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.
Park Extends Temporary Road Closure
Joshua Tree National Park will extend through October 15, 2007 the temporary road closure along Keys View Road. Under the Federal Highways Program, repairs and road rehabilitation are taking place from the intersection at Park Boulevard and Keys View Road along the five-mile stretch to Keys View Overlook. The closure extention is necessary for visitor safety during the reconstruction process.
Currently, Keys View Road is closed each week from 10 p.m. Sunday until 6 p.m. the following Friday. The road is open for public use at the following times: Fridays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In addition, the road will be open to the public on the Columbus Day Holiday, Monday, October 8th, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The nature trail, picnic area, and public parking at Cap Rock is also closed during the construction. These public-use restrictions will remain in effect through October 15, 2007.
Both Keys View Road and the facilities at Cap Rock will be re-opened to daily public access on Tuesday morning, October 16 at 7 a.m. However, some construction will continue and visitors may encounter brief delays. Visitors are urged to obey posted speed limits and to follow instructions from traffic control personnel.
The purpose of the construction activities is to rehabilitate aging park roads and eliminate unsafe road conditions. Highway repairs will also protect native park vegetation by reducing soil compaction from social trails and off-road driving. The repairs will improve drainage and help to control erosion and flash-flooding. Visitors will also enjoy wider, paved roadways with one-foot paved shoulders. Parking areas are being improved and new roadside curbing will better preserve native Joshua trees and desert wildlife habitat. For further information about park road construction projects, please call 760-367-5683.
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...