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 »
Small Plane Lands On Pinto Basin Road
A single-engine Cessna 182 was landed yesterday afternoon on Pinto Basin Road inside Joshua Tree National Park. The pilot, Richard Piccirilli of Sun City, Arizona, said he was flying from Pleasant Valley, Arizona to Hemet, California when low fuel caused by strong head winds required him to make an emergency landing in the park. Neither the pilot nor a female passenger were injured and no other vehicles were involved in the incident.
The plane suffered minor damage to the wings from impacts to vegetation. Federal Aviation Administration officials ordered that the plane not be flown out of the park, and it was moved to the side of the road to clear the roadway for vehicle traffic. After further consultation among park officials and the pilot, the plane was removed from the park by tow truck and taken to Chiriaco Summit.
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...