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.
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.
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...