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    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.

Historic Barker Dam Vandalized

Barker Dam Vandalism
Vandalism at historic Barker Dam
National Park Service

Release Date: February 8, 2013
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 760-367-5520

Because of recent vandalism to Barker Dam, Joshua Tree National Park is closing access to the dam. Physical access to the dam will be closed from 130 feet upstream to 180 feet downstream of the dam to protect it from further damage.

The closure, which does not include any portion of the Barker Dam Nature Trail, is designated an emergency situation for the protection of a significant historic property. Barker Dam is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The closure takes effect immediately and will remain in effect until the damage to the dam is stabilized.

Any questions regarding the closure can be directed to, Jan Keswick, cultural resource manager at Joshua Tree National Park, 760-367-5570.

Did You Know?

Pinto Point

Humans have occupied the area encompassed by Joshua Tree National Park for at least 5,000 years. The first group known to inhabit the area was the Pinto Culture, followed by the Serrano, the Chemehuevi, and the Cahuilla. More...