• 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.

2009 Summer Campground Closures

As in past years, Joshua Tree National Park will close some campgrounds for the 2009 summer season. Visitation decreases during the hot summer months so there is a reduced need for camping sites. Seasonal campground closures allow impacted areas to recover and also helps to reduce the cost of maintaining these facilities.

The following closures will take place on Monday, June 1:

  • Belle Campground—closed at the access road.
  • Black Rock Campground—east side closed; west side remains open.
  • Cottonwood Campground—B loop will close; A loop will remain open.
  • Indian Cove Campground—west side closed. The east side of the campground and the group campsites will remain open. The picnic area and nature trail will also remain open.
  • Ryan Campground—closed at the access road.
  • White Tank Campground—closed at the access road. The campground restroom and the Arch Rock Nature Trail will remain open for hikers.

Hidden Valley and Jumbo Rocks campgrounds will remain fully open, along with park visitor centers and picnic areas.

Regularly scheduled tours of the Keys Ranch historic site will be suspended for the summer, but a limited number of tours for groups of ten or more may be arranged by calling 760-367-5555.

These facilities will reopen for the October, 2009 Columbus Day weekend, or earlier based on park visitation.

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Wilderness Map

Joshua Tree National Park has over 550,000 acres of wilderness, offering visitors opportunities to explore where few others have ventured. More...