Pinto Basin Road Renovation
Pinto Basin Road is being renovated. On weekdays you may encounter travel delays of up to 30 minutes. Cholla Cactus Garden is closed on weekdays. Cottonwood Visitor Center hours are 9 to 4 on weekdays, 8 to 4 weekends. More »
Rattlesnake Canyon Will Remain Closed Through May
To provide additional time to mitigate the vandalism, Rattlesnake Canyon will remain completely closed to the public for another 30 days. More »
Trail to Reopen; Campground to Remain Closed
Acting Superintendent John Slaughter announced that the Lost Horse Mine Trail will be re-opened for public use on Monday, August 10. However, Jumbo Rocks Campground, closed on July 7 due to swarming bees, will remain closed until Friday, August 28. Ryan Campground will continue to be open for camping in lieu of Jumbo Rocks Campground.
The Lost Horse Mine Road and Trail were closed in late may due to the Lost Horse Mine wildfire. Following full containment of the fire on May 26, park Superintendent Curt Sauer placed a temporary closure of the burn area for public safety and to allow germination of fragile desert plants following the fire. While the Lost Horse Mine Trail is being re-opened, park visitors are urged to remain on the trail while hiking through the area. The pace of germination and post-fire re-growth has been slowed somewhat due to the lack of summer rainfall and generally dry conditions across the park.
Nonaggressive, swarming bees continue to remain a problem at Jumbo Rocks Campground. The lack of natural moisture in the environment causes local bees to seek moisture in human environments like the campground where the bees actively seek moisture at campsites, restrooms, trash cans, and even on exposed human skin. It is anticipated that summer rain showers will cause the bees to disperse once they have access to more natural sources of water. Park staff will continue to monitor the bee situation in the campground.
For more information and updates on visiting Joshua Tree National Park, the public can go to the park's website at: www.nps.gov/jotr or call 760-367-5500.
Did You Know?
In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...