Joshua Tree National Park

Southeastern California

History

Successive Native American cultures inhabited this area for thousands of years. Villages were founded near desert oases and tribespeople harvested desert plants for food, medicine and building materials, as well as hunted wildlife such as bighorn sheep. Starting in the mid-19th century, miners and ranchers arrived. This area was also the birthplace of the California desert-conservation movement. The 1994 California Desert Protection Act turned it into a national park.


It is named for the Joshua tree forests native to the park. It covers a land area of about 800,000 acres and about half of the park is a designated wilderness area. It's between the San Bernardino County/Riverside County border, and includes parts of two deserts, the higher Mojave Desert and lower Colorado Desert. The Little San Bernardino Mountains run through the southwest edge of the park.

Things To Do

  • Camping
  • Hiking Trails
  • Nature Trails
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ranger Program