Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect travel delays up to 30-minutes
The ongoing construction project to improve Pinto Basin Road will impact travel between the northern portion of the park and the Cottonwood/I-10 area. Please plan accordingly. The project is expected to be completed in August 2014. 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.
Access to some Cottonwood trails remains closed
Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »
Historic Barker Dam Vandalized
Release Date: February 8, 2013
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?
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...