On the Oasis of Mara
73950 Inn Avenue, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Phone (760) 367-3505  FAX (760) 367-4425
email: theoasis@29palmsinn.com

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The Great National Parks of Southern California

Oasis of Mara by Chuck Caplinger

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Joshua Tree National Park

Explore nearly 800,000 acres of some of the most fascinating geology found in the California desert.
Rugged mountains of twisted rock and exposed granite monoliths testify to the tremendous earth
forces that shaped and formed this land. Enjoy rock climbing, hiking, camping, birding, star gazing and
an incredible landscape nature photography.

We suggest that everyone begin their tour at the Joshua Tree National Park Oasis Visitors Center
which is a short walk from the 29 Palms Inn and open daily from 8am to 5pm. You will have the
chance to chat with Park Staff who will provide you with current information about conditions and
help you plan your visit through the park.
If you have a few hours or less:
With limited time you’ll likely want to stay
on the main park roads where you’ll be able
to stop at one of many pullouts that have
wayside exhibits. There are a variety of
short walks and nature trails you can visit
during a short trip into the park, many of
which are less than 1 mile loops. Check out
the current visitors guide for maps and trail
Walk the Hidden Valley Nature Trail at Joshua Tree National Park
Ranger programs at Joshua Tree National Park
If you plan to spend an entire day:
Over the course of a full day in the park
you’ll have the chance to walk a few nature
trails or explore some of the longer hiking
trails that range from 3 miles to 16 miles. Be
sure to check out the schedule online to see
if you can sign up for a ranger-led program
which are fun, interactive, and help you get
the most out of your park visit.
Hidden Valley Nature Trail & Picnic Area
Sign up for a Ranger Program in the park

Mojave National Preserve

Death Valley

Desert sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million-
acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines,
homesteads, rock-walled military outposts and vast open Mojave Desert Wilderness.

Located 1  1/2 hour north of Twentynine Palms, the Mojave National Preserve provides serenity and
solitude - an escape from modern urban life.

Visit the official Mojave National Preserve website for additional park information.
Death Valley is part of the Mojave Desert and is the lowest and driest area in North America. Death
Valley's Badwater Basin is the point of the lowest elevation in North America at 282 feet below sea
level. Death Valley's Furnace Creek holds the record for the highest reliably reported air temperature
in the world, 134 °F (56.7 °C) on July 10, 1913. 

This vast national park has over 3 million-acres of designated wilderness with an amazing variety of
terrain, historic sites, plants and animals for outdoor adventurers to explore. With nearly one
thousand miles of paved and dirt backcountry roads there are lots of opportunities for recreation and

Located 4 1/2 hours north of Twentynine Palms, CA.

Visit the Death Valley National Park Service website for additional park information and plan your
visit today.

Sign up for a Desert Institute Class
Take advantage of a wide range of programs that include educational adventures, seminars, family
programs and courses on hiking, survival skills, creative arts in the park, natural science and cultural
history. These courses enable participants to experience the park in an engaging way alongside
expert instructors who provide a personal and fun learning experience on these educational
experiences. Check out the Desert Institutes current class schedule online.
Joshua Tree National Park Association
Joshua Tree National Park Association is a nonprofit
organization formed to assist with preservation, education,
historical and scientific programs for the benefit of Joshua
Tree National Park and its visitors.
Field Class with the Joshua Tree National Park Association
Caruthers Canyon (NPS Photo)
Caruthers Canyon Mojave National Preserve NPS Photo
Uplift in the Sand Flats at Death Valley National Park NPS Photo
Uplift on the salt flats (NPS Photo)
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Joshua Tree National Park
Rock formations
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