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 »
Park Seeks Information About Dead Tortoise
On August 4, 2008, Joshua Tree National Park staff discovered a tortoise that had apparently been burned to death. The tortoise was found in a fire grate in Black Rock Campground, which is located south of the town of Yucca Valley.
It is currently unknown when the death occured and who is responsible. National Park Service rangers conducting the investigation request that anyone who might be able to provide information about the incident call 760-367-5541.
The protection of native wildlife is a primary mission of the National Park Service. The desert tortoise, Gopherus agassizii, is California’s state reptile and was placed on both the California and Federal Endangered Species Lists in 1989 and 1990, respectively. Its status is “threatened”—just one notch below “endangered.”
Handling wild tortoises is illegal under the Endangered Species Act. The only reason for picking one up is when the tortoise is on or near a road and is in imminent danger of being struck by a vehicle. For more information about the desert tortoise click here.
Did You Know?
The reptiles of Joshua Tree National Park include one tortoise, 18 lizards, and 25 varieties of snakes. More...