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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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Avon, Ohio
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664 reviews 664 reviews
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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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101 reviews 101 reviews
52 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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39 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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61 helpful votes 61 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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9 helpful votes 9 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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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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11 helpful votes 11 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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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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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

Very informative and accomodating while explaining details and things not to miss in the park. When they tell you to avoid running over the Tarantuls please do so! They tend to cross the road at times.

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UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Some National Park visitor centres in the USA are a disappointment. This one isn't. It's small but has the essentials and the most helpful Ranger we met. She was great at pointing out the highlights of the park whilst managing the shop at the same time with patience and courtesy.

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