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Address: Pinto Basin Rd. North of South Entrance Station, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
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Joshua Tree quick stop

Nice Rangers and visitor center. Will definitely come back when I have time to hike and camp. Interesting location with desert wildlife.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
lamberth54
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Lexington, Kentucky
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Nice Rangers and visitor center. Will definitely come back when I have time to hike and camp. Interesting location with desert wildlife.

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Wichita, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We entered the park through the Cottonwood Visitor Center about 9:30 a.m. today and exited via Joshua Tree Visitor Center. At Cottonwood you park and pay the $20 entrance fee inside - there were very few cars in the parking lot and no lines to pay inside. When we were leaving about 3:00 p.m. out the Joshua Tree exit, the... More 

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Menlo Park, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

Very helpful rangers at Cottonwood Visitor Center off Interstate 10. Told us which hike to take as short on time and pointed out interesting sites along the trail.

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Boise, Idaho
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

I dropped my husband off at the start to ride his bike through the park. I went and toured George Patton Museum just done the road. I have been to the park several times and it is a great park.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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46 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This visitor center was just fine. Nothing really that exciting about it. Typical visitor center. Nice cool air and a break from the heat though. And don't forget to pick up a Junior Ranger packet for your kiddos. Something to keep them occupied and interested. I'm mostly reviewing this because I want people to know that if you want to... More 

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

good place to stop and find out what you want about Joshua tree NP. also nice small nature walk behind the visitors center, at Cottonwood springs. I've been there on 3/2013 - it doesn't allow me to put the correct date...

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We stopped here on our way into Joshua Tree National Park to pick up a map and ask about the area. The ranger was extremely friendly and helpful. He recommended some short hikes in the area and gave me information about the upcoming full moon hike.

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upstate NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015 via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 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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