Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Ranger at Joshua Tree National Park. Photo Credit: Lisa Hernandez
Ranger at Joshua Tree National Park. Photo Credit: Lisa Hernandez

74485 National Park Dr.
Twentynine Palms, California 92277
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Local Phone: (760) 367-5500

The park service discourages canine visitors with this website warning:

"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—not even in a vehicle."

Here is a more detailed message, as directed to rock climbers:

"Leave Your Dog at Home"
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. Park temperatures peak at over 100°F, turning the inside of your car into an oven. If your dog is at the base of a climb while your partner is bringing you up, then your dog is unattended.

Your canine companion may be a model of good behavior, but dogs are predators and their mere presence stresses wildlife. Dog waste poses the same disposal problems as human waste, and even a tied dog can destroy vegetation."

And here is the caveat for DogTrekkers: In Joshua Tree there is much to see from a car window, from picnic areas, from the sides of roads where it's legal to walk with a pet, and along more than 500 miles of backcountry roads that are also fair game for dog walkers. Just remember to carry plenty of water and always, always pick up pet waste or bury it at least six inches underground.

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Abby at Joshua Tree National Park <br/> Photo Credit: jesslynncline (CC)
Abby at Joshua Tree National Park
Photo Credit: jesslynncline (CC)
Even if you’ve never been to Joshua Tree National Park or Anza Borrego Desert State Park, you know these two spectacular parcels of public lands from photographs of exotic Joshua trees (a member of the agave family named by Mormon pioneers after the biblical figure), silhouetted against a sunset sky; rock climbers negotiating surreal boulder formations; and, in the state park, spring wildflowers stretching as far as the eye can see. While activities with dogs are severely restricted at both preserves, enough access exists for both you and your furry sidekick to have a tail-waggin’ good time.

As at most national parks, regulations at Joshua Tree prohibit dogs from accompanying their people on trails—but not from driving through to admire the scenery or enjoy a picnic at a site surrounded by the fuzzy, forklike agave from which the park takes its name. more »
Ranger at Joshua Tree National Park. Photo Credit: Lisa Hernandez
Ranger at Joshua Tree National Park. Photo Credit: Lisa Hernandez
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Luxury camping cabin - Scott Wallace (CC)
Luxury camping cabin - Scott Wallace (CC)
Maybe you like the idea of camping but don’t own (or care to own) the requisite equipment. Enter “glamping,” a hybrid word referring to rustic-chic, outdoor-oriented lodging that doesn’t involve pitching your own tent. A new player on the scene, Inn Town Campground, just outside the Gold Country town of Nevada City, does it right with a colony of safari-style tents outfitted with electricity, comfy beds, fresh linens, artsy accessories and outdoor seating. more »
Photo Credit: Ranch Seeker (CC)
Photo Credit: Ranch Seeker (CC)
What’s glamping? It’s one of those made-up fusion words meant to convey the idea of “glamorous” camping, a concept adopted from African safari tradition and catching on in California and elsewhere in the world. Glamping for DogTrekkers might involve a dog-friendly platform tent, yurt, tipi, Airstream trailer or any other kind of outdoors-oriented lodging where guests aren’t required to pitch a tent.   more »
Photo courtesy of Madjag (CC)
Photo courtesy of Madjag (CC)
As at most national parks, regulations at Joshua Tree prohibit dogs from accompanying you on trails—but not from driving through to admire the scenery or enjoy a picnic at a site surrounded by the fuzzy, forklike cacti from which the park takes its name. In a day’s visit, you can watch rock climbers negotiating the park’s signature boulder formations in the Quail Springs and Hidden Valley day-use areas; enjoy sweeping vistas of the Coachella Valley from Keys View; and enjoy an 18-mile geology motor tour through some of the park’s most fascinating landscapes. more »
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