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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
Phone Number: 7603675500
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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I really like this visitor center off I-10 as it is a great stop before going on hikes or settling into a campsite for the night. Every visit staff is great and knowledgeable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Dee W
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small center, very friendly staff but this is not the interesting end of the park. The best parts are near 29 Palms at the northern end so don't miss that. I was advised by the Ranger that there are bee issues in the less visited part of the park. Apparantly they go for the air conditioning unit on your car,... More 

Thank Albywon
Anchorage, Alaska, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really like this visitor center off I-10 as it is a great stop before going on hikes or settling into a campsite for the night. Every visit staff is great and knowledgeable about park and the different areas.

Thank Dee W
Granada, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

Traveling San Diego to Phoenix stopped off in Palm Springs then popped into the Joshua Tree National Park. The nearest route for us was the loop... Nice walk, great views took us about 2 hours to walk the loop and took loads of photos :-)

1 Thank Clara O
Berkeley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

We stopped here on our way out for a bathroom break and to compare it to the Oasis Visitor Center. This is a smaller center, though with the usual helpful advice and printed info. Water available, too. Must stop if unfamiliar with the park and entering from the South.

Thank Richard H
Riverview, Florida
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663 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 405 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

I would recommend taking the Ranger LED tour of the cactus garden where they give you history of the park as well as information on how the different cactus plants were used by the indigenous cultures

1 Thank Stevied888
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

We found a map and brochures here and paid for our park admittance. It was an average Visitor Center experience.

Thank Anne W
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

We stopped in to ask a couple of questions about trails/roads in the area. The Ranger we spoke to had a bad attitude. We are an older couple in very good shape, properly attired for hiking, and were asking about a trail. He kind of sneered at us and suggested that it might be a little long for us. Really... More 

Thank Janet F
Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

Stop here at the Cottonwood Visitor Center to start your adventure into Joshua Tree. The staff here is very knowledgeable about the entire park and can recommend hiking trails based upon the dynamics of your party. Get a free map here and check out the small store of souvenirs. Our stop here proved very valuable, later, while hiking and finding... More 

1 Thank OregonStrider
Boerne, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2016

Don't expect a whole lot here and you won't be disappointed. This is an average National Park service center but since the park has no running water, you better stop here to use the facilities before entering. There are maps and a small gift shop, along with a restroom with maybe 3 stalls. That's it. It gets hot up here... More 

Thank hillcntrytraveler
Newport, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

We always stop at the Visitor's Center to find out places we must see on our visits to National or State Parks. The ranger at this stop was helpful. We walked around outside to see the various markers on desert plants. That helped us identify plants and wildlife in the park.

1 Thank Sunni J

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