• 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 For 2013

Release Date: March 7, 2013
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 760-367-5520

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

The compendium supplements the Code of Federal Regulations with park specific regulations necessary to maintain public health and safety, to protect environmental and scenic values, and to protect natural and cultural resources. The regulations also aid scientific research, establish guidelines for the implementation of management responsibilities, establish equitable allocation and use of facilities, and establish guidelines to avoid conflict among various visitor activities.

The 2013 revisions to the Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent's Compendium include the following:

  • Prohibition of loitering at park visitor centers after established hours has been added. This prohibition does not include obtaining brochures, viewing park information on exterior exhibits, or using public restrooms.
  • Prohibition of anchoring or tying off to vegetation for recreational climbing was added.
  • New and replacement stainless steel fixed anchors and corresponding hangers, rappel rings, quick links, and chains may only be neutral or rock-colored.
  • Group campsite boundaries were defined as 50 feet from the picnic tables or fire grate.
  • A requirement that wood pallets have all nails removed and that the pallets be broken into pieces that fit inside the exterior walls of government-provided fire rings before they may be burned was added.
  • In addition to existing regulation, wording has been added which acknowledges public safety as a justification to prohibit access to mine adits and shafts.
  • The use or possession of alcoholic beverages in government buildings has been amended to conform to the policy of the Secretary of the Interior which prohibits the use or possession of alcoholic beverages unless by written exemption from the Secretary.
  • There has been a change in contact information for obtaining park research permits. The new site is http://www.nps.gov/jotr/naturescience/research.htm.

Did You Know?

Fault map of the park

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...