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 »
Artist-in-Residence to Perform at Lost Horse Cabin
Release Date: April 30, 2013
Joshua Tree National Park, in partnership with the Joshua Tree National Park Association, is pleased to announce the final event of the 2012-2013 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) season. On Saturday, May 4, at 6 pm, Gedney Barclay, a performance artist based in Philadelphia, PA, will present Via Negativa, a one-woman piece exploring the myth of Persephone. The event is free; the standard entrance fee to the park, however, will be charged. Ms. Barclay has asked that audience participants be prepared to spend 45 minutes to one hour outdoors in and around the performance site. The piece involves a walking meditation; audience members will cover about one-half mile during the performance, so please wear walking shoes and do not expect to sit throughout the event.
Each artist who participates in the AIR program receives accommodations inside the park for a two- to six-week period. Residencies usually take place during the months of October, November, March, and April, thus avoiding the desert's most extreme weather conditions. Through partnerships established with other cultural, environmental, and civic agencies, artists produce a program, presentation, or exhibit to engage members of the community during or after their stay.
Mark Butler, superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park, said he was very proud of the work done by park, museum, and Association staff to ensure that visiting artists have a positive experience. "Through the AIR program, we hope to carry on the venerable tradition of providing artists with opportunities for creative expression in some of the country's last remaining wild places," said Butler.
For more information about Joshua Tree National Park's AIR program, or Saturday's performance, please contact Caryn Davidson, park liaison, at 760-367-3012.
Did You Know?
The red-spotted toad is a true denizen of the desert, where it spends most of its life underground. Found from one end of the park to the other, it appears after good, soaking rains. More...