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5 Reasons to Explore Joshua Tree National Park

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Joshua Tree National Park is one of those special places that will take you out of this world. From the park's namesake trees that seem to have come out of a Dr. Seuss book, to the massive, bulbous rock formations protruding out of the desert expanse, Joshua Tree feels like another planet. This mecca for campers, hikers, photographers, and rock climbers alike has infinite adventure potential, but here are some of our favorites to check out.

Camping Near Arch Rock

Camping at White Tank Campgrounds is the ideal situation: experience the very best of Joshua Tree, like Arch Rock, without the crowds of some of the more popular and more concentrated camping areas. Learn More.

Get Your Shot of the Wall Street Mill

Joshua Tree is spectacular during the day but if you're a photographer, you might just lose your mind with the potential for amazing night sky photography. Learn More.

Camp At Indian Cove Campground

Set up camp at one of these beautiful, large campsites amid towering rock formations and you'll be walking distance to excellent rock climbing crags and hiking trails. Learn More.

Cactus Garden Sunrise

Grab your camera and hit the Cholla Cactus Garden first thing in the morning or after a long day of climbing or hiking. The golden hour light passing through the dense needles creates an amazing glowing effect. Learn More.

Rock Climbing Locomotion

This climbing spot near Hidden Valley Campgrounds is quintessential Joshua Tree crack climbing. There is a reason Hidden Valley is the most popular area in the park - the campgrounds are literally surrounded by world class rock climbing suitable for all abilities. Learn More.

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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