• 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.

Base Jumper Injured

A Truckee, California resident was injured during an unauthorized base jump on Monday morning, November 7 at Joshua Tree National Park. William Fleming, 23, received minor injuries when, after jumping from a cliff in the Oyster Bar area of the park, his parachute was blown onto rocks.

Rescue personnel found Fleming high up in granite rock and boulder formations on the northwest slopes of Ryan Mountain near the area known as the Oyster Bar. After receiving an initial assessment and first aid treatment for his injuries, Fleming was airlifted via short haul by one of the Riverside County helicopters to the Oyster Bar Parking Area where he was taken by ambulance to Desert Regional Hospital.

The park was notified of the accident at approximately 8 am and Joshua Tree Search-and-Rescue (JOSAR) personnel comprising eight park rangers and volunteers responded. Park staff was supported by emergency personnel from San Bernardino County Fire Engine 36, Morongo Basin Ambulance, two Riverside County helicopters, and a California Highway Patrol helicopter. Rescue personnel were cleared of the incident by 12:15 pm.

Did You Know?

Desert Tortoise

The reptiles of Joshua Tree National Park include one tortoise, 18 lizards, and 25 varieties of snakes. More...