Park Boulevard (Part 2)
Park Boulevard connects the North Entrance near the town of Twentynine Palms to the West Entrance near the town of Joshua Tree. We cover this road in two sections. Part 2 runs from the Oyster Bar parking area to the West Entrance. It is covered below. For Part 1, from the North Entrance to the Oyster Bar parking area, see Park Boulevard Part 1.
Mile 14.4 – Ryan Ranch Trailhead
The Ryan Ranch Trailhead is on the left. This is an easy half mile hike to the ruins of an old ranch.
Mile 14.5 – Ryan Campground
Access to the Ryan Campground is on the left. For information on all of the Joshua Tree campgrounds, see Joshua Tree Camping.
Mile 15.0 – Keys View Road
On the left is Keys View Road, which leads 5.4 miles to the best vista point in the park. A paved walkway runs along the viewpoint area, and Keys View Loop Trail is available as well.
Mile 16.6 – Keys Ranch, Barker Dam, Hidden Valley
Several destinations are grouped together here. Keys Ranch and Barker Dam hikes, as well as the Hidden Valley Campground, are on the right.
Mile 16.8 – Hidden Valley Nature Trailhead
Hidden Valley Nature Trail and Picnic Area, as well as Intersection Rock, are on the left.
Mile 17.8 – Hemingway Climbing Area
The parking area for the Hemingway climbing area is on the left. This also happens to be a convenient place to stop for scenery and joshua trees.
Mile 18.1 – Lost Horse Road
The unpaved Lost Horse Road heads off to the left.
Mile 19.0 – Boy Scout Trailhead
Parking for the Boy Scout Trail is on the right. At least a short walk should be taken here, as it allows a great closeup view of lots of joshua trees.
Mile 19.7 – Quail Spring Picnic Area
The Quail Spring Picnic Area is on the left.
Mile 25.6 – Entrance Station
The road passes through the entrance station for the West Entrance. If you’re taking this route in reverse, the entrance fee must be paid here or a valid pass shown. Even if you are exiting, you may need to show proof of payment or your pass.
Mile 25.7 – Park Boundary
The road passes the entrance sign at the West Entrance and leaves the park. It continues on 5 miles to a visitor center and the town of Joshua Tree.