Best Times to Visit Joshua Tree National Park
The best time to visit Joshua Tree National Park is March to May and October to November. Though the park is open year-round, temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average high of about 85 degrees. It's worth noting that temperatures vary depending on where you are in the park. Daytime winter temperatures hover around 60 degrees, while nighttime temps dip to 30 degrees. What's more, it occasionally snows at higher elevations. Summers can be sweltering, with temperatures reaching more than 100 degrees during the day and around 75 degrees at night.
Weather in Joshua Tree National Park
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
Wildflowers generally start blooming in lower elevations of the park in February and at higher elevations in March and April. The flowers draw in hordes of tourists eager to see their beauty. Regions above 5,000 feet may shelter plants blooming as late as June. Of course, when the wildflowers will bloom is unpredictable and depends on the weather. Park staff and volunteers update an online wildflower report, where you can see what's blooming and where. If you're thinking about camping, it's a good idea to make a reservation well in advance, as many sites fill up fast. Some of the campsites require reservations, while others are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The hottest time of the year in the park means fewer visitors, but it's important to take precautions regarding the scorching temperatures, including bringing plenty of water, wearing proper clothing and avoiding strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day. The heat does keep away many visitors; some of the campgrounds do close during the summer.
Pleasant weather draws in visitors who can enjoy the park more comfortably in temperatures ranging from the mid-80s in the day and the 50s at night.
|December-February||Winter brings much cooler days, with temperatures around 60 degrees and freezing nights. It will occasionally even snow at higher elevations.|
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