Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect travel delays up to 30-minutes
The ongoing construction project to improve Pinto Basin Road will impact travel between the northern portion of the park and the Cottonwood/I-10 area. Please plan accordingly. The project is expected to be completed in August 2014. 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.
Access to some Cottonwood trails remains closed
Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »
Desert Managers Seek OHV Funds For Tortoise Conservation
In partnership with the National Park Service, the Desert Managers Group has applied for a grant from California State Parks Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation Commission. The grant would be used for education and safety messages focusing on conservation of the threatened desert tortoise.
Many of the designated OHV areas and routes in the California deserts are within desert tortoise habitat. The Mojave population of the desert tortoise, Gopherus agassizii, was listed as threatened under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) in 1989 and the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 1990. Environmental education programs based on the desert tortoise were identified in the Desert Tortoise Recovery Plan (FWS 1994) as a priority recovery action. The coordinated implementation of recovery actions for the tortoise is a high priority for the Desert Managers Group.
Improper OHV recreation has been identified as a threat to the tortoise. There are, however, a variety of behavioral changes desert recreationists (OHV and non-motorized) can make that will cause a lower impact to the tortoise and other sensitive desert resources. To educate OHV recreationalists about the desert tortoise and promote low impact behavior, California OHV grant funds will be used to support a variety of desert tortoise outreach projects including:
These and other desert tortoise outreach projects will continue with the support of the OHV Commission grant. You may download a copy of the grant application in pdf format here or pick up a copy at Joshua Tree National Park Headquarters, located at 74485 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, California.
For Desert Managers Group information, go to http://www.dmg.gov
Did You Know?
The red-spotted toad is a true denizen of the desert, where it spends most of its life underground. Found from one end of the park to the other, it appears after good, soaking rains. More...