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.
Rangers Find Body Of Missing Camper
The body of a missing park visitor was found by search-and-rescue personnel at Joshua Tree National Park Wednesday evening, June 6. A 41 year old Vancouver, British Columbia resident was found in an area of rock formations near Jumbo Rocks Campground. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Rangers received the report of a missing camper on the morning of June 6. The camper was reported to rangers as planning to arrive at the park on Saturday, June 2 with the intention of returning to friends in Santa Paula, California on June 5. Initial reports indicated that the missing party was staying at Indian Cove Campground, but a search of the area by park rangers failed to locate either the missing person or his car. Rangers broadened the search to include all park campgrounds, picnic areas, and trailheads. The victim's car was found at Jumbo Rocks Campground, but there was no sign of the missing party.
A ground search was started in the afternoon and involved park rangers, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue (JOSAR) volunteers, and the Riverside County Sheriffs Department. The California Highway Patrol provided a helicopter to assist with the search. The victim was located at approximately 9:30 pm in an area of granite cliffs and boulder formations about ¾-mile from the campground.
Joshua Tree National Park rangers are assisting the Riverside County Sheriffs Department with the investigation of the fatality.
Did You Know?
In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...