2 - 6 weeks during the months of March, April, October, or N
Paid by host:

Accommodation of the Lost Horse Ranger Station.

Paid by artist:

Artists are responsible for their own expenses, such as travel, meals, transportation, and insurance coverage.

Application guidelines:

AIR artists' proposals are encouraged to address content related to Joshua Tree National Park and/or build a better understanding and dialogue about our national parks, natural resources, environmental, and desert issues.

Download the application here.

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Joshua Tree National Park Artist-In-Residence

Joshua Tree National Park Artist-In-Residence


The purpose of the Joshua Tree National Park Artist-In-Residence & Affiliate Artist Programs is to provide artistic and educational opportunities to promote deeper understanding of and dialogue about the natural, cultural, and historical resources of Joshua Tree National Park and the deserts of Southern California.

The Joshua Tree National Park Artist-In-Residence Program is exclusively owned and operated by the National Park Service and managed in partnership with the Riverside Art Museum. The program offers visual, performing, and literary artists a residency preferably from 2-6 weeks long (special requests are considered on a case-by-case basis).

The Joshua Tree National Park Affiliate Artist Program offers visual, performing, and literary artists an Affiliate Artist status for a one-year period (special requests are considered for longer residencies) to access Joshua Tree National Park for research and development of projects related to the park. The Affiliate Artist program does not provide lodging/accommodations at the Lost Horse Ranger Station, but does support year-round access and/or camping in the park. All selected artists to the Affiliate Artist program will receive a one-year access pass to JTNP and eligibility for a special one-year Individual Artist membership with benefits from the Riverside Art Museum.


Artists are asked to donate to the park an original piece of artwork and/or appropriate professional documentation of their writing, music, or performance from their residency in Joshua Tree National Park.

Accommodation Information

The accommodations within the park are located at the Lost Horse Ranger Station, a rustic and self-sufficient cabin with nearby panoramic views of the park.


THe park is located in southeastern California, straddling the San Bernardino County/Riverside County border. Palm Springs is approximately 64 km, which has the closest airport and train station.

Contact information

9800 Black Rock Canyon Rd.
Yucca Valley, CA 92284
United States

Caryn_Davidson [at]