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 »
Flash Floods Close Pinto Basin Road
Release Date: August 26, 2013
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
Did You Know?
With nearly 750 species of vascular plants, Joshua Tree is renowned for its plant diversity. No wonder that when the area was first proposed for preservation in the early 1930s, the name suggested was Desert Plants National Park. More...