• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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  • 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 »

Rock Climber Falls 30 Feet

Park rangers responded this afternoon to assist an injured rock climber in the Saddle Rock area of Joshua Tree National Park. William Becher, 65, fell 30-feet in a climbing accident and sustained injuries to his lower extremities. Becher, a California resident, was carried by rescue personnel from the base of Saddle Rock to the park road where he was loaded into an ambulance and taken a short distance to the Oyster Bar parking area for medical transport by helicopter to Desert Regional Hospital.

National Park Service rangers were notified of the accident at approximately noon on Friday. Ten members of the park's Joshua Tree Search-and-Rescue (JOSAR) team responded to the incident. Park Ranger Mike Shuman was Incident Commander for the rescue effort. Park rescuers were supported by emergency personnel from San Bernardino County Fire Engine 36, Morongo Basin Ambulance, and a Mercy Air helicopter.

The incident is under investigation by Joshua Tree National Park rangers.

Did You Know?

49 Palms Oasis

Five of North America's 158 desert fan palm oases are located in Joshua Tree National Park, where fault lines force water to the surface. More...