Joshua Tree National Park in Winter

by | Oct 26, 2020 | California, USA

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The combination of cooler temperatures and clear skies make for perfect conditions during a visit to Joshua Tree National Park in Winter and it is one of the most popular times in the park.

Having recently visited Joshua Tree National Park in Winter we wanted to share our experience and our tips for visiting Joshua Tree in Winter.

Joshua Trees

Joshua Tree on our most recent December visit


Where to Stay in Joshua Tree in Winter

There are lots of accommodation options in Joshua Tree, ranging from basic hotels to luxurious Airbnb’s. We recommend staying in TwentyNine Palms. It is right beside the quieter North entrance to Joshua Tree National Park and is within easy reach of many of the main sights in the park.

  • M&L Desert Cottage AirBnb: the perfect desert escape just 5 minutes from the north entrance. The bright and airy interior is super stylish and there are twin hammocks outdoors for watching the magical Joshua Tree sunset – check prices now!
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Twentynine Palms – clean and comfortable motel well located for exploring the park. The hotel has a small pool and there is a grocery store just across the road for supplies – check prices now!
  • Camping in Joshua Tree: there are 9 campgrounds with a total of 500 campsites located within Joshua Tree National Park. Most are advance reservation during the winter months with 3 of the smaller campgrounds (Belle, Hidden Valley and White Tank) remaining first come, first served.

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Joshua Tree National Park Winter Weather

Winters tend to be cool and pleasant in Joshua Tree National Park. Many choose to visit the park during these months to avoid the stifling summer temperatures – during July and August temperatures in Joshua Tree can reach 100°F.

  • Temperatures: On average, daytime temperatures tend to reach between 60°F and 70°F from December through February. Winter temperatures drop significantly at night, with an average low temperature of around 37°F during the same period.
  • Rain: rain is relatively infrequent during the winter months with one or two days of rainfall.
  • Snow: although rare, snow is not unheard of in the winter months.

Joshua Tree National Park Winter tip: having spent most of our winters between Ireland and New York, we loved the winter weather in Joshua Tree. Our days were warm and sunny but it was cool, even cold, in the mornings and evenings. Make sure to bring layers to wrap up when the temperature drops.

Joshua Tree in snow

Joshua Tree under a layer from fresh snow


Getting to Joshua Tree in Winter

Joshua Tree is one of the best National Parks near Las Vegas to visit in winter and it is a 3 hour drive from the city. Many visitors also arrive from LA (3 hour drive), Palm Springs (45 minute drive) or the town of Joshua Tree (10 minute drive).

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