• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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  • 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 »

Campgrounds to Open for Fall Season

Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Curt Sauer announced that all park campgrounds that were closed for low summer visitation will reopen for public use on Friday, October 2, 2009. The following campgrounds are affected:

  • Belle: all sites to open
  • Black Rock: eastern side to open
  • Cottonwood: B loop to open
  • Indian Cove: western side to open
  • Ryan: all sites to open
  • White Tank: all sites to open

Camping reservations can be made for individual sites at Black Rock and Indian Cove campgrounds and the group campsites at Indian Cove, Cottonwood, and Sheep Pass campgrounds. Other park campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visitors wishing to make camping reservations should call Reserve America, the National Park Service’s camping reservation contractor, at 1-877-444-6777, or visit the website: www.recreation.gov.

Beginning Thursday, October 8, the visitor center at Black Rock Campground will be open each day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other visitor centers are currently open each day.

  • Cottonwood Visitor Center: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Joshua Tree Visitor Center: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Oasis Visitor Center: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For further information on Joshua Tree National Park facilities and services visit the park website at www.nps.gov/jotr or call 760-367-5500.

Did You Know?

Pinto Point

Humans have occupied the area encompassed by Joshua Tree National Park for at least 5,000 years. The first group known to inhabit the area was the Pinto Culture, followed by the Serrano, the Chemehuevi, and the Cahuilla. More...