6455A Mesquite Ave., Twentynine Palms, CA 92277, tel. 760/367-3445,). Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce (Box 600, Joshua Tree, CA 92252, tel. 760/366-3723). Yucca Valley Chamber of Commerce (55569 Rte. 62, Yucca Valley, CA 92284, tel. 760/365-6323,).
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