The Lost Palms Oasis Trail, in Joshua Tree National Park, passes through a cactus garden, crosses a number of desert washes, and encounters two southern oases in the park.

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Parks and Outdoors Review of Lost Palms Oasis

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Lost Palms Oasis contains the largest grove of fan palms—more than 100 mature trees—in Joshua Tree. The hike is nearly eight miles round-trip from Cottonwood Spring, so plan your trip for a cool day and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • If you are hankering for more, in the upper end of the canyon lies a side canyon with more palm groves (Victory Palms and Munsen Canyon). These groves require a bit of a scramble to reach, but they provide a great chance for solitude in the shaded solace of the palms.
  • Birders are sure to identify plenty of species both at the trailhead and at the palm oasis. Gambel's quail and hooded orioles are commonly seen at Cottonwood Spring and Lost Palm Oasis.

Cottonwood Spring area
Joshua Tree National Park

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 760-367-5500
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