• 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.

April 25 is Junior Ranger Day at Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park will offer a special slate of children’s activities on April 25 for National Junior Ranger Day. All Junior Ranger activities are free and are open to children from ages 4 to 14. “Junior Rangers explore their national parks and discover all the amazing things that happen there,” said Park Superintendent Curt Sauer. “We hope local kids will take advantage of Junior Ranger Day and find out more about what makes Joshua Tree such a special place.”

The park rangers will conduct a variety of children’s programs between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at locations throughout the park. A schedule is available here.

Children taking part in the day’s events will be able to become official Junior Rangers and receive a Junior Ranger badge by completing activities in the Junior Ranger booklet. The booklets will be available at park visitor centers and entrance stations.

Boy and Girl Scouts are eligible to earn unit certificates and individual Scout Ranger patches by completing the Scout Ranger program. Participation in a Junior Ranger Day activity counts toward meeting one of the requirements for earning the Scout Ranger patch.

National Junior Ranger Day is a special event for National Park Week, celebrated this year between April 18 and 26. Many parks throughout the country will offer ranger programs, interactive games, and special events designed to connect children with their national parks. Presidentially proclaimed, National Park Week is an annual celebration and recognition of National Parks.

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...