Joshua Tree National Park in Palm Springs, California Covering some 800,000 acres, Joshua Tree National Park offers visitors a wealth of outdoor recreation and adventure opportunities. Hiking, camping, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, wildflower viewing, and exploring forests of rare and beautiful Joshua trees are just a few of the reasons this park is one of California's most popular natural attractions, visited by more than 1.25 million people each year.
Joshua Tree National Park History.
Joshua Tree National Park was first inhabited by Native Americans and later by explorers, cattle ranchers, and miners, who built dams and mined for gold, plundering many of the park's natural resources. In 1936, a wealthy patron named Minerva Hamilton Hoyt persuaded President Franklin D. Roosevelt to designate Joshua Tree as a National Monument. It became a National Park in 1994.
Hotel Near Joshua Tree National Park.
Undoubtedly the highlight of any visit to the Palm Springs and Indio desert is a tour of Joshua Tree National Park, one of California's most spectacular natural wonders. At the Indio Super 8, we make it easy. Our affordable, newly renovated, and pet-friendly hotel is located only 20 miles from the Cottonwood Visitor & Information Center at the southern entrance to Joshua Tree National Park. Spend the day at Joshua Tree and the night at Indio's only elevator-accessible hotel, a newly renovated property with complimentary parking and breakfast, an outdoor pool, fitness room, and many other amenities.
Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Activities.
You could spend days touring all the sights and attractions in Joshua Tree National Park, but visitors with limited time should not miss one of the 12 self-guided nature trails along the main road through the park, three of which (Bajada, Cap Rock, and the Oasis of Mara) are wheelchair accessible. Joshua Tree houses 501 archeological sites, 88 historic structures, 19 cultural sites, and more than 123,000 artifacts. The park also includes nine campgrounds, many picnic areas, and numerous exhibits along the road and at the park's four visitor centers.