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 »
Volunteers Needed For 2013 Hold The Mustard Campaign
Release Date: February 21, 2013
Joshua Tree National Park is seeking volunteers to help control the aggressive Sahara mustard plant that is invading the park and surrounding communities. This rapidly spreading annual is most successfully controlled by manually pulling plants before they are able to spread their seeds across the desert landscape.
Please consider joining park staff and fellow volunteers to pull Sahara mustard plants for a few hours this spring. The weed pull events will be held from 8 am to 1 pm on the following Saturdays in March: 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, & 3/30.
We will meet at the Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms at 8 am and carpool to the work site. Please bring water, snacks, hats, and sunscreen. Tools and gloves will be provided.
Late winter and early spring is typically when the desert starts to show off its colorful wildflower blooms. In recent years, the profusion of yellow blossoms along park roads has often included outbreaks of the non-native Sahara mustard. This aggressive invader is capable of crowding out native Mojave Desert annuals and providing increased fuel loads during wildfires.
For more information about the park's weed control program, contact Kipp Callahan at 760-367-5575, or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can learn more about the community sponsored Hold the Mustard project at the Morongo Basin Conservation Association website: http://www.mbconservation.org/mustard.html.
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