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 »
Campground Closed Due to Bees
July 24, 2007
Other park campgrounds remain open including Cottonwood, Black Rock, Indian Cove, Belle and Hidden Valley. Jumbo Rocks Campground is scheduled to reopen on noon, Tuesday, July 31st unless the bees continue to pose a threat to public safety.
Bees are attracted to campsites and dumpsters. Visitors in campgrounds and picnic areas can reduce the threat of bee stings by not leaving soda cans and water bottles out to attract foraging bees. If someone is stung, the stinger should be scraped out and ice applied to reduce pain and swelling. Seek immediate medical attention if breathing is troubled.
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...