• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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    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.

Giant Hairy Scorpion

Family Iuridae
Genus & Species Hadrurus hirsutus
giant hairy scorpion
Description length: 5.5 inches; color: pale yellow to olive brown A waxy coating protects the scorpion from water loss.
Food insects, occasionally small lizards and snakes
Life History Young are born live and carried on the mother's back for 10 to 15 days before venturing out on their own.
Habitat sandy areas
Activity nocturnal and seldom encountered
Abundance common
Where to Look Pinyon Well, Covington Flat, Pleasant Valley, Fried Liver Wash, Squaw Tank
Notes Scorpions are preyed upon by owls and bats. Their sting has about the same effect as that of a wasp.

Did You Know?

Desert Queen Ranch branding iron

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...