Joshua Tree Fast Facts

  • Joshua Tree National Park covers a total area of 789,745 acres
  • The number of people visiting Joshua Tree in 2017 was 2,853,619 *
  • Joshua Tree was made a national park on October 31, 1994
  • The lowest elevation found in Joshua Tree is 934 feet at Pinto Wells
  • The highest elevation found in Joshua Tree is 5,813 feet on Quail Mountain
  • The entrance fee for Joshua Tree is $30 per vehicle per week
  • Joshua Tree National Park lies in the Pacific time zone
  • We last visited Joshua Tree National Park in April 2016
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Joshua Tree Visitation Statistics


Random Facts About Joshua Tree

  • Minerva Hoyt, a resident of Pasadena, was concerned about the removal of cacti and other plants to the gardens of Los Angeles. Her efforts to protect this area lead to 825,000 acres being set aside as Joshua Tree National Monument in 1936
  • As part of the Desert Protection Bill, Joshua Tree National Monument was elevated to national park status on October 31, 1994. The bill also added 234,000 acres. This same act also elevated Death Valley National Park to its current size and status.
  • Early explorer John Fremont described Joshua trees as “the most repulsive tree in the vegetable Kingdom”.
  • Mormon pioneers were more impressed by the trees. They thought the limbs of the Joshua trees resembled the upstretched arms of Joshua leading them to the promised land, and the tree’s name is thought to have come from them.
  • More than 550,000 acres of Joshua Tree National Park’s nearly 800,000 acres are designated as wilderness.

Where is Joshua Tree National Park?

Joshua Tree National Park is located in the desert of southern California, east of the Palm Springs area. The cities of Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley are near the northern boundary of the park, and act as good base cities for a visit. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Joshua Tree.

North Entrance
(34.077770937039986, -116.03657806059346)
South Entrance
(33.675848876634696, -115.80150926252827)
West Entrance
(34.09355181332288, -116.26542413243442)

More About Joshua Tree

We have pages on all sorts of things about Joshua Tree National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, Road Guides, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.