Cottonwood Trails Closed
Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »
Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect 30+ Minute Travel Delays
Visitors should expect 30+ minute waits when heading north and sound bound on the Pinto Basin Road. Due to construction activity around Cottonwood Visitor Center, additional waits of 30 minutes may be in place when leaving the visitor center parking lot. 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.
Search For Hiker Enters Sixth Day
Efforts by search and rescue personnel to locate missing hiker William Ewasko entered their sixth day on Thursday. Teams of agency and volunteer ground searchers continue to comb the Quail Mountain area of Joshua Tree National Park in an effort to locate the Marietta, Georgia resident who was first reported missing last Friday.
Today’s objectives call for ground search teams to work the sectors of Juniper Flats and Quail Springs located to the east and north of the Quail Mountain summit. The weather forecast for the area is for sunny skies with a high temperature near 106 degrees. Winds of 12-15 mph with gusts to 21 are predicted for the afternoon.
Approximately 30 people are involved with today’s search effort.They include Desert Search & Rescue from Riverside County and Sierra Madre Mountain Rescue from Los Angeles County, Morongo Basin Search & Rescue and RIMSAR from the Big Bear/Lake Arrowhead area, and Joshua Tree Search & Rescue, which is affiliated with Joshua Tree National Park. National Park Service and Riverside County Sheriffs Office personnel continue to coordinate the search effort with additional support from the San Bernardino County Sheriffs Office.
To date, over 102 volunteer searchers have contributed 1,100 ground search hours in addition to efforts by trained dog teams, equestrian searchers, and helicopters from the California Highway Patrol and Riverside County Sheriffs Office. Hundreds of additional man-hours have been dedicated to the search effort by support staff.
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...