• 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.

Revised Park Rules Issued

Joshua Tree National Park has issued revised park regulations in the 2010 Superintendent’s Compendium. The Compendium is a list of park-specific regulations National Park Service Superintendents are authorized to issue under the Federal Code Regulations (36CFR, sec.1.5).

The Compendium codifies park regulations “necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety, protection of environmental or scenic values, protection of natural or cultural resources, aid to scientific research, implementation of management responsibilities, equitable allocation and use of facilities, or the avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities.”

Revisions in the 2010 Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent’s Compendium are as follows:

  1. Codifies routine summer closures of certain park campground facilities at Belle, Black Rock Canyon, Cottonwood, Indian Cove, Ryan, and White Tank campgrounds due to low visitation.
  2. Amends the list of designated climbing routes that are closed to protect sensitive cultural resources to correct the name of Rockwork Rock on the Schwarzenegger Wall Route.
  3. Requires a permit for the use of artificial light for the purpose of viewing wildlife at night.
  4. Changes the number of designated parking spaces at Indian Cove Group Campsite #10 from 12 to four and at Indian Cove Group Campsite #11 from five spaces to nine. This change better reflects the actual room available for parking at these two campsites.

These revisions to the Compendium are adopted with the issuance of this press release. A complete copy of the 2010 Superintendent’s Compendium may be downloaded.

Questions about the Superintendent’s Compendium and the current revisions should be directed to Joshua Tree District Ranger Jeff Ohlfs at 760-367-5548.

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49 Palms Oasis

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