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 »
Search For Missing Hiker Continues
Personnel from multiple agencies continue to search Joshua Tree National Park for missing hiker William Ewasko, 65, from Marietta, Georgia. The park was informed that Ewasko was missing on Friday evening.
Initial information concerning Ewasko’s whereabouts led the search effort to focus on the Hayfield area in the southeast area of the park. Late Saturday afternoon, Ewasko’s car was located at the Juniper Flats Backcountry Registration Board and park personnel began a foot search of Quail Mountain, an area where Ewasko had indicated to friends he might be hiking. On Sunday park personnel were joined by Joshua Tree Search & Rescue and Sheriffs Office personnel from Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Volunteer equestrians joined teams on foot to search Lost Horse Valley on Monday.
As search personnel begin their fourth full day of the intensive hunt, the focus will be to search the area surrounding Quail Mountain. Approximately 100 people from Joshua Tree National Park, Riverside County Sheriffs Office, San Bernardino County Sheriffs, and various search and rescue teams, equestrians, search dogs, and bloodhounds will be involved. Riverside County Sheriffs will also provide helicopter support.
Visitors are advised to be prepared for brief delays and possible road closures as search efforts intensify. The Incident Command Center for the search has been established in the Cap Rock parking area so the nature trail is temporarily closed. All other park facilities remain open for normal summer use.
Did You Know?
In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...