• 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.

Revised Park Regulations Issued

Joshua Tree National Park has issued revised park regulations contained in the Superintendent’s Compendium. The Compendium is a list of park-specific regulations National Park Service Superintendents are authorized to issue under the Code of Federal Regulations (36CFR, sec.1.5).

The Compendium codifies park regulations “necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety, protection of environmental or scenic values, protection of natural or cultural resources, aid to scientific research, implementation of management responsibilities, equitable allocation and use of facilities, or the avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities.”

Changes to the Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent’s Compendium are as follows:

  • Universal Transverse Mercator coordinates (UTMs) have been added to more precisely describe day-use areas within the park.
  • Six climbing/bouldering routes have been closed to protect sensitive cultural resources.
  • Acquiring water for domestic purposes from non-pay park faucets is prohibited.
  • Light Art Performances require a special-use permit.
  • The viewing or projection of movies, etc. in campsites using detachable screens requires a permit.
  • Vehicles, including combinations of vehicles, exceeding 25 feet are prohibited in Hidden Valley Campground.

These revisions to the Compendium are adopted with the issuance of this press release. The complete Superintendent’s Compendium is available here.

Questions about the Superintendent’s Compendium and the current revisions should be directed to Joshua Tree District Ranger Jeff Ohlfs at 760-367-5548.

Did You Know?

Joshua Tree Blooms

One of the most beautiful spectacles in spring is the creamy-white blossoms of Joshua trees. These white candles can be seen from February to late March. Joshua trees do not branch until after they bloom, and they don’t bloom every year. More...