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 »
Joshua Tree Hosts 18th Annual Art Festival
Art and nature come together on April 2, 3, and 4 at Joshua Tree National Park’s Eighteenth Annual Art Festival. Held at the Oasis of Mara Visitor Center, show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
More than 25 artists representing a variety of styles and media will be on-hand to exhibit and sell their work. The purpose of the show is to highlight artistic creativity inspired by the plants, animals, rocks, and other resources at Joshua Tree National Park and the desert southwest. Visitors will be able to meet the artists and learn what it was in their desert view that so inspired their creativity.
The annual art festival is sponsored by the Joshua Tree National Park Association, a non-profit organization that provides support and assistance to the park’s interpretive, educational, and scientific programs. Admission is free. The Oasis Visitor Center is located at 74485 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms. Apart from the annual art show, the visitor center features exhibits, publications, park information, films, and National Park Service ranger programs. Visitor center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information on the Joshua Tree National Park annual art show, call the Joshua Tree National Park Association at 760-367-5537.
Did You Know?
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...