Pinto Basin Road Renovation
Pinto Basin Road is being renovated. On weekdays you may encounter travel delays of up to 30 minutes. Cholla Cactus Garden is closed on weekdays. Cottonwood Visitor Center hours are 9 to 4 on weekdays, 8 to 4 weekends. More »
Rattlesnake Canyon Will Remain Closed Through May
To provide additional time to mitigate the vandalism, Rattlesnake Canyon will remain completely closed to the public for another 30 days. More »
National Parks Economic Symposium Slated for December 6
Joshua Tree National Park, in partnership with the Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, and Twentynine Palms Chambers of Commerce and the Morongo Basin Regional Economic Development Consortium will host a half-day symposium on Tuesday afternoon, December 6. The National Parks Economic Symposium will highlight the unique economic relationships between national parks and their surrounding communities. The event is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Twentynine Palms Community Center, 74325 Joe Davis Drive, which is adjacent to Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms.
1:05 Opening Remarks by Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Mark Butler
1:10 Social Science Program Overview by Bruce Peacock, Chief, Environmental Quality Division, National Park Service
1:35 Human and Resource Landscape Integration by Bret Meldrum, Branch Chief, Visitor Use and Social Science, Resources Management and Science Division, Yosemite National Park
2:00 Title to be Determined by Maureen Snelgrove, Deputy Director, San Bernardino County Representative
2:35 Yucca Valley, 20 Years Young and Still Growing by Mark Nuaimi, Yucca Valley Town Manager
3:00 Joshua Tree National Park and the City of Twentynine Palms, A Value Added Partnership by Richard Warne, Twentynine Palms City Manager
3:25 Economic Variables & Money Generation Model by Daniel J. Stynes, Professor Emeritus, Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, & Resource Studies, Michigan State University
3:50 Wrap Up by Mark Butler
Did You Know?
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...