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.
Park Ready for Fall Visitor Season
Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Curt Sauer announced that the park will restore campgrounds and visitor centers to full operation in time for the Columbus Day holiday weekend that traditionally kicks-off the fall visitor season.
Visitors seeking to make camping reservations should call Reserve America, the National Park Service's camping reservation contractor, at 1-877-444-6777, or visit the reservation website www.recreation.gov. Advance camping reservations can be made for individual sites at Black Rock and Indian Cove campgrounds. Group campsites at Joshua Tree can be reserved at Indian Cove, Cottonwood, and Sheep Pass campgrounds. Other park campsites, at Belle, Cottonwood, Jumbo Rocks, Ryan, and White Tank campgrounds, are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Park visitor centers will also be fully open by October 5. Their hours are:
For further information about Joshua Tree National Park facilities and services visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/jotr or call 760-367-5500.
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...