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.
September 25 is National Public Lands Day
Saturday, September 25, 2010 is National Public Lands Day. People all across the country will turn out on this day to take part in volunteer projects to benefit America's shared heritage, its public lands. Entrance fees will be waived for the day at National Park Service areas as well as other federal recreation sites. The fee waiver applies only to park entrance fees and does not include other fees such as fees charged for camping, reservations, and tours.
Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park are encouraged to hike, camp, rock climb, star gaze, and pursue other recreational activities. They are also encouraged to volunteer for a variety of needed work projects on Saturday morning. Participating volunteers will receive a coupon good for a future “fee-free day" at national parks and other federal sites.
Volunteers are needed to help with balloon recovery and general trash pick-up, seed cleaning and paper pot construction, and cleaning interpretive exhibits and signs. The clean-up of dumped furniture, residential vegetation cuttings, and household trash from park land is also planned. Volunteers should bring a hat, water, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, and work gloves.
For further information about Public Lands Day activities at Joshua Tree National Park, contact park Volunteer Coordinator Laureen Lentz at 760-367-5524.
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...