Visiting Joshua Tree National Park This Spring

Spring months will be busy at Joshua Tree National Park; see if you can find a new secret place there/NPS file

March and April are traditionally the busiest months of the year at Joshua Tree National Park in California. The park expects high visitation this coming spring based on recent trends.

A typical spring day includes limited parking, full campgrounds, and lines to get into the park. While no day is exactly the same, the three best ways to prepare for any day visiting Joshua Tree are: 

  • Plan mid-week trips — Joshua Tree is busiest on weekends and holidays, which can mean significant traffic congestion.
  • Buy a digital pass — Buy your pass ahead of time by logging onto This pass can provide a smoother, quicker entry into the park.  
  • Arrive before 10 a.m. — Avoid entering the park between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and avoid exiting the park around sunset.   

 Other tips to prepare for your park visit:   

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