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Rangers and Staff at Oasis of Mara Visiting Center
Favorite thing: They were awesome. They helped us not only with information about the park, but also information around the whole 29 Palms Area. Where does the water in the tap come from? What is the bird that sounds like...? Why are there all these fences around the houses? They could answer all of it and they were helpful, nice, and funny to boot. Make use of this valuable information resource.
Fondest memory: Two favorites - clambering on the monzogranite rock formations and the hike to 49 Palms Oasis.
- Hiking and Walking
Cottonwood Visitor Center
Favorite thing: This center is located at Cottonwood Springs and is open all year from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Water, flush toilets, and a bookstore are available here. There is also a Botanical Walk, but when we walked it, it was really silly. The plants were all babies and many of the signs labeling them were broken. Hopefully this will be improved in the future. This is a good place, however, to get information on places to visit while in the park.
- National/State Park
Oasis Visitor Center and Trail
Favorite thing: This center, located at the Oasis of Mara in Twentynine Palms is Open all year from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Water, flush toilets, telephone, a bookstore, and beverages are available at the center. Sometimes talks are given on the patio, and this is a good place to get information on places to visit in Joshua Tree. The visitor center has a ½ mile paved Oasis of Maria interpretive loop trail and a small exhibit. You may pick up a pamphlet at the beginning of the trail, which will give you information on the history and the natural life of this wonderful oasis.
Fondest memory: I love the fat fan palms with their skirts that sway in the breeze, creating a musical sound as the dry fronds clack together. For me the sound of palms is pure music, as through they were singing just for me.
- National/State Park
Favorite thing: There is no running water in the park that means no shower unless you bring you rown portable shower.
If not, Coyote Corner which is located across Nomad Ventures offers hot showers for $1.50/3 minutes. The shower rooms are clean and well maintained.
Located outside the west entrance at the intersection of Hwy 62 and Park Blvd.
Favorite thing: At Joshua Tree National Park, a different sort of promised land abounds, with the clarity of the air and the absence of human interference playing tricks on the eyes.
Fondest memory: This 8000,000-acre wilderness, designated a national monument in 1936 and then a national park in 1994, plays on the psyche and inspires an almost overwhelming
sence of freedom.
That's a big reason why more and more rural pioneers from the big citieed are seeking respite here, forming a new colony of folk artists, musicians, photographers and the like in the tiny offbeat communities of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley and Twentynine Palms.
- Adventure Travel
How to get to Jtree from Los Angeles
Favorite thing: Take 10 East
Then take U.S. 62 North to the town of Joshua Tree.
Turn right on Park Blvd. which leads directly to JTNP's West entrance (about 5 miles up the road)
Entrance Fee is $10/vehicle
Joshua Tree National Park Travel Guide
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