Joshua Tree Packing Checklist
- Water—at least one gallon per person per day.
- Food—more than you think you'll need.
- Ice and ice chest.
- Sun hat and sunscreen.
- Sturdy footwear.
- First aid kit.
Herein, can I take my dog to Joshua Tree?
While pets are allowed in the park, their activities are restricted. They must be on a leash at all times and cannot be more than 100 feet from a road, picnic area, or campground. They are prohibited from trails, and they must never be left unattended- especially in a vehicle. Desert heat can be deadly to your pet.
Where is the Joshua Tree?
The west and north park entrances are at the towns of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms. From Los Angeles, take I-10 east to Calif. 62 (Twentynine Palms Hwy.) to Twentynine Palms (about 140 miles total). The south entrance is located at Cottonwood Spring, approximately 25 miles east of Indio off I-10.
Why is Joshua Tree National Park called Joshua Tree?
"The name Joshua tree was given by a group of Mormon settlers who crossed the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree's unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer."