History & Culture

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Online History Exhibit

Explore our online exhibit, "People of the Desert", and discover the rich history found in Joshua Tree National Park's museum collections.

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Park History

Joshua Tree was designated a National Monument in 1936 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and accorded National Park status in 1994.

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Delve into the colorful stories from Joshua Tree's unique cast of characters.

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Learn about the history of the people and cultures connected to this land.

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The park stores more than 241,000 objects in its museum collections and protects hundreds of archeological sites and historic structures.

Last updated: April 23, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277-3597


760 367-5500

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