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Address: Pinto Basin Rd. North of South Entrance Station, Joshua Tree National Park, CA 92277
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Start at Joshua Tree Visitor Center

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 14, 2015
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Indianapolis, Indiana

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 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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