Frequently Asked Questions

May I bring my dog to the park?

While pets are allowed in the park, their activities are restricted. They must be on a leash at all times and cannot be more than 100 feet from a road, picnic area, or campground; they are prohibited from trails, and they must never be left unattended—not even in a vehicle. Learn more about bringing a pet to the park.

What time does the park close?

The park is always open and may be visited any time of year. Visitor center hours vary.

Do I need to make campground reservations?

Camping reservations may be made online for family sites at Black Rock and Indian Cove, as well as all group sites. You may also reserve sites by calling 1-877-444-6777. Other campgrounds are first-come, first-served, and fill quickly on weekends and during spring break. During the summer, reservations are only taken for group sites. More...

What will the weather be like this weekend?

It is best to check the weather forecast just before you leave home. Even then, remember that temperature changes of 40 degrees within 24 hours are common. Bring a variety of clothes that you can layer on and off as conditions change.

When will the wildflowers be at their best?

The extent and timing of wildflower blooms vary from year to year depending upon rains at the right time, warm-enough temperatures to produce flower stalks but not so warm as to dry out the plants, the elevation at which the plant is growing, and the type of plant.

How did the Joshua tree get its name?

According to legend, Mormon pioneers considered the limbs of the Joshua trees to resemble the upstretched arms of Joshua, leading them to the promised land. However, this tale is not substantiated in record and might be more myth than history. Joshua trees have gone by many names, including hunuvat chiy’a, huêlye, dirk pear tree, yucca tree, and dragon yucca. It is currently unknown how the name, Joshua tree, stuck while the others did not. Learn more about Joshua trees.

What fees will I have to pay?

There are fees associated with park entrance, camping, and some tours. There is no fee for parking your vehicle in the park. Visit our Fees & Passes page to learn more.

What amenities are in the park?

There are bathrooms, picnic areas, campgrounds, hiking trails, and historic structures. See the park map for locations.

Last updated: May 16, 2021

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