• 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.

Lightning Causes Three Fires in Park

Lightning strikes ignited three small wildfires at Joshua Tree National Park on Thursday afternoon. A fire near the Keys View Overlook started about 1:30 p.m. By 6 p.m., it had burned 25-30 acres in desert brush and pinyon pine and juniper habitat. A second fire was ignited about the same time near the Upper Boy Scout Trailhead about 5 miles from the park's West Entrance. A third small fire was discovered by fire crews 1.5 miles east of the Keys View Road. Fires crews have responded to all three fires.

The largest and most active of the fires, called the Keys Incident Fire, is burning near Inspiration Point, to the west of the Keys View Road. Five engines and crews are on scene at this fire with two water tenders. One helicopter is currently supporting the Keys Incident Fire. A total of 20 firefighters are presently working the fire. Four additional fire crews have been called out as well as a water tanker aircraft tasked from Hemet, California. The Incident Commander for the Keys Incident Fire is Chuck Heard of the National Park Service. The fire is burning actively in rugged terrain and poses no threat at present to buildings, structures, or private property. There is no estimate on containment at this time.

The two other fires are small and are being monitored by fire crews.

To assist fire crews in fighting the Keys Incident Fire, the Keys View Road from its junction with Park Boulevard to its terminus at Keys View is closed to public access. All other park roads, trails, and visitor facilities remain open for normal visitor use.

Visitors are urged to use caution while driving through the park and to be alert to the presence of firefighting equipment and other emergency vehicles. For further information and fire updates, the media can contact Joshua Tree National Park at 760-367-5522.

Did You Know?

Fault map of the park

Joshua Tree is crisscrossed with hundreds of faults, and is a great place to see raw rocks and the effects of earthquakes. The famous San Andreas Fault bounds the south side of the park and can be observed from Keys View. More...