• 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.

Park Regulations Updated

Joshua Tree National Park has revised the Superintendent's Compendium, a list of park-specific regulations National Park Service superintendents are authorized to issue under the Code of Federal Regulations (36CFR sec.1.5).

The Compendium codifies park regulations "necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety, protection of environmental or scenic values, protection of natural or cultural resources, aid to scientific research, implementation of management responsibilities, equitable allocation and use of facilities, or the avoidance of conflict among visitor use activities."

The 2012 Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent's Compendium includes the following revisions:

  • Closes five new and one expanded climbing/bouldering routes to protect sensitive cultural resources.
  • Adds to the justification prohibiting public entry to mine adits and shafts to reflect negative impacts associated with white-nosed syndrome on bat populations.
  • Modifies the weapons possession section to conform to the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009.
  • Authorizes caching or storage of food supplies by backcountry and wilderness hikers for up to 14 days if properly tagged without being considered abandoned property.

A PDF file of the Superintendent's Compendium can be downloaded here. The 2012 revisions are adopted with the issuance of this press release. Warnings will be issued for the first 30 days.

Questions about the Compendium and the current revisions should be directed to Acting Chief Ranger Jeff Ohlfs at 760-367-5548.

Did You Know?

Desert Queen Ranch branding iron

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...