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.
Jeff Ohlfs Appointed Chief Ranger At Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree's new chief ranger is a 33-year parks veteran. He has had assignments at a wide variety of national park sites including Pinnacles National Monument, Redwood State National and State Parks, Crater Lake National Park, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Hot Springs National Park, and Lake Meredith National Recreation Area. During his career, Ohlfs has served in a variety of capacities including district ranger, safety officer, fire crew boss, all-risk incident commander, law enforcement specialist, fee manager, resource manager, emergency medical technician, search & rescue technician, wilderness manager, equal opportunity counselor, historian, and park interpreter.
Ranger Ohlfs' most recent position was as the Cottonwood district ranger at Joshua Tree where he supervised ranger operations for nearly 80% of the park's lands. Ohlfs knows the park well, having worked at Joshua Tree for the last 21 years.
Jeff's interests include national parks around the world and the community of international rangers. He is very active in international park protection and is a current member of World Commission on Protected Areas. Jeff is an avocational historian and has written several articles on the history of Joshua Tree National Park. A third-generation Californian and graduate of Humboldt State University, Jeff and his wife Deb reside in Twentynine Palms, California.
Did You Know?
The reptiles of Joshua Tree National Park include one tortoise, 18 lizards, and 25 varieties of snakes. More...