Pinto Basin Road Renovation
Pinto Basin Road is being renovated. On weekdays you may encounter travel delays of up to 30 minutes. Cholla Cactus Garden is closed on weekdays. Cottonwood Visitor Center hours are 9 to 4 on weekdays, 8 to 4 weekends. More »
Rattlesnake Canyon Will Remain Closed Through May
To provide additional time to mitigate the vandalism, Rattlesnake Canyon will remain completely closed to the public for another 30 days. More »
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?
With nearly 750 species of vascular plants, Joshua Tree is renowned for its plant diversity. No wonder that when the area was first proposed for preservation in the early 1930s, the name suggested was Desert Plants National Park. More...