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 »
Oasis Walk To Promote Healthy Lifestyles
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 760-367-5520
Contact: Pam Tripp, 760-367-5534
A doctor and a park ranger will lead a 45 minute walk around the Oasis of Mara on Friday, December 6, at 10 am. The benefits of exercise will be emphasized and participants will also learn about the history of the area.
Joshua Tree National Park, in partnership with Hi-Desert Medical Center, is reaching out to local residents and park visitors to promote healthy lifestyles. Hiking, walking, biking, and rock climbing are just a few of the many ways to get outside and enjoy nature, while also increasing your energy and stamina. With over 270 miles of trails for hiking and paved roads for biking, opportunities for exercise abound in the park.
The half-mile Oasis of Mara Nature Trail is located behind the Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms and is paved. Participants in this "Doctor/Ranger Walk" are advised to wear sturdy walking shoes and carry some water to stay hydrated
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...