10 days in Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

10 days in Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

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10 days in Joshua Tree National Park Itinerary

Start: Riverside
Drive:  2​h 30​min
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Joshua Tree National Park
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Riverside

9
nights
Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park ©
Joshua Tree National Park takes its name from the Joshua tree, a twisted, spiky tree with bayonet-shaped leaves at the top that's one of the few plant species hardy enough to thrive in the extreme climate of the Mojave Desert.
Change things up with these side-trips from Joshua Tree National Park: General George S. Patton Memorial Museum (in Chiriaco Summit) and High sierra oasis/ route 66 (in Essex). The adventure continues: admire the verdant scenery at Hidden Valley Nature Trail, explore the striking landscape at Skull Rock, look for all kinds of wild species at Barker Dam Trail, and explore and take pictures at Geology Tour Road.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Joshua Tree National Park road trip planner .

Riverside to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, Joshua Tree National Park is somewhat warmer than Riverside - with highs of 101°F and lows of 76°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

High sierra oasis/ route 66, General George S. Patton Memorial Museum
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Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View
Skull Rock ©
Skull Rock

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