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.
Public Views Sought For Park Management Plan
Superintendent Curt Sauer announced that the National Park Service has begun the process of developing a new General Management Plan for Joshua Tree National Park. “The public will play a key role in the development of the General Management Plan,” said Sauer. “We want to communicate, consult, and cooperate with all interested individuals and groups throughout the planning process. I urge everyone to participate during this process and share your vision for this magnificent unit of the National Park System. Your involvement will result in a better vision than we alone could provide.”
The National Park Service will seek ideas from the public on how Joshua Tree National Park should be managed over the next 15 to 20 years at five public meetings and by soliciting comments via correspondence and e-mail.
These comments will help guide National Park Service planners in developing alternative approaches to managing the park’s resources, visitor services, and facilities. The alternatives will also be based on legal mandates, NPS policies, the park’s purpose and significance, and key issues facing the park.
The public is invited to attend one of series of planning open houses in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, and Joshua Tree at the following locations:
Monday, May 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, May 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday, May 21 from 6 to 8 p.m.
The first in a series of newsletters has been prepared on the general management plan, including its purpose and schedule. You may contact us via e-mail at e-mail us to request a copy. You will also find additional information about the planning process at www.parkplanning.nps.gov/jotr.
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...