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Cottonwood Visitor Center

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Address: Pinto Basin Rd. North of South Entrance Station, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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San Jose
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203 reviews 203 reviews
52 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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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13 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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76 helpful votes 76 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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77 attraction reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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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342 helpful votes 342 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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306 reviews 306 reviews
108 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 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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19 helpful votes 19 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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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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52 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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32 helpful votes 32 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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