• 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.

Backcountry and Wilderness Plan

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Backcountry and Wilderness Management Plan (5.18mb)

or, if you have a slower connection speed, you may wish to download smaller parts of the plan at a time here:

Backcountry and Wilderness Plan Text 885k
Backcountry and Wilderness Plan Figures
Figure 1: Topography 580k
Figure 2: Zoning 324k
Figure 3: New Lands 293k
Figure 4: New Proposed Wilderness 337k
Figure 5: Backcountry Boards 402k
Figure 6: Trails and Corridors 425k
Figure 7: Roads in New Lands 457k
Figure 8: Fixed Anchor Free Zones 998k
Figure 9: Day Use Areas 454k
Figure 10: Artificial Water Sources 427k
Figure 11: Desert Tortoise Critical Habitat 319k

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...