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Cottonwood Visitor Center

Pinto Basin Rd. North of South Entrance Station, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
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Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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Agoura Hills, California
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247 reviews 247 reviews
95 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We started our trip at Cottonwood Visitor Center and the ranger was very helpful in planning our hikes and stops along the way to 29 Palms. They were both helpful, friendly and shared lots of good information. They also have a two mile trail in back of the Visitors Center which identifies the local plants. The visitor center also has... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Just 9 miles north of I-10, Cottonwood Visitor Centor was our starting point for a round trip drive from Indio through the entire park to the northern exit and returning to Indio through Palm Springs. The drive was very smooth as it traversed an excellent, newly paved road through very diverse low and high desert scenery and flora. It was... More

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Avon, Ohio
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444 attraction reviews
945 helpful votes 945 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The Cottonwood Visitor Center is located 9mi (14.6k) inside the South Entrance of Joshua Tree National Park which is just north of Interstate 10 and about 25mi (40k) east of Indio. This visitor center is actually located 32mi (52k) south of the North Entrance near Twentynine Palms. There is little reason to stop here due to the indefinite closing of... More

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Western Colorado
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104 reviews 104 reviews
52 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Farthest south campground from the town of Joshua Tree and closest to Highway 10 and one of the few that can handle large rv's ; however, half the fabulous trails are currently closed for an unlimited time period as they have had slides from old mining sites that have minerals that apparently are harmful.

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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46 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We stopped here twice while driving through the park. Very glad of its location as there are no other "comfort" stations for miles around. If you are headed south beyond the park toward Mecca or Salton Sea be sure to take Box Canyon Road. Good, scenic drive. Don't attempt Box Canyon Road if it is raining!

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Montrose, Colorado
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94 reviews 94 reviews
25 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We stopped here on our way out of Joshua Tree National Park. We should have gone into the park through here. Very interesting exhibits about the park.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

Lots of information available and knowledgeable staff. Restrooms very clean. Good starting point for the park.

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toronto
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60 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

The staff here were great and provided lots of information about the wildflowers and birds in the park. They also took the time to explain areas to hike. They were much more helpful than the staff at the Joshua Tree Visitors Center.

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Tetonia, Idaho
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

The rangers at Cottonwood are doing a yeoman's job keeping things together in the face the sequester.

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San Francisco
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84 reviews 84 reviews
44 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Good place to get information about what is opened and closed in the park before drive it. Helpful and courteous staff.

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