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Area: 793,000 Acres
Lat: 33.870012
Lon: 115.75752
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Joshua Tree National Park - Site # 100
Five California fan palm oases provide water, food and shade to resident house finches, ;hainopeplas, mourning doves, and Gambel's quail.
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Background: Rugged 5,500-foot peaks give way to Mohave and Sonoran desert ecosystems, an arid landscape known for its dramatic Joshua trees. The tree's dagger-like leaves and cream-colored blossoms are a magnet for cactus wrens, ladder-backed woodpeckers, and Scott's orioles. Yucca night lizards, ground squirrels, and wood rats are usually nearby. Five California fan palm oases provide water, food and shade to resident house finches, ;hainopeplas, mourning doves, and Gambel's quail. Western pipistrelles and other bats pass the day among the fronds, day and night, desert cottontails, coyotes, kit foxes, bobcats, and desert bighorn sheep make secretive trips to the water. The lower desert's creosote bush and cacti shelter black-throated sparrows, desert iguanas, and kangaroo rats, a half-dozen rattlesnake species make this desert their home. Be sure to stop at the Twentynine Palms Visitor Center.

The Experience: Three desert ecosytems connect within the park

Wildlife and Where to Find It: Car, hiking and overlooks

Viewing Tips: More than 230 bird species, many mammals, reptiles. High probability of seeing songbirds in spring and fall, reptiles from spring through fall. Birds of prey are seen year-round. Low probability of seeing small mammals, predators, and bighorn sheep, but all are present year-round. Watch for wildlife near oases and water, during mornings and evenings. Three visitor centers. Horse trails, driving tour. HOT SUMMERS. WINDING, NARROW ROADS.

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Visitor Information: California Welcome Center, Yucca Valley - (760) 365-5464 - http://www.visitcwc.com/destinations/yuccavalley/index.php
Viewing Site Hours of Operation are:
Staff On-site: Yes
Open: Everday
Hours: 24 hours
Year Round: Yes

Road Information:   Paved.  Dirt. 
 Roads available year-round.
Road Hazards: Flash floods
 Number of Parking Spaces: 0
Parking Fee: 
Proximity to viewing area:
 Pull-Through Parking: Yes
Parking Notes: 

How to Get There: Main entrance, From Interstate 10,take Highway 62 to Joshua Tree or Twentynine Palms. In town of Joshua Tree, turn south on Park Boulevard to visitor center, in Twentynine Palms, turn south on Utah Trail to visitor center. Or use south entrance off Interstate 10, 26 miles east of Indio.

Contact Information
Managing Agency: National Park Service
Agency Site URL:  http://www.nps.gov/jotr
Physical Address:74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Agency 2:74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Manager Phone:(760) 367-5500 Contact Us:by Email
Site Phone:(760) 367-7500
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