• 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.

Flash Floods Close Pinto Basin Road

Pinto Basin Road flooded at Smoke Tree Wash on August 25, 2013.
Pinto Basin Road flooded at Smoke Tree Wash on August 25, 2013
NPS/Lacy Ditto

Release Date: August 26, 2013
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 760-367-5520

Pinto Basin Road has been closed due to a storm that occurred on August 25, 2013. Significant debris is blocking the roadway in the Smoke Tree Wash and Cottonwood Canyon areas. The Cottonwood Visitor Center and campground are also closed. The road will likely be closed for one to two weeks while crews clear debris and repair campgrounds.

Further updates on facility closures will be issued as conditions change.

Flash floods often catch people unaware. Use extreme caution when traveling in flood prone areas. Do not enter washes when water is running. Be observant of National Weather Service alerts and forecasts. Check the park website for additional information. www.nps.gov/jotr

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a tarantula

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