Cottonwood Trails Closed
Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »
Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect 30+ Minute Travel Delays
Visitors should expect 30+ minute waits when heading north and sound bound on the Pinto Basin Road. Due to construction activity around Cottonwood Visitor Center, additional waits of 30 minutes may be in place when leaving the visitor center parking lot. More »
Deteriorating conditions of Black Rock Canyon Road
The road leading to Black Rock campground has deep potholes, is deeply rutted, and can be difficult to negotiate, especially in large vehicles. Please drive with caution.
Materials For Loan
Videos are available for teachers to borrow. We will ship to you. You must pay for shipping back to the park. The borrowing period is two to four weeks, depending on your distance from the park. The list of available videos is separated into categories and rated for your convenience (5 = Best). Contact the education office at 760-367-3011 to arrange to borrow park videos.
Desert Tortoise Traveling Trunks are available in two versions:
Contact the education office at 760-367-3011 to arrange to borrow a tortoise trunk.
Desert Indian Kit helps students explore the history and cultures of American Indians. Required pick up and return. Originally created by the Palm Springs Desert Museum.
Did You Know?
In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...