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 »
Search and Rescue Volunteers Needed
Joshua Tree National Park is seeking new volunteer members for the park’s Search and Rescue team, JOSAR. The team searches for lost hikers, rescues injured or stranded climbers, and supports park rangers in a variety of visitor-safety activities.
JOSAR volunteers may participate as rescuers, field searchers, or in a support capacity for team operations. No previous training or experience is required. The park provides extensive training in land search, tracking, incident management, and high-angle rope rescue techniques.
If you enjoy teamwork, helping others, and the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park, please come to an informational meeting at the Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Drive (at the junction with Utah Trail) in Twentynine Palms. You can attend either Sunday, August 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. or Tuesday, August 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Park rangers will discuss the many opportunities, requirements, and the time commitment for each level of participation.
If you would like more information, please call park Volunteer Coordinator Laureen Lentz at (760) 367-5524.
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