About

Background

Joshua Tree National Park (formed as a Monument in 1936, and designated National Park status in 1994) has long enjoyed a reputation as a world-class climbing mecca. For many decades climbers from around the world have come to experience its steep cracks, exposed slabs, and huge granite domes.

As rock climbing became more popular, it became apparent that a private, non-profit organization was needed to work with varying issues such as ecosystem preservation, wildlife preservation, and endangered species protection, and how those issues relate to climbers’ access. Simply put, the park and its climbers needed an activist group.

Local climbers responded to the challenge, organized, and in 1991 formed Friends of Joshua Tree to represent climbers’ interests in Joshua Tree National Park. This dedication that first formed Friends of Joshua Tree continues today.

How we do it

We are the grassroots access group for JTNP. We represent climbers, and by extension the other responsible recreation groups who use the Park, like hikers, wildlife viewers, night sky enthusiasts, backpackers and campers.

Friends of Joshua Tree works to ensure that future generations of climbers will be able to enjoy the park. The following are our areas of focus:

  • National Park liaison: Over the past twenty years, Friends of Joshua Tree has established a proactive dialogue with the National Park Service to ensure continued climbing access in the park. Through collaborations with the park administration, Friends of Josh has had a guiding hand in the Back country and Wilderness Management Plan, and is playing an integral part in the writing of the new Joshua Tree National Park Climbing Policy.  We are the first climbing advocacy group in the country to secure a Memo Of Understanding (MOU) with the National Park Service.
  • Primary JOSAR/Search & Rescue partner to the Park: FOJT is the primary funding partner for the all volunteer Search & Rescue organization, among the busiest in the American West (nearly 2 Million visitors come to Joshua Tree National Park each year… and many are unprepared for the experience, or get lost).
  • Trail restoration: Friends of Joshua Tree works with the Access Fund and the National Park Service to establish and maintain trails in the park, and urges climbers and others to approach crags only via designated trails. Several times per year FOJT musters a strong volunteer corps to effect positive impact in the Park’s myriad trails and damaged or sensitive natural areas.
  • Desert ecology: Friends of Joshua Tree advocates “leave no trace” practices, urging climbers and others to respect the sensitive plant and animal life flourishing in the fragile desert ecology.
  • Litter-free desert: Friends of Joshua Tree urges climbers and others to pack out all trash, and to use designated bathrooms whenever available.
  • Park improvements: Friends of Joshua Tree provides input on various park issues such as automobile parking, raptor nesting protection, various user trails and environmental impact,  and others important to climbers and other visitors.

We also work directly with climbers to educate them on important park issues; through events, slide shows, public gatherings, and town hall meetings, climbers learn about issues ranging from crag access and bolting policy to park preservation and desert plant & animal protection. Friends of Josh keeps its members up-to-date through its Web site and newsletter Wonderland, published three times a year.

Our Mission

Friends of Joshua Tree is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historical tradition of climbing in Joshua Tree National Park. Friends of Joshua Tree advocates, communicates, and encourages ethical and environmentally sound climbing practices, and works to shape park policy on climbing and climbing-related issues. Toward that end, Friends of Joshua Tree acts as the liaison between the climbing community and the National Park service.

Our Goals

The Friends of Joshua Tree works to keep the rock in Joshua Tree National Park open to climbers. We recognize this depends on the cooperation of rock climbers and land managers. Our goals are to educate all Josh climbers to recognize and to limit the impacts of their climbing practices on the environment, and to partner with the park service to create a climbing management plan that best represents climbers’ interests.

FOJT Board Of Directors 2017

  • Director General – Dave Pylman
  • John Lauretig
  • Kier Stiteler
  • Tim Richards
  • Byron Cook
  • Miriam Taylor
  • Chris Morrisette

NPS Representatives (as of Jan. 22, 2017) 

  • David Smith – Park Superintendent
  • Karyl Yeston – Chief Ranger
  • Dan Messaros –District Ranger
  • Dylan Moe – Ranger/Search & Rescue Coordinator
  • Jennifer Albrinck – Chief of Interpretation
  • Jane Rodgers – Chief of Resource Management

About Joshua Tree National Park

Park Details

Joshua Tree National Park is a world-renowned climbing destination, with over 8,000 named climbs and over 1,000 named bouldering problems within its boundaries. Joshua Tree enjoys mild winter weather, with day time temperatures in the high elevations of the Park (e.g., Hidden Valley Campground at 4,200’ above sea level) averaging around 50 degrees F (10 C), and night time temperatures averaging around 25 degrees F (-4 C).

Three campgrounds in the Park are by reservation only: Black Rock, Sheep Pass and Indian Cove. Group sites at the Cottonwood campground are also by reservation only. Reservations must be made through the national public lands reservation website: www.recreation.gov. All other campsites in the Park are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. There are 296 such sites and they are in the Hidden Valley, Ryan, Jumbo Rocks, Belle, White Tank and Cottonwood campgrounds.

Backcountry camping is allowed in the Park. There is no fee. However, vehicles may be parked overnight only at designated Back Country Boards, and registration at such sites is also required (so Rangers know whether to come looking for you). No fires are allowed in the back country whatsoever, and campsites must be located outside of Day-Use areas, one mile from any road, and 500 feet from any trail.

Dogs are allowed in the Park, but must be on a leash at all times (except when in a vehicle, tent or other enclosure). Dogs are allowed in the campgrounds, picnic areas, parking lots, on established roads, and within 100 feet of such areas. Dogs are not allowed on trails or in the backcountry. The rules are primarily for the benefit and protection of the Desert Big Horn Sheep that live in the Park. Domestic dogs are different from coyotes and foxes, and Big Horn Sheep are extremely sensitive to domestic dogs. The mere presence or passing through by a domestic dog, even if it doesn’t urinate, can be enough to disrupt use of the area by the Big Horn Sheep – they may avoid the area for an extended period of time, and this can stress the animals and even make them more vulnerable to predators, especially if the area affected was used for food, cover or resting.

Please follow Leave No Trace protocols whenever you are in the Park: www.leavenotrace.org

For more information about Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree Park and Community Details

Joshua Tree is a rural, unincorporated community of about 8,000 year-round residents centered near the West Entrance to the Park. Following is an inventory of local businesses and services to make your visit here easy and enjoyable. Businesses and service providers marked with * support Friends of Joshua Tree with donations of time, gear and/or money:

Park and Community Information

Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center

      6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
      760-366-1855

www.nps.gov/jotr/

Joshua Tree National Park Association

      74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA  92252
      760-367-5525

www.joshuatree.org

Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce

      6470 Veterans Way, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
      760-366-3723

www.joshuatreechamber.org

Joshua Tree Weather

National Weather Service Current Forecast for Joshua Tree

Lost Horse Weather Station (current weather conditions near Hidden Valley Campground)

Belle Mountain Camera, Air Quality and Weather Station

Guide Services

The following guide services and their guides support Friends of Joshua Tree by donating valuable time  and considerable skills to Climb Smart Clinics.  Many of these folks also participate in FOJT trail  rehabilitation, clean-up and other projects in the Park

*Cliffhanger Guides – 209-743-8363
cliffhangerguides@gmail.com

*The Climbing Life – 760-780-8868
http://joshuatreeclimbinglifeguides.com/

Joshua Tree Guides – 408-833-8308
https://www.joshuatreeguides.com/

Mohave Guides – 760-820-2806
http://www.mojaveguides.com/

*Vertical Adventures-800-514-8785
www.vertical-adventures.com

Camping and Lodging outside the Park

Joshua Tree Lake RV & Campground

    2601 Sunfair Road, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
    760-3661213

www.jtlake.com

Sacred Sands B&B

    HC1 Box 1071 A
    63155 Quail Springs Road, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
    760-424-6407

www.sacredsands.com

Safari Motel

    61959 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  02252
    760-366-1113

For additional information on lodging opportunities in Joshua Tree, visit the Joshua Tree  Chamber of Commerce website and click on “lodging” on the home page
www.joshuatreechamber.org

Gear Shops

Coyote Corner (accessories, fuel, showers!)

    6535 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA, 92252
    760-366-9683

*Nomad Ventures (full gear selection for climbing, outdoor)

    61796 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
    760-366-4684

http://www.nomadventures.com/

 

*Joshua Tree Outfitters

    61707 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
    888-366-1848

www.joshuatreeoutfitters.com

Restaurants

Country Kitchen

    61768 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
    760-366-8988

Crossroads Cafe & Tavern

    61715 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
    760-366-5414

www.crossroadscafeandtavern.com

Joshua Tree Saloon

    61835 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
    760-366-2250

www.thejoshuatreesaloon.com

Natural Sisters Cafe

    61695 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
    760-366-3600

*Park Rock Cafe

    6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
    760-366-8200

Ricochet

    61705 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
    760-366-1898

www.ricochetjoshuatree.com

Royal Siam Cuisine Thai Restaurant

        61599 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
        760-366-2923

Sam’s Pizza and Authentic Indian Food

          61380 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA, 92252
          760-366-9511

Santana’s Mexican Food

            61761 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
            760-366-8297

Tea Cakes Bakery

              61740B 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
              760-974-6209

Groceries & Convenience Markets

Joshua Tree Health Food Store

                61693 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, Ca  92252
                760-366-7489

www.joshuatreehealthfoods.com

Mike’s Liquor

                61739 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
                760-366-8501

Nature’s Pantry

                  61325 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
                  760-366-7999

Sam’s Market

                    61380 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA, 92252
                    760-366-8110

Internet Access with computers for you to use

Joshua Tree Library

                      6465 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
                      760-366-8615

*Joshua Tree Outfitters

                        61707 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
                        1-888-366-1848

www.joshuatreeoutfitters.com

Free Wi-Fi Access for your computer

Coyote Corner

                        6535 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA, 92252
                        760-366-9683

Joshua Tree Saloon

                          61835 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
                          760-366-2250

www.thejoshuatreesaloon.com

*Park Rock Cafe

                          6554 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA  92252

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                          760-366-8200

Natural Sisters Cafe

                            61695 29 Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA  92252
                            760-366-3600

Showers

Coyote Corner

                            6535 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA, 92252
                            760-366-9683