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Cottonwood Visitor Center

Address: Pinto Basin Rd. North of South Entrance Station, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
Phone Number: No phone
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Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
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Type: National Parks, Nature & Parks
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Ringgold, Georgia
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206 reviews 206 reviews
77 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 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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202 reviews 202 reviews
117 attraction reviews
327 helpful votes 327 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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289 reviews 289 reviews
106 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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723 reviews 723 reviews
473 attraction reviews
1,030 helpful votes 1,030 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
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
46 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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109 reviews 109 reviews
35 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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41 reviews 41 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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158 reviews 158 reviews
68 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 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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