• 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.

Volunteers Needed For 2013 Hold The Mustard Campaign

Park ranger holding the invasive Sahara mustard plant.

Release Date: February 21, 2013
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 760-367-5520

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: kipp_callahan@partner.nps.gov. 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.

Volunteers celebrating a job well done.

Did You Know?

Joshua Tree Blooms

One of the most beautiful spectacles in spring is the creamy-white blossoms of Joshua trees. These white candles can be seen from February to late March. Joshua trees do not branch until after they bloom, and they don’t bloom every year. More...