• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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    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.

Hiker Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

Frederick McMichael, 39, of Irvine, California died on Saturday, November 19 while hiking in Joshua Tree National Park. McMichael was hiking with a number of companions on the Lost Horse Loop Trail on Saturday afternoon when he suffered an apparent heart attack. Efforts at emergency resuscitation were not successful and on the advice of medical personnel, resuscitation efforts were suspended at 6:10 pm. The exact cause of death is under investigation by the Riverside County Coroner's Office.

After McMichael collapsed, several of his companions went to get help and reported the incident at the park's West Entrance Station. Park rangers hiked to the victim to render emergency care and a Mercy Air helicopter flew over the scene, coordinating communication with medical personnel at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

Due to the remote, rugged location of the incident, darkness, and the safety of rescue personnel, the decision was made to not remove the body until the following morning when the Coroner arrived. Park rangers and a Joshua Tree Search and Rescue volunteer remained with and secured the victim overnight. McMichael's body was removed by a Riverside County Sheriff's Department helicopter on Sunday morning.

The Lost Horse Mine Loop Trail is an 8.4 mile hike that gains approximately 520 feet in elevation as it meanders over open, rocky hillsides covered with Joshua trees and pinyon pines. A principal feature of the trail is the well-preserved stamp mill where gold ore was processed at the highly successful Lost Horse Mine.

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Wilderness Map

Joshua Tree National Park has over 550,000 acres of wilderness, offering visitors opportunities to explore where few others have ventured. More...