• 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.

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?

Desert Queen Ranch branding iron

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...