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.
Volunteers Needed for Public Lands Day
Joshua Tree National Park is looking for volunteers to participate in National Public Lands Day (NPLD), on Saturday, September 29, 2007. Park volunteers will join thousands of others gathering at national parks and forests, reservoirs and other public areas to improve and enhance the resources of these special places where Americans go to enjoy the outdoors. Those wishing to volunteer should meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Oasis Visitor Center, 74485 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms.
The staff at Joshua Tree National Park will ask volunteers to get “down and dirty” to help prepare campgrounds for the fall season. Summer closures, recent rains, and wind blown trash are now a top priority, as the busy fall season approaches. Volunteers will rake out campsites at Belle, White Tank, Jumbo Rocks, Indian Cove, Cottonwood, Black Rock, and Sheep Pass campgrounds.
Other NPLD projects include: berm building, marking and cutting PVC pipe, stacking nursery pots, soil sterilization and vertical mulching. All volunteers should bring water, snacks, sun protection, hats, work gloves and appropriate boots. To join the campground cleanup, bring your favorite rake and a friend.
Entrance to the park is free on National Public Lands Day. Project volunteers will also be issued an interagency coupon for a one-day free entrance to a BLM, NPS, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife Service, or US Forest Service site.
Please call Laureen Lentz at 760-367-5524 for more information or check out the NPLD website at http://www.publiclandsday.org
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...