11 days in Joshua Tree National Park & Death Valley National Park Itinerary

11 days in Joshua Tree National Park & Death Valley National Park Itinerary

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11 days in Joshua Tree National Park & Death Valley National Park Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
1
Joshua Tree National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Death Valley National Park
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h
End: Newark

4
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.
Visiting Barker Dam Trail and Hidden Valley Nature Trail will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Cottonwood Spring Oasis, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Eureka Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Skull Rock, and contemplate the long history of Keys Ranch.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Joshua Tree National Park trip itinerary maker website .

Newark to Joshua Tree National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Newark to Joshua Tree National Park, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Newark in October, expect Joshua Tree National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Death Valley National Park.

Things to do in Joshua Tree National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Cottonwood Spring Oasis ©
Cottonwood Spring Oasis
Hidden Valley Nature Trail ©
Hidden Valley Nature Trail
Keys View ©
Keys View

6
nights
Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park ©
Extreme heat and dryness create extreme landscapes in Death Valley National Park.
Step out of the city life by going to Zabriskie Point and Artists Dr. Your inner history buff will appreciate Harmony Borax Works and Geologist's Cabin. Change things up with a short trip to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Amargosa Valley (about 1h 15 min away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Badwater Basin, steep yourself in history at Eureka Mine, take in the dramatic natural features at Artists Palette, and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Skidoo Mill.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Death Valley National Park holiday website .

Getting from Joshua Tree National Park to Death Valley National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Joshua Tree National Park in November since evenings lows in Death Valley National Park dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Death Valley National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
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Zabriskie Point ©
Zabriskie Point
Badwater Basin ©
Badwater Basin
Artists Dr ©
Artists Dr

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