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    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.

2013 Archive

December 7, 2013
Art Show Winners Announced At Awards Ceremony
John Tierny received the Artist of Distinction Award and Robert Fogal, David Green, John Greenfield, and Karine Swinson were each honored with Artist Awards. Over 300 people attended the opening reception and awards ceremony at the 29 Palms Art Gallery.

December 4, 2013
Oasis Walk Will Promote Healthy Lifestyles
A doctor and a park ranger will lead a 45-minute walk around the Oasis of Mara on Friday, December 6 at 10 am. The benefits of exercise will be emphasized and participants will also learn about the history of the area.

November 18, 2013
Joshua Tree To Celebrate Art & Music
Joshua Tree National Park, along with the town of Twentynine Palms, will host a three-day celebration of art and music at the historic Oasis of Mara on December 6, 7, and 8, 2013.

November 15, 2013
Joshua Tree To Host Night Sky Event
Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to use stargazing tools and to view the night sky on Saturday, November 23 at Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms.

November 13, 2013
Cactus Returning To Garden
Eight hundred cholla cactus plants, removed during recent road construction, are being returned to the Cholla Cactus Garden.

November 7, 2013
Entrance Fees Will Be Waived Veterans Day Weekend
This weekend, November 9-11, 2013, Joshua Tree, along with all other National Park Service sites, will honor America's veterans by waiving entrance fees for all visitors. (The fee waiver does not include camping fees or Keys Ranch Tour fees.)

November 5, 2013
North Entrance Is Open
The North Entrance into Joshua Tree National Park has been reopened. The section of roadway that was damaged during the September 7, 2013 storm has been repaired, but has not been paved. Visitors are cautioned to drive carefully.

October 23, 2013
Joshua Tree and Hi-Desert Medical Center Celebrate "America's Best Idea"
Park rangers and physicians at Hi-Desert Medical Center will promote healthier lifestyles in the Morongo Basin.

October 21, 2013
Jumbo Rocks Campground Is Open
Jumbo Rocks Campground is open after extensive repairs due to a storm September 7, 2013.

October 21, 2013
Visitor Injured While Rock Scrambling
A 23 year old woman was rescued after falling about six feet while rock scrambling in Indian Cove.

October 17, 2013
Joshua Tree National Park Reopens To Visitors
Most public areas and roads will be immediately accessible while facilities and other public services are brought back online.

September 9, 2013
Southern Roads Closed After Sunday's Storm
Portions of Pinto Basin Road were flooded and damaged by the rain storm that hit the southern part of the park Sunday night. The road is closed from the Ocotillo Patch to I10.

September 8, 2013
Some Roads And Campgrounds Damaged By Saturday's Storm
Park Boulevard from North Entrance to Pinto Basin Road, many unpaved roads, and Jumbo Rocks Campground remain closed after weekend storms. Other areas are being assessed for damage.

September 7, 2013
Heavy Rains Close Park Roads And Facilities
Portions of Park Boulevard, several unpaved roads, and Jumbo Rocks Campground have been closed due to heavy rain and flooding during the afternoon of September 7, 2013.

August 30, 2013
Partial Reopening Of Pinto Basin Road
Pinto Basin Road will be reopened from Park Boulevard to the Ocotillo Patch parking area on Monday, September 2, 2013. Visitors will have access to Arch Rock Nature Trail and Cholla Cactus Garden.

August 26, 2013
Flash Floods Close Pinto Basin Road
Pinto Basin Road, Cottonwood Campground, and Cottonwood Visitor Center will remain closed for one to two weeks while crews clear debris and repair camp sites. Cholla Cactus Garden and other attractions will not be accessible due to the road closure.

August 20, 2013
Joshua Tree To Celebrate NPS Birthday
Joshua Tree National Park will celebrate the 97th birthday of the National Park Service by offering free admission on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

August 16, 2013
Phone Service Down At Park Headquarters
The phone service at Joshua Tree National Park headquarters and Oasis Visitor Center has been down since early August.

August 13, 2013
Hiker Trapped Between Boulders Rescued Safely
A 37-year old man from Los Angeles was lowered to safety after becoming wedged between two boulders at Quail Springs picnic area.

August 09, 2013
Park Staff To Celebrate 2013 Perseids With Partners
The Perseid meteor shower will provide awe-inspiring views of our desert night skies to many park visitors this weekend, August 9-11, 2013.

July 22, 2013
Park Visitor Commits Suicide
Over the weekend, a man died in Joshua Tree National Park of a self-inflicted gunshot would.

July 17, 2013
Pinto Basin Road Construction Completed
The National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration have announced completion of the rehibilitation of approximately 12 miles of the Pinto Basin Road, including improving the sight distance of the heavily visited Cholla Cactus Garden.

July 10, 2013
Artists Chosen For 2013-14 AIR Program
Four visual artists, a sculptor/videographer, and a writer were invited to participate in the program’s sixth year of providing a unique residential opportunity to artists from around the nation.

May 22, 2013
Some Campgrounds Will Be Closed During Summer
Joshua Tree National Park will close some camping facilities during the 2013 summer season.

April 30, 2013
Rattlesnake Canyon Closure Extended 30 Days
To allow park staff time to mitigate graffiti in Rattlesnake Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park is extending the temporary closure until May 30.

April 30, 2013
Artist-in-Residence to Perform at Lost Horse Cabin
On Saturday, May 4, at 6 pm, Gedney Barclay, will present Via Negativa, a one-woman piece exploring the myth of Persephone.

April 19, 2013
New Hours At Cottonwood Visitor Center
Beginning April 29, 2013, Cottonwood Visitor Center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Weekend hours will continue to be from 8 am to 4 pm.

April 19, 2013
Student Exhibit To Open At Joshua Tree Visitor Center
An exhibit of the materials created by 4th through 8th graders to present ideas for a park trail designed especially for kids will open on April 24 and run for two weeks.

April 17, 2013
National Park Week Begins With Jr Ranger Day
National Park Week Begins April 20, which is also Junior Ranger Day, and runs through April 28. Entrance fees will be waived from April 22 through April 26.

April 8, 2013
Rattlesnake Canyon Temporarily Closed Due To Vandalism
To protect park resources from further acts of vandalism, the public may not enter or use Rattlesnake Canyon at any time from April 8 through April 30.

April 1, 2013
Joshua Tree Accepting 2013 Research Grant Applications
Applications for a 2013 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grant will be accepted until May 2, 2013. Multiple grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded.

March 23, 2013

AIR Retrospective Featured At Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Art created by 11 participants in the park's Artist-in-Residence ( AIR ) program, which has been hosting artists from around the country since 1999, is on exhibit at Joshua Tree Visitor Center.

March 14, 2013
Joshua Tree To Host Third BioDiversity Hunt
Joshua Tree National Park's third Biodiversity Hunt will take place on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at both Cottonwood Spring and Lost Palms Oasis. Scientists, students, desert naturalists, community members, and park staff will join forces in a 30-hour race to document every type of living thing in these desert riparian, or wetland, habitats.

March 7, 2013
Park Regulations Updated For 2013
The Superintendent's Compendium, a list of park-specific regulations, has been revised for 2013.

February 21, 2013
Volunteers Needed For 2013 Hold The Mustard Campaign
Joshua Tree is seeking volunteers to help control the aggressive Sahara mustard plant that is invading the park. Please consider joining a weed-pull event this spring. this spring.

February 8, 2013
Historic Barker Dam Vandalized
Public access to Barker Dam will be closed from 130 feet upstream to 180 feet downstream to protect it from further vandalism.The closure does not include any portion of the Barker Dam Nature Trail.

February 6, 2013
Road Construction Begins February 11
Eleven miles of Pinto Basin Road (map here) will be renovated to improve visitor safety. During construction, visitors may experience travel delays of up to 30 minutes. However, work will not be conducted on weekends or holidays.

Did You Know?

Mojave Mound Cactus Bloom

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...