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 »
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?
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...