• 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.

Cactus Returning To Garden

Release Date: November 13, 2013
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 760-367-5520

Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park may notice work being done along Pinto Basin Road. A contractor will be working with park staff to return 800 plants to the Cholla Cactus Garden. Work started in late October, 2013 and could continue through mid-January, 2014. These plants were originally salvaged and transplanted elsewhere in the park to accommodate a road project that ended in August, 2013. Park biologists expect a 75 to 85 percent survival rate.

Pinto Basin Road will remain open during this transplanting work and only minor delays can be expected. Visitors are asked to use caution when traveling this section of road.

Joshua Tree National Park is home to four species of cholla: teddybear, silver, pencil, and matted. Learn more about Joshua Tree's native cactus plants here.

Did You Know?

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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...