Joshua Tree is in San Bernardino County, California. The population was 7,414 at the 2010 census. At approximately 2,700 feet above sea level, Joshua Tree and its surrounding communities are located in the California High Desert, known as Mojave Desert. The center of the business district in Joshua Tree is on California State Route 62.
The Joshua Tree Visitor Center (Joshua Tree National Park) is located at the junction of Highway 62 and Park Boulevard in “downtown” Joshua Tree and the parks West Entrance is located 5 mi (8.0 km) south. The community of Joshua Tree is not an incorporated town or city. Joshua Tree community is represented by the Joshua Tree Municipal Advisory Counsel (MAC) as the official liaison between the community and the San Bernardino County government.