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 »
Keys Fire Fully Contained
Incident Commander John McDuffey announced that firefighters achieved full containment of the Keys Fire on Saturday at 6 p.m. Firefighters will continue to check for hotspots in the 110 acres that were burned.
The fire began Thursday afternoon about 2:30 p.m. when lightning struck near Keys View, a busy park viewpoint, igniting trees and dry brush. Fire crews from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, California Department of Forestry and San Bernardino County battled the blaze using ground crews, helicopters, and fixed-wing aircraft. As many as 140 firefighters were on the scene during the fire. McDuffey praised the efforts of personnel involved in the firefighting effort and said that crews are beginning the process of rehabilitating the area.
Keys View is open but, because of safety issues connected with the fire, the burned area is closed to the public. All other park areas and facilities are open for normal visitor use
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...