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 »
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?
Five of North America's 158 desert fan palm oases are located in Joshua Tree National Park, where fault lines force water to the surface. More...