Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park by Dennis Silvas via Shutterstock.

Joshua Tree National Park, in California, is distinguished by its namesake Joshua trees and starry nights. Its unique desert landscape is dotted with giant boulders and rugged mountains.

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Fast Facts

State(s): California
Area: 795,156 acres (3,217.9 sq km) – 15th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Quail Mountain – 5,813 ft (1771.80 m)
Lowest Elevation: Pinto Wells – 934 feet (284.68 m)
Date Established: October 31, 1994
Annual Visitors: 3,058,294 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Twentynine Palms, California

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Joshua Tree National Park.

  1. Stargazing in this renowned Dark Sky Park
  2. Rock climbing and bouldering
  3. Driving through the park’s scenic roads
  4. Photography, capturing unique Joshua Trees and rock formations
  5. Joining ranger-led evening programs

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Joshua Tree National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Joshua Tree National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Joshua Tree National Park

After hiking and exploring Joshua Tree National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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