May 22, 2013
Some Campgrounds Will Be Closed During Summer
Joshua Tree National Park will close some camping facilities during the 2013 summer season.
April 30, 2013
Rattlesnake Canyon Closure Extended 30 Days
To allow park staff time to mitigate graffiti in Rattlesnake Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park is extending the temporary closure until May 30.
April 30, 2013
Artist-in-Residence to Perform at Lost Horse Cabin
On Saturday, May 4, at 6 pm, Gedney Barclay, will present Via Negativa, a one-woman piece exploring the myth of Persephone.
April 19, 2013
New Hours At Cottonwood Visitor Center
Beginning April 29, 2013, Cottonwood Visitor Center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. Weekend hours will continue to be from 8 am to 4 pm.
April 19, 2013
Student Exhibit To Open At Joshua Tree Visitor Center
An exhibit of the materials created by 4th through 8th graders to present ideas for a park trail designed especially for kids will open on April 24 and run for two weeks.
April 17, 2013
National Park Week Begins With Jr Ranger Day
National Park Week Begins April 20, which is also Junior Ranger Day, and runs through April 28. Entrance fees will be waived from April 22 through April 26.
April 8, 2013
Rattlesnake Canyon Temporarily Closed Due To Vandalism
To protect park resources from further acts of vandalism, the public may not enter or use Rattlesnake Canyon at any time from April 8 through April 30.
April 1, 2013
March 23, 2013
Joshua Tree Accepting 2013 Research Grant Applications
Applications for a 2013 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grant will be accepted until May 2, 2013. Multiple grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded.
AIR Retrospective Featured At Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Art created by 11 participants in the park's Artist-in-Residence ( AIR ) program, which has been hosting artists from around the country since 1999, is on exhibit at Joshua Tree Visitor Center.
March 14, 2013
Joshua Tree To Host Third BioDiversity Hunt
Joshua Tree National Park's third Biodiversity Hunt will take place on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at both Cottonwood Spring and Lost Palms Oasis. Scientists, students, desert naturalists, community members, and park staff will join forces in a 30-hour race to document every type of living thing in these desert riparian, or wetland, habitats.
March 7, 2013
Park Regulations Updated For 2013
The Superintendent's Compendium, a list of park-specific regulations, has been revised for 2013.
February 21, 2013
Volunteers Needed For 2013 Hold The Mustard Campaign
Joshua Tree is seeking volunteers to help control the aggressive Sahara mustard plant that is invading the park. Please consider joining a weed-pull event this spring. this spring.
February 8, 2013
Historic Barker Dam Vandalized
Public access to Barker Dam will be closed from 130 feet upstream to 180 feet downstream to protect it from further vandalism.The closure does not include any portion of the Barker Dam Nature Trail.
February 6, 2013
Road Construction Begins February 11
Eleven miles of Pinto Basin Road (map here) will be renovated to improve visitor safety. During construction, visitors may experience travel delays of up to 30 minutes. However, work will not be conducted on weekends or holidays.
December 8, 2012
Public Reading By Park Artist-In-Residence Wendy Call
Joshua Tree National Park announces a reading on Tuesday, December 11 by writer Wendy Call of Seattle, Washington. The reading will begin at 6 pm at the Red Arrow Gallery, 61597 Twentynine Palms Highway, between Hillview and Sunset on the south side of the highway.
November 30, 2012
Paintings By Kim Osgood Featured At Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Osgood, who usually works with monotype printing, experimented with acrylic paint on panels during her participation in the 2011 Joshua Tree National Park Artist-In-Residence program.
November 27, 2012
Search For Overdue Couple Unsuccessful
Two people were reported missing after a weekend excursion that may have taken them to Joshua Tree National Park. A search of backcountry roads and an aerial search did not locate them.
November 27, 2012
Man Found Dead In Vehicle
The body of a Niles, Illinois man was found inside his vehicle on Saturday afternoon, November 24. The cause of death is under investigation by the Riverside County Coroner's office.
November 2, 2012
National Parks Waive Entrance Fees On Veterans Day Weekend
Entrance (but not camping) will be free from November 10 through 12 in honor of those who serve and have served in the U.S. military.
October 4, 2012
Plant Salvage To Begin Along Pinto Basin Road
Beginning October 15 and continuing through December, a contractor will be salvaging plants along Pinto Basin Road near the Cholla Cactus Garden. Visitors are asked to use caution when traveling this curvy section of road.
October 4, 2012
Visitor Fatality In Joshua Tree Climbing Area
Joshua Tree National Park confirms a visitor fatality at Hall of Horrors climbing area on Thursday afternoon, October 4, 2012.
September 21, 2012
Joshua Tree Peak Named For Park Founder
The U.S. Board of Geographic Names (BGN) has voted to name a peak within Joshua Tree National Park, Mount Minerva Hoyt. The previously unnamed 5,405 foot mountain is located in the west central portion of Joshua Tree not far from the park's highest summit, Quail Mountain.
September 20, 2012
Entrance Is Free On Public Lands Day
All 397 national parks, including Joshua Tree National Park, will offer free entrance on Saturday, September 29 for National Public Lands Day.
September 7, 2012
Four Artists Selected For Joshua Tree's 2012-13 AIR Program
Two visual artists, a performance artist, and a writer were invited to participate in Joshua Tree's Artist-In-Resdence (AIR) program.
September 7, 2012
Jeff Ohlfs Appointed Chief Ranger At Joshua Tree
Jeff Ohlfs, a 33-year veteran of the National Park Service, replaces retired Chief of Visitor and Resource Protection Judy Bartzatt at Joshua Tree National Park.
August 17, 2012
Quail Fire 100% Contained
Full containment of the Quail Fire was reached yesterday afternoon. The park's fire crew will monitor the burn area through Tuesday as resource specialists assess the damage and plan for clean-up and recovery of the fire zone. The 273-acre burn will be closed to visitors until September 30, 2012.
August 15, 2012
Quail Fire At 90% Containment
Fire officials announced Wednesday evening that the Quail Fire is now 90% contained. Keys View Road will be reopened for visitor use at 8 am Thursday.
August 14, 2012
Quail Fire Now 60% Contained
Firefighters achieved 60% containment of the Quail Fire on Tuesday, although numerous hot spots and smoldering areas remain within the burned area.
August 14, 2012
Efforts Continue To Control Quail Fire
Additional firefighting resources arrived overnight to assist with efforts to control the Quail Fire. Over 150 firefighting personnel were on hand for the Tuesday morning briefing. As full containment of the fire perimeter is reached, firefighters will focus on mopping up hot spots within the fire perimeter and assessing resource damage.
August 13, 2012
Quail Fire 35% Contained
Firefighters achieved 35% containment of the Quail Fire with no significant growth in the fire perimeter as of Monday evening. Precise mapping of the fire perimeter pegged its size at 269.2 acres.
August 13, 2012
Quail Fire Continues To Burn
Firefighters began a second day fighting Sunday's lightning-ignited Quail Fire. As of 6 am Monday morning, the fire had burned an estimated 250-300 acres. Keys View Road remains closed so firefighting personnel and equipment can access the fire.
August 12, 2012
Fire Crews Battle Lightning Ignited Wildfire
Lightning from summer thunderstorms ignited a wildfire Sunday afternoon approximately 3.5 miles northwest of Keys View. Keys View Road has been closed to allow firefighting personnel and equipment access to the fire.
August 9, 2012
Black Rock Campground EA Availabale For Review
The National Park Service has released the Environmental Assessment for the rehabilitation of Black Rock Campground drainage and erosion control for public review and comment.
August 3, 2012
Ryan Campground To Open For Perseid Meteor Showers
Joshua Tree National Park will reopen Ryan Campground August 10 through August 12 to allow visitors additional camping opportunities during the upcoming Perseid Meteor showers.
June 7, 2012
Rangers Find Body Of Missing Camper
The body of a 41-year-old Vancouver, Britsh Columbia resident was found in an area of rock formations near Jumbo Rocks Campground on Wednesday evening, June 6.
June 6, 2012
Get Outdoors On June 9
In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, all 397 national parks, including Joshua Tree, will waive entrance fees, but not camping fees, on June 9.
May 25, 2012
Joshua Tree To Host Venus Transit Event
On Tuesday, June 5, Joshua Tree National Park will host a public viewing of the planet Venus as it passes in front of the sun. Activities will take place at the Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms beginning at 2 pm.
May 25, 2012
Park Pass For Military Families Popular At Joshua Tree
Available for the first time on Armed Forces Day, May 19, the new America the Beautiful Pass for armed service personnel prompted a friendly invasion from the local Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center near Twentynine Palms. The park issued 266 of the new passes on the first weekend they were available.
May 17, 2012
May 16, 2012
Military Offered Free Entrance to National Parks
Some Campgrounds To Close For Summer
Beginning June 1, Joshua Tree National Park will close some camping facilities for the 2012 summer season. Also, on June 5 from 7 am to dusk, the Lost Horse Mine Road will close for scheduled maintenance.
A new entrance pass will allow active duty service members and their dependents free entrance to all 397 national parks, as well as wildlife refuges, national forests, and other public lands around the nation.
May 11, 2012
Joshua Tree to Offer Front-Row Seat for Solar Eclipse
Joshua Tree National Park will offer special programs for the May 20 annular solar eclipse, an event last sean in the United States in 1994. Eclipse activities will take place at the Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms beginning at noon.
April 16, 2012
Adam Tinkle To Perform At Indian Cove
On Sunday, April 22, Artist-In-Residence Adam Tinkle will lead an ensemble of 20 musicians consisting of brass, woodwinds, strings, percussion, and voices in a performance of musical compositions he created during his residency. The concert, which is free to the public, will take place at the Indian Cove Campground amphitheater.
April 11, 2012
Free Entry and Special Activities Highlight National Park Week
Celebrating the theme, Picture Yourself in a National Park, National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29.Visitors throughout the country can enjoy the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the world's most spectacular scenery, historic places, and cultural treasures free of park entrance fees. Although camping and other fees will still be collected.
March 28, 2012
Joshua Tree Accepting Research Grant Applications
Applications for the 2012 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grant will be accepted until May 4, 2012. Multiple grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded.
March 21, 2012
Noxious Package Closes Park Headquarters
Local hazardous materials teams were called to Joshua Tree National Park's administrative headquarters after employees experienced skin and eye irritation, respiratory distress, and nausea while working in the mailroom.
March 14, 2012
Park Regulations Updated
The Superintendent's Compendium, a list of park-specific regulations, has been revised for 2012. Revisions include closure of five new and one expanded climbing/bouldering locations and authorization for backpackers to cache food and water supplies for up to 14 days.
March 1, 2012
Small Plane Lands On Pinto Basin Road
Richard Piccirilli landed his single-engine Cessna 182 on Pinto Basin Road after running out of fuel on a flight from Sun City, Arizona to Hemet California. No one was injured and no other vehicles were involved.
February 28, 2012
Joshua Tree National Park = Visitors, Money, And Jobs For Local Communities
A National Park Service report shows that in 2010 the nearly 1.5 million visitors to Joshua Tree National Park spent $58,798,000 in the park and its surrounding communities and supported 804 jobs in the local area.
February 27, 2012
Fire Extinguished In Lost Horse Area Sunday
Park visitors reported a small fire in the Lost Horse area about one mile southwest of Park Boulevard on Sunday at about 3:30 pm. The fire burned about one-quarter-acre of dry grass and desert shrubs before fire crews brought it under control at 7:30 pm.
February 23, 2012
Volunteers Needed For Hold The Mustard Campaign
Joshua Tree is seeking volunteers to help eradicate the invasive Sahara mustard plant that is invading the park and surrounding communities. This rapidly spreading annual is most successfully controlled by manually pulling plants before they seed.
February 17, 2012
JOSAR Volunteer Meeting Scheduled
An informational meeting for potential volunteers for the Joshua Tree Search and Rescue Team (JOSAR) will be held on February 24 at Black Rock Visitor Center at 7 pm. JOSAR volunteers search for lost hikers, rescue injured climbers, and support park rangers in various visitor-safety tasks.
February 17, 2012
Park Boulevard And Keys View Road Are Open
The paved roads closed by Wednesday's snowstorm have been cleared of snow and are open for visitor use. Several unpaved roads remain closed until fully dry.
February 16, 2012
Snow Closes Park Roads
Park Boulevard from West Entrance to Jumbo Rocks Campground is closed due to snow accumulation from last night's storm. Travel from North Entrance to Cottonwood and Interstate 10 remains open.
February 15, 2012
Rock Climber Sustains Head Injury in Fall
Michael Mullen, 30, of San Diego, California, was climbing on the Outer Mongolia rock formation when he lost his footing and fell an estimated 50 feet. He sustained a head injury, cuts and abrasions and was treated at Loma Linda Hospital.
February 9, 2012
Cottonwood Campground Reopens at Joshua Tree National Park
Cottonwood Campground is once again open for camping and visitor use. A small portion of the canyon below Cottonwood Spring remains closed for visitor safety, but all Cottonwood-area maintained trails and other visitor facilities are now open.
February 3, 2012
Cottonwood Spring and Trails Reopened
The fan palm oasis at Cottonwood Spring, Lost Palms Oasis Trail, and the Mastodon Mine Loop Trail are once again open to park visitors. Cottonwood Campground is being repaired and is scheduled to reopen by February 17.
January 11, 2012
Park Entrance Free January 14, 15, and 16
To commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Joshua Tree National Park, along with other national parks across the country, will waive entrance fees (though not camping fees) from January 14 through 16.
January 11, 2012
Photos by Michael Kenny Featured at Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Drive Thru, by photographer Michael Kenny of San Francisco, has opened at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center. Kenny was a spring 2011 participant in the park's Artist-In-Residence program.
December 16, 2011
Rock Climber Falls 30 Feet
William Becher, 65, fell 30-feet in a climbing accident in the Saddle Rock area of the park and sustained injuries to his lower extremities.
November 29, 2011
National Parks Economic Symposium Slated for December 6
The National Parks Economic Symposium will highlight economic relationships between national parks and their surrounding communities. The event is free to the public and is scheduled from 1 to 4 pm at the Twentynine Palms Community Center, 74325 Joe Davis Drive, adjacent to Luckie Park in Twentynine Palms.
November 23, 2011
Crossroads Conference Agenda Released
At the December 2 Crossroads Conference, park staff and a panel of accomplished speakers will shed light on some of the park's pressing issues. On December 3 participants will visit Joshua Tree National Park.
November 21, 2011
Hiker Dies of Apparent Heart Attack
Frederick McMichael, 39, of Irvine, California suffered an apparent heart attack and stopped breathing while hiking the Lost Horse Loop Trail on Saturday, November 19. Emergency resuscitation was not successful.
November 15, 2011
Crossroads Conference Will Feature Challenges to the Park
The Crossroads Conference will be held December 2 at the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center Auditorium. On December 3 participants will take a guided tour of Joshua Tree National Park.
November 7, 2011
Base Jumper Injured
William Fleming, 23, received minor injuries when he was blown into rocks after parachuting from a cliff in the Oyster Bar.
November 1, 2011
Pinto Basin Road Reopened
Pinto Basin Road is now open from Park Boulevard to Interstate 10. Cottonwood Visitor Center has also reopened, however the campground, Cottonwood Spring, and area trails remain closed.
October 25, 2011
Rock Climber Falls 25 Feet
A rock climber visiting from Japan sustained severe head trauma from a 25-foot fall while climbing on Cyclops Rock.
October 24, 2011
Park Suspends Work On GMP
The National Park Service has announced that further work on a new General Management Plan (GMP) at Joshua Tree National Park has been discontinued.
October 17, 2011
Park Clarifies Position On Tribal Casino
As with any land-use proposal for an activity on private lands outside the park, the National Park Service cannot, and does not, support or oppose the casino proposal.
September 27, 2011
Pinto Basin Road Will Partially Reopen
A portion of the flood-damaged Pinto Basin Road will reopen at Noon on Friday, September 30. The nine miles from White Tank Campground to the Ocotillo Patch pullout will be open to visitor traffic, which will allow visitors access to Cholla Cactus Garden.
September 15, 2011
September 16 Public Meeting Rescheduled
The public meeting to present the "proposed action" for the reconstruction of Pinto Basin Road has been postponed from September 16 until September 30.
September 13, 2011
Volunteer On Public Lands Day!
Saturday, September 24 is National Public Lands Day, a day when people across the country will turn out to take part in volunteer projects to benefit America's shared heritage, our public lands. Entrance fees for all park visitors will be waived that day but only those who volunteer will receive a coupon for a future entrance-fee day.
September 13, 2011
Pinto Basin Road Flooded
Torrential rains caused widespread flooding in the Pinto Basin and Cottonwood Spring areas of the park on Tuesday morning, September 13. Pinto Basin Road was closed from Interstate 10 on the south boundary to White Tank Campground.
August 19, 2011
August 19, 2011
Artists Chosen For Residency Program
Proposed Action Selected For Road Reconstruction
A public meeting will be held on Friday, September 16 from 9 to 11 am at park headquarters in Twentynine Palms. The purpose of the meeting is to present the "proposed action" selected for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Pinto Basin Road in Joshua Tree National Park.
Three visual artists, a poet, and a musician/composer were invited to participate in the park's fourth year of offering a unique residential opportunity to artists from around the nation.
August 2, 2011
Park to Celebrate 75th Birthday August 10
Birthday events begin at 8 am at park headquarters in Twentynine Palms and last throughout the day at multiple locations across the park and Morongo Basin communities.
July 18, 2011
Light Plane Crashes in Rugged Terrain
A home-built aircraft flying from Lake Havasu City, Arizona to Compton, California crashed in a hilly area of the park at about 9:20 this morning. The pilot was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.
July 12, 2011
Public Comments Sought on Road Project
The Environmental Assessment of the proposed reconstruction of 23.5 miles of Pinto Basin Road to improve road safety is now available.
July 5, 2011
Pinto Basin Road Meeting Set For July 8
A public meeting to discuss alternatives for work associated with the proposed reconstruction of a 23.5-mile portion of Pinto Basin Road will be held on Friday, July 8, from 8 to 10 am at park headquarters in Twentynine Palms.
June 16, 2011
Park Entrance Will Be Free on June 21
Free admission, warmer weather, and longer days make this a great time to visit a national park. To celebrate the start of summer, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees at all parks on June 21.
June 9, 2011
Park Seeks Public Input on Black Rock Improvements
Public input is being sought regarding the National Park Service's proposed plan to conduct drainage and erosion control improvements, along with redesign of the road and campground layout at Black Rock Campground. A public meeting will be held at 5 pm on June 28, 2011 at Black Rock Nature Center to present the plan.
June 7, 2011
Friends of Joshua Tree Donate Rescue Vehicle
Search-and-rescue operations just got a little bit easier thanks to the donation of a utility vehicle by the non-profit Friends of Joshua Tree to Joshua Tree National Park. The vehicle will be used by the park's search and rescue program, JOSAR, to support rock climbing accidents, searches for lost hikers, and other rescue activities.
May 27, 2011
Lee Research Grants Awarded
Joshua Tree National Park, in partnership with the Joshua Tree National Park Association, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grant at Joshua Tree National Park. This year the park received many highly competitive research applications and after careful review has awarded grants to four applicants.
April 21, 2011
Public Invited to Joshua Tree's First Biodiversity Hunt
On April 29 and 30, scientific experts and community naturalists will race to identify every type of plant and animal within the 58 acres of Joshua Tree National Park's Oasis of Mara. Public programs and activities designed for kids and adults will take place between 10 am and 4 pm each day.
April 18, 2011
Park Regulations Revised
Joshua Tree National Park has issued revised park regulations contained in the Superintendent's Compendium. The Compendium includes park-specific regulations that National Park Service superintendents are authorized to issue under the Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations.
April 16, 2011
Entrance Fees Waived During National Park Week
Entrance fees have been waived at all national parks during National Park Week, April 16-24, providing an excellent opportunity for all Americans to get outside, be active, and have fun. Camping and special-use fees will still be collected.
February 11, 2011
Retrospective Exhibit Opens at Joshua Tree Visitor Center
As part of its 75th Anniversary celebration, Joshua Tree National Park announces the opening this week of a new exhibit featuring the work of past participants in the park's Artist-in-Residence program. The show covers a span of 15 years.
February 11, 2011
Park Seeks JOSAR Volunteers
Joshua Tree National Park will host an informational meeting to recruit new volunteers for its volunteer search-and-rescue team, JOSAR. The meeting will be held on February 18 at 7 p.m. The location for the meeting is the park's Black Rock Visitor Center at 9800 Black Rock Canyon Road in Yucca Valley.
January 13, 2011
Public Invited to Park Anniversary Celebration
Joshua Tree National Park will host a public ceremony on January 29, 2011 to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Huell Howser will be Master of Ceremonies.
January 11, 2011
Pinto Basin Road To Be Renovated
The National Park Service is exploring alternatives for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of approximately 23.5 miles of Pinto Basin Road at Joshua Tree National Park. The proposed action is part of a phased effort to rehabilitate many of the park's roadways in accordance with its 1995 General Management Plan. The primary objective of the project is to improve road safety conditions for Pinto Basin Road.
January 7, 2011
2011 Student Research Grant Applications Available
Applications for the 2011 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grants at Joshua Tree National Park are available on the park's website at: www.nps.gov/jotr/naturescience/research.htm. The application deadline is February 25, 2011.
January 6, 2011
Free Entrance Days for National Parks in 2011
The National Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 selected dates throughout 2011. The first fee-free days are centered on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, January 15, 16, and 17.
December 22, 2010
Keys Ranch Tour Goes Reservation Only
Beginning January 1, 2011, reservations will be required for the Keys Ranch Guided Walking Tour. The park will no longer admit participants at the ranch gate on a first-come, first-served basis.
December 13, 2010
Mark Butler Named Superintendent
Mark Butler is the newly appointed superintendent for Joshua Tree National Park. He replaces Curtis Sauer who retired in September 2010.
December 8, 2010
Joshua Tree Will Celebrate Its 75th in 2011
In 2011, Joshua Tree National Park, in conjunction with numerous community partners, will carry out a year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary as part of our nation's National Park System.
December 1, 2010
Kevin Hendricks Named Acting Superintendent
Currently the chief ranger at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Kevin Hendricks will become the second interim superintendent at Joshua Tree.
November 5, 2010
National Parks Will Waive Entrance Fees on Veteran's Day
To honor America's service men and women, national parks will not charge entrance fees on Veteran's Day, Thursday, November 11.
October 22, 2010
Paintings by Dianne Bennett Featured at Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Paintings by 2009 Artist-In-Residence Dianne Bennett will be on display at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center through the winter holidays.
October 19, 2010
Open House to Discuss Black Rock Flood Study
The National Park Service will hold an open house November 3 to discuss drainage and run-off at Black Rock Campground and the adjacent community.
October 1, 2010
Lizette Richardson Appointed Acting Superintendent
Lizette Richardson, currently the chief of maintenance at Lake Mead, will take over for Curt Sauer, who retired September 30. Her appointment is expected to last 60 days.
September 30, 2010
Missing Hiker Rescued
Edward Rosenthal, missing since last Friday, was spotted alive at 10:30 a.m. Thursday by a San Bernardino County Sherriff's helicopter crew.
September 29, 2010
Missing Hiker's Tracks Located
Search operations shifted focus today after clear indications of Culver City resident Edward Rosenthal's presence were discovered in a location south of the original search area. Foot prints believed to be Rosenthals were followed off-trail into a rugged region of the Little San Bernardino Mountains.
September 29, 2010
Search Continues for Missing Hiker
The National Park Service will temporarily close hiking and equestrian trails in Black Rock Canyon while the search continues for Edward Rosenthal, missing since last Friday. The campground will remain open.
September 28, 2010
Search Expands for Missing Hiker
Efforts by search-and-rescue personnel to locate missing hiker Edward Rosenthal were expanded on Tuesday. Rosenthal has been overdue from a day hike in the Black Rock Canyon area of the park since last Friday afternoon.
September 27, 2010
Search Underway for Missing Hiker
Edward H. Rosenthal, 64, of Culver City, California has been missing since Friday evening when he failed to return from a hike near Black Rock Campground inside Joshua Tree National Park. Rosenthal was reported missing to park rangers on Sunday afternoon.
September 22, 2010
Joshua Tree Recognized by Riverside County Office of Education
On September 16, the Riverside County Office of Education honored Joshua Tree National Park as a Distinguished Partner, recognizing the park's efforts at job placement and career development for Transition Partnership students.
September 22, 2010
September 25 is National Public Lands Day
Entrance is free on National Public Lands Day. People all across the country will take part in volunteer projects to benefit America's shared heritage, its public lands.
August 28, 2010
Keys Fire Fully Contained
Firefighters achieved full containment of the Keys Fire on Saturday at 6 p.m. A few firefighters will continue to check for hotspots in the 110 acre fire.
August 27, 2010
Progress Made on Keys Fire
The Keys Fire has grown to 110 acres and crews from four agencies are working to contain it.
August 26, 2010
Lightning Ignites Three Fires
Of the three fires that were ignited during a thunderstorm today, the largest and most active is the Keys Fire.
July 12, 2010
Curt Sauer Announces His Retirement
Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Curt Sauer announced that he will be hanging up his flat hat September 30, 2010 after 35 years of federal service.
July 2, 2010
Daily Search for William Ewasko Suspended
After seven days, Joshua Tree National Park will suspend daily search operations for missing Georgia resident William Ewasko.
July 1, 2010
Search for Hiker Enters Sixth Day
Efforts to locate missing hiker William Ewasko entered the 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.
June 29, 2010
Search for Missing Hiker Continues
Personnel from multiple agencies continue to search Joshua Tree National Park for missing hiker Willam Ewasko, 65, from Marietta, Georgia. The search began on Friday evening.
June 15, 2010
Some Campgrounds Closed for Summer
Joshua Tree National Park will once again close some camping facilities for the 2010 summer season. There is a reduced need for overnight camping during the hot summer months. Seasonal campground closures allow impacted areas to recover and also helps reduce the cost of maintaining these facilities.
June 2, 2010
Entrance to Joshua Tree Waived June 5 & 6
Free admission, warmer weather, longer days, and fewer crowds make this weekend a great time to visit a national park. To celebrate the coming of summer, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees at all parks on June 5 and 6.
May 28, 2010
Designs Sought for Joshua Tree Anniversary Logo
Designers with skills in graphic arts, logo development, and branding campaigns are invited to submit conceptual designs as described in the submittal guidelines.
May 28, 2010
Park Artist to Exhibit at Riverside Art Museum
Open Studio: New Paintings From the High Desert by Artist-In-Residence Mike Shankman opens June 3 at the Riverside Art Museum.
April 27, 2010
Public Views Sought For Park Management Plan
The public is invited to attend one of a series of planning open houses to be held in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms, or Joshua Tree from May 17 through May 21.
April 13, 2010
Early Photos of Historic Park Structures Sought
There are old photos out there of the historic structures in the park that would help fill in gaps of knowledge about these old buildings.
April 12, 2010
Entrance Fees Waived During National Park Week
Along with the waived entrance fees, National Park Week will be celebrated with special programs culminating in Jr. Ranger Day on April 24.
April 7, 2010
Art Exhibit Opens at Joshua Tree Visitor Center
Paintings by Joshua Tree National Park Artist-In-Residence Erin O'Connor are on display at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center. The exhibit is open to the public at no cost.
March 23, 2010
Mojave Max Contest Winner Announced
Third grader, Garret Zartler, made the closest guess of February 13 at 2:05 p.m., just 25 minutes before the desert tortoise, Mojave Max, actually emerged from her burrow.
March 22, 2010
Joshua Tree Hosts 18th Annual Art Festival
Art and nature come together on April 2, 3, and 4 at Joshua Tree National Park's Eighteenth Annual Art Festival. Held at the Oasis of Mara Visitor Center, show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
March 18, 2010
Warmer Days Spur Spring Wildflowers
Ample winter rains and gradually warming temperatures are stimulating growth of annual desert wildflowers and local concentrations of up to 50 species are starting to appear in some locations.
March 10, 2010
Park Offers Living History Ranch Tours
Visitors to Joshua Tree National Park can now step back in time when they take a tour of Keys Ranch with a costumed guide.
March 9, 2010
Revised Park Rules Issued
Joshua Tree National Park has revised some park regulations contained in the Superintendent's Compendium.
January 27, 2010
Contract to Preserve Park Roads Awarded
Cactus Transport was awarded a $3.1 million contract to treat approximately 58 miles of park roads beginning February 1, 2010.
January 19, 2010
Two Survive Plane Crash In Park
Two individuals survived the crash of their small aircraft in a remote area of Joshua Tree National Park. The crash victims had a variety of injuries and were experiencing hypothermia but both were expected to survive.
January 8, 2010
Ranger Ohlfs Receives STAR Award
Joshua Tree National Park District Ranger Jeff Ohlfs received a Special Thanks for Achieving Results, or STAR, Award for his ongoing project to document details of every Park Service employee who has died on duty.