• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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  • 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.

Wilderness

view of cloud shadows on Pinto Mountain, with Wilderness50 logo
NPS/Sara Feldt
 

Wilderness is an area “…where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain…”

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Protection Act of 1964. To celebrate, Joshua Tree has special events planned in September 2014, including a 50 Years of Wilderness talk on Sept. 14 and a special guided hike on Sept. 20. Joshua Tree will also participate in the Wilderness Fair and Walk for the Wild held at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens in Claremont, CA on Sept. 27. Please see our Schedule of Events for details about these and other programs offered by the park.

The Wilderness Act established federally-managed lands preserved as large, roadless tracts where mechanized vehicles and equipment are not permitted, where permanent evidence of modern human occupation is not allowed, and where future development is not considered. In 1976 about eighty percent of Joshua Tree National Monument was designated wilderness. The 1994 California Desert Protection Act added 163,800 acres of wilderness, bringing the park total to 585,000 acres.

 
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In designated wilderness, facilities and improvements such as trails, signs, and campsites may be provided only where they are necessary to protect resources and the public’s health and safety. Wilderness areas offer opportunities for a primitive and unconfined recreational experience. They provide visitors with greater solitude and quiet, with opportunities to explore where few others have ventured.
 

Wilderness.net is a collaborative website that educates visitors about wilderness and the value of public lands preservation. The site houses comprehensive information about all Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service and National Park Service wilderness areas.

Wilderness.net provides information about regulations, trip planning tips, and contact information. In addition to learning about specific wilderness areas, visitors can also access educational information on wilderness history, important and influential personalities, the values and benefits of wilderness, threats to wilderness and much more.

Did You Know?

49 Palms Oasis

Five of North America's 158 desert fan palm oases are located in Joshua Tree National Park, where fault lines force water to the surface. More...