July 29, 2015
Hiker Suffers Fatal Heart Attack on 49 Palms Oasis Trail
A 73 year old woman from Louisiana suffered a fatal heart attack while hiking with family on the 49 Palms Oasis trail in Joshua Tree National Park on Monday, July 27th. Park staff, Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept. and members of the Twentynine Palms Fire Dept. responded and administered CPR however the subject was unresponsive.
July 21, 2015
Pinto Basin Road Reopens At Joshua Tree National Park
The Pinto Basin Road is reopened after road crews worked for two days clearing mud, sand, rocks and debris caused by heavy rainfall over the weekend. At this time, all paved roads are open in the park. Box Canyon Rd. from Mecca provides access to Cottonwood Springs off the I-10. Park officials are discouraging visitors from travel on improved dirt roads until they have had time to absorb excess water and road crews have had the opportunity to survey for possible road hazards. It is advised to check with park staff about conditions.
July 20, 2015
Heavy Rains Result in Road Closure in Joshua Tree National Park
Heavy rains resulting in washed out road conditions have closed the Pinto Basin Road from White Tank Campground to Cottonwood Springs. Park maintenance crews expect to have the roadway cleared by early on July 22.
July 13, 2015
National Park Service Conducting Boundary Study of Eagle Mountain Area Near Joshua Tree National Park
The National Park Service (NPS) is conducting a boundary study to explore whether it would be appropriate and feasible to add lands in the Eagle Mountain area in Riverside County, California to Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree National Park was established to preserve and protect the scenic, natural, and cultural resources representative of the Colorado and Mojave deserts’ rich biological and geological diversity, cultural history, wilderness, recreational values, and outstanding opportunities for education and scientific study.
The initial comment period for the scoping phase of the study has started, and will extend through August 21, 2015. The NPS has published a newsletter on its public planning website that provides an overview of the study process and some preliminary findings and options under consideration. The NPS is also hosting several public meetings to explain the study process, answer questions, gather information, and listen to public ideas and concerns.
July 06, 2015
Visitors Asked to Be on the Lookout for Desert Tortoises on Roadways
With an early monsoon season upon us, visitors may be seeing desert tortoises on the roadways as they search out puddles from which to drink. Because of their presence on the roads, tortoises are extremely vulnerable to being hit by cars. In order to educate the public, the park has produced a video on when and how to safely move a tortoise out of the road. Keep in mind that tortoises should only be handled in emergency situations.
July 02, 2015
"Towers of Uncertainty" Climbing Area Reopens to the Public
The climbing area known as the “Towers of Uncertainty” has been reopened by the park. The area which is approximately 4 km or 2.5 miles south of Geology Road was closed March 30 in order to protect nesting raptors.
June 19, 2015
Fire Extinguished at Jumbo Rocks Campground
Interagency fire crews that included the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and Twentynine Palms Fire Dept. responded to a quarter of an acre fire at Jumbo Rocks Campground around 12:15 pm. The fire, which has been 100% contained, burned vegetation and damaged two road signs. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
June 19, 2015
Lake Fire Affecting Air Quality in Joshua Tree National Park
The 11,000 acre Lake Fire in San Bernardino National Forest is dropping ash in the park and producing less than healthy air quality, particularly for individuals with respiratory problems. While the park is open to visitors, officials caution anyone with existing breathing issues and discourage strenuous exercise such as hiking, climbing, running or cycling during existing conditions.
June 15, 2015
Joshua Tree National Park Voted as One of the Top 10 Musical Attractions Worldwide
Joshua Tree National Park has been voted one of the top musical attractions in the world, according to a poll sponsored by USA TODAY and 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. After four weeks of voting, the park finished ninth in a field that included Graceland, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and international attractions such as Hansa Studios in Berlin and Abbey Road in London.
May 22, 2015
Park To Close Some Campgrounds for Summer Season
Joshua Tree National Park will close some campgrounds for the 2015 summer season. Summer is the slow season at the park and there is less demand for overnight camping during these hot summer months. Seasonal campground closures allow impacted natural areas to recover, and also help to reduce the cost of maintaining these facilities.
May 15, 2015
Fees Increase at Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park announced that park fees will increase effective June 1, 2015. The fee increases come about after extensive civic engagement from Oct. 21-Nov. 22, 2014, and a high level of support from federal, state and county stakeholders as well as commercial operators. Outreach included radio broadcasts, town hall meetings, local community events, print media, and social media. Generally the public was in support of the fee increases despite some concern that the increases be made in smaller increments than originally planned. In consideration to those concerns the park will maintain the current fee for the annual park pass and reduced the proposed fee increase for motorcycles.
May 11, 2015
Oasis Visitor Center at Joshua Tree National Park Reopens
The official reopening of the Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms will be celebrated on Saturday, May 16th at 10am. The festivities will include Native American Bird Singers, remarks by Superintendent David Smith and refreshments.
April 28, 2015
Tourism to Joshua Tree National Park Creates $97M in Economic Benefits
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,589,904 visitors to Joshua Tree National Park in 2014 spent over $73M in communities near the park. That spending supported 1,030 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $97M.
April 24, 2015
Climbing and Bouldering Routes Temporarily Closed for Nesting Raptors
Joshua Tree National Park acting superintendent Jeff Ohlfs issued a Temporary Emergency Closure to protect nearby nesting raptors. The climbing routes affected by this closure include: Patagonia Pile-(East and West Faces), The Head, Labor Dome and Wall of Biblical Fallacies. Bouldering routes in the closure area include: Iron Door Cave, Voices, Tidal Wave, Tilt-O-Meter, Lizzy, Dino’s Egg, and Chuckwalla bouldering area. This climbing area is approximately 380m northwest from the Hidden Valley Campground Loop.
April 24, 2015
Joshua Tree National Park Releases 2015 Superintendent's Compendium
Joshua Tree National Park has issued revised park regulations contained in the Superintendent’s Compendium. The Compendium is a list of park-specific regulations National Park Service superintendents are authorized to issue under the Code of Federal Regulations.
April 21, 2015
Barker Dam Undergoes Major Restoration
Over the last year and half, professional conservators from the University of New Mexico helped Joshua Tree National Park develop a method of mitigating scratched graffiti at Barker Dam, a significant historic site that is located on a popular trail within the Park.
April 15, 2015
Street Artist "Mr. Andre" Pays Fine to National Park Service
The Swedish-Portuguese street artist Andre Saraiva, known as “Mr. Andre,” has paid the fine to the U.S. District Court for vandalizing a boulder in Joshua Tree National Park. On February 27th, 2015, park officials were notified by members of the public that Saraiva had posted Instagram photos of his “work” on one and possibly a second rock formation thought to be in the park. After investigation, only one location proved to be within park borders. He was subsequently fined an undisclosed amount which was paid on April 1st after he had returned to his home in France. Saraiva was cooperative with park rangers.
April 14, 2015
National Park Week at Joshua Tree National Park
Join Joshua Tree National Park in celebrating National Park Week, this April 18th-26th with special celebrations for kids on National Junior Ranger Day, April 25th. Help kids “Find
Your Cool in the Desert: Explore, Learn, Protect” by visiting Joshua Tree National Park for lots of fun and adventure with a host of ranger programs for the entire family. Be sure to pick up your “Find Your Cool in the Desert” card at any of the visitor centers to help plan for the day.
April 03, 2015
Multiple Agencies Respond to Rescue of Hiker
On April 2, 2015, a 17-year-old hiker became wedged between rocks. Several agencies responded to free the individual.
April 01, 2015
Artist-in-Residence, Olivia Parkes Featured in Exhibit at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Twentynine Palms, CA Joshua Tree National Park announces the opening on Wednesday, April 1st of an exhibit of new paintings by artist Olivia Parkes, at the Joshua Tree visitor center, 6554 Park Blvd., in Joshua Tree, California. Ms. Parkes was a 2014 participant in the park’s Artist-in-Residence Program.
March 31, 2015
Joshua Tree National Park Joins National Find Your Park Movement
Joshua Tree National Park joins parks, programs and partners across the country to encourage everyone to find their park and share their stories online at FindYourPark.com. Launched yesterday by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, Find Your Park is a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and setting the stage for its second century of service.
March 30, 2015
Climbing Area Temporarily Closed for Nesting Raptors, Spring 2015
Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith has enacted a Temporary Emergency Closure to protect nearby nesting raptors. The climbing area affected by this closure is the “Towers of Uncertainty” area, approximately 2.5 miles (4 km) south of Geology Tour Road.
March 18, 2015
Volunteers Needed at Joshua Tree National Park
Park vegetation crew is seeking volunteers to help with the control of the invasive Sahara mustard plant.
March 03, 2015
National Park Service Seeks Public Input on Proposed Invasive Species Management Plan at Joshua Tree National Park
Public input is being sought regarding the National Park Service’s proposed Invasive Species Management Plan at Joshua Tree National Park, California.
February 26, 2015
Youth Conservation Corps Applications Now Available
This summer, Joshua Tree National Park will sponsor an 8-week, Youth Conservation Corps program. Youths between the ages of 15 and 18 are encouraged to apply. To be eligible, applicants may not reach their 19th birthday during the program. Selected applicants will start work on June 15, 2015 and continue in the program until August 6, 2015. Corps members will earn the hourly California Minimum Wage. Work hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 am until 3:30 pm, with every other Friday off.
February 06, 2015
Celebrate Presidents Day Weekend at Joshua Tree National Park
Free admission, warmer weather, longer days, and fewer crowds make this day a great time to visit a national park. To celebrate Presidents Day weekend, the parks are waiving entrance fees on Saturday, February 14 through Monday, February 16, 2015.
February 02, 2015
Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue (JOSAR) Has Openings for New Volunteer Members
JOSAR is recruiting new volunteer members. No prior training or experience is required. Joshua Tree National Park provides extensive training in land searching, tracking, incident management and high-angle rope rescue techniques. You may participate as a rescue member, field searcher or in a support capacity for team operations and logistics.
January 09, 2015
Joshua Tree National Park Sees Record Visitation in 2014
Nearly 1.6 million people visited Joshua Tree National Park in calendar year 2014, up from 1.4 million in 2013. That is good news for the park and also for the surrounding communities. National park tourism is a significant economic engine for local communities, returning $10 for every $1 invested.
December 30, 2014
Joshua Tree National Park Search and Rescue Teams Kept Busy Over Holiday Week
Joshua Tree Search and Rescue (JOSAR) responded to several incidents during the holiday season.
December 29, 2014
Winter Weather Advisory for Joshua Tree National Park
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch in effect for the park from Tuesday afternoon, December 30th, through Thursday morning, January 1st.
December 16, 2014
Temporary Visitor Center to Open at Park Headquarters
The visitor information desk and bookstore at Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms will be moved to a temporary building just south of the visitor center while the park completes a seismic retrofit project for the health and safety of visitors and staff. Visitor services will be unaffected and signs will provide directions to the temporary location. The move will take effect December 29.
November 12, 2014
Injured Climber Rescued in Joshua Tree National Park
On November 9, 2014, at approximately 11:30 A.M., Joshua Tree rangers were notified that a climber needed assistance. David Mazal of Bishop, CA, was climbing the Gem route of the Conan’s Corridor climb in the vicinity of Jumbo Rocks Campground. While belaying for another climber, Mazal fell approximately eight feet and slammed into a rock face, resulting in a dislocated hip.
November 04, 2014
Joshua Tree to Honor Veterans Day with a Fee Free Day
Enjoy Joshua Tree National Park and many other public lands at no charge on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. To honor all Americans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, there will be free entrance to the park for all visitors on that day.
October 23, 2014
Cottonwood Area Trails Open
The trails at Cottonwood Spring area are open after a temporary closure. This includes Cottonwood Spring, Lost Palms Oasis, and the Mastodon Mine Loop in the southern part of the park. The park is maintaining a limited closure of off-trail areas at Cottonwood Spring to allow for additional work.
October 20, 2014
Joshua Tree National Park Proposes Fee Increase
Joshua Tree National Park will hold a town hall meeting on November 6, 2014 to discuss possible fee increases in 2015. The current park entrance fees have been in place since 2006.
October 16, 2014
Black Rock Road to be Repaved
Joshua Tree National Park staff are excited to announce that the Yucca Valley Town Council has voted unanimously to repair the Black Rock Canyon Road. This road serves as the main entrance into the western portion of Joshua Tree National Park, leading directly to one of the busiest campgrounds and to Black Rock Nature Center.
October 07, 2014
Campgrounds Open at Joshua Tree National Park
All campgrounds at Joshua Tree National Park have reopened for the season. This includes Belle, Black Rock, Cottonwood, Hidden Valley, Indian Cove, Jumbo Rocks, Ryan, Sheep Pass, and White Tank campgrounds.
September 26, 2014
Joshua Tree National Park Welcomes Superintendent David Smith
Joshua Tree National Park employees gathered Wednesday morning, September 24, to welcome Superintendent David Smith, who assumed his new role on Monday. Smith spoke about his leadership priorities and fielded questions from park staff.
September 09, 2014
Volunteer at Joshua Tree National Park for National Public Lands Day
Volunteers are invited to Joshua Tree National Park to participate in the 21st annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. National Public Lands Day is the largest single day of volunteerism each year on America’s public lands.
August 26, 2014
Joshua Tree National Park and Association Accepting Applications for Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grants
Graduate students interested in doing research in Joshua Tree National Park are invited to apply for assistance through the 2014 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grants program. Applications for the grant are available now on the park’s website (http://www.nps.gov/jotr/naturescience/grantprogram.htm). Research proposals should focus on some aspect of the natural or cultural resources of Joshua Tree National Park. The application deadline is October 10, 2014.
August 22, 2014
Joshua Tree Celebrates 98th Birthday of the National Park Service
Joshua Tree National Park will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by offering free admission on Monday, August 25, 2014.