Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect travel delays up to 30-minutes
The ongoing construction project to improve Pinto Basin Road will impact travel between the northern portion of the park and the Cottonwood/I-10 area. Please plan accordingly. The project is expected to be completed in August 2014. 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.
Access to some Cottonwood trails remains closed
Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »
Trees and Shrubs
Unlike desert wildflowers, which germinate and bloom during the brief rainy seasons and leave their seeds to endure the hottest and dryest times, desert trees and shrubs must adapt to the the climate year-round. Their modifications are varied, but whether like the tiny, drought-deciduous leaves characteristic of paloverde, or the furry, gray leaves of brittlebush, they are equally effective.
Did You Know?
When cornered by a predator, a tarantula will rub its hind legs over its abdomen, brushing hairs into its enemy’s eyes. More...