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 »
Bees Force Campground Closure
Jumbo Rocks Campground was closed today due to safety concerns raised by the presence of swarming bees. The closure will remain in force until noon on August 10. To compensate for the campsites closed at Jumbo Rocks, Ryan Campground, located approximately six miles west of Jumbo Rocks will be re-opened.
As seasonal dry conditions increase before the onset of summer monsoonal rains, bees will actively seek moisture from any available source including car radiators, coolers, drink containers, trash cans, restrooms, and even sweat on human skin. Though bees seeking moisture do not generally sting, their close presence can negatively affect visitor enjoyment and create an unsafe condition, especially for those allergic to bee stings. Superintendent Curt Sauer designated an emergency situation at Jumbo Rocks Campground due to persistent bee activity and directed its closure to protect the safety of visitors and park staff.
Park biologists will monitor the bee activity at Jumbo Rocks during the closure. If bee activity diminishes, the campground will be reopened. Ryan Campground was closed on June 14 due to reduced camping demand during the hot summer months. Ryan Campground will remain open until further notice.
For more information and updates on visiting Joshua Tree National Park, the public can go to the Joshua Tree National Park website at: www.nps.gov/jotr, or call 760-367-5500
Did You Know?
With nearly 750 species of vascular plants, Joshua Tree is renowned for its plant diversity. No wonder that when the area was first proposed for preservation in the early 1930s, the name suggested was Desert Plants National Park. More...