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Address: Pinto Basin Rd. North of South Entrance Station, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
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Cottonwood launched us

Being from the northeast we arrived to a totally foreign world and the rangers at cottonwood were so helpful providing us guidance for a great adventure. We camped and hiked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 7, 2015
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upstate NY
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upstate NY
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Being from the northeast we arrived to a totally foreign world and the rangers at cottonwood were so helpful providing us guidance for a great adventure. We camped and hiked enjoying the beauty of the dessert in spring. We learned so much about the habitat and even encountered a tortoise on the road.

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Houston
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 via mobile

We only had an afternoon to spend and ranger was nice to highlight the best places. Some of the sights we saw was cholla cactus, skull rock, split rock, keys view our favorite, and a few others. Her guidance helped us keep on schedule since we had to leave by 4pm to Las Vegas. Picked up a small bag, bookmarkers,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The rangers in the visitor's center are very helpful, and the oasis parking is just a mile up the road. Even if you are short on time, it's easy enough to get a quick hike in at the oasis. It's so interesting and different from most sights you get here and in other parks, that it shouldn't be missed.

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San Jose
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60 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

You can tell this smaller visitors' centre at the south end of the park gets less visitors. We thought we had seen everything we wanted to see. The rangers encouraged us to visit Cottonwood Spring. We were very glad we did. After the dryness of the low desert in contract to the high desert, it felt like we had found... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
16 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We exited Joshua Tree through the Cottonwood Visitors Centre. The staff and rangers were helpful and friendly. Good wee gift shop. Got a well priced book on reptiles for our grandson. Worthwhile to drop in on the way in or out of Joshua Tree and only a few miles from I-10 to access the Coachella Valley.

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Oakmont, Pennsylvania
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58 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

The Cottonwood Visitors Center was our first stop into the Joshua Tree NP. The rangers there were extremely helpful in assisting us plan our day in the park. They couldn't have been nicer. The ranger attending the cash register suggested we get a senior citizens pass which costs $10, and gets us in any National Park/Forest/Monument free for life (normal... More 

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Ringgold, Georgia
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226 reviews 226 reviews
82 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Very friendly staff who will go the extra mile to assist visitors. Good spot to get maps, buy extra water, or, use the bathroom before entering the park. It is a ways to the next rest stop. This location is about 70 miles from the western entrance.

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Foothill Ranch, California
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207 reviews 207 reviews
117 attraction reviews
397 helpful votes 397 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Joshua Tree's Southern most entrance was closed by the time I got there. Not closed as in permanently, but closed for the day. It was dark and after 5 by the time I got there.

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Agoura Hills, California
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138 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 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
23 helpful votes 23 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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