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    Joshua Tree

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  • 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.

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July 23, 2014
Interim Superintendent Named at Joshua Tree National Park
Todd Suess, Deputy Superintendent at Olympic National Park since February 2010, has been appointed to the position of interim superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park following the retirement of Mark Butler on March 2, 2014, and the completion of the first interim assignment by Andrea Compton.

July 18, 2014
Tourism to Joshua Tree National Park creates $62,929,900 in Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,383,341 visitors to Joshua Tree National Park in 2013 spent $62,929,900 in communities near the park. That spending supported 770 jobs in the local area.

July 17, 2014
Selections Made for 2014-2015 Joshua Tree National Park Artist-in-Residence Program
Joshua Tree National Park and its partner, the Joshua Tree National Park Association, are pleased to announce the selections for the 2014-2015 Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program. Four visual artists and a multimedia artist were invited to participate in the program’s seventh year of providing a unique residential opportunity to artists from around the nation.

July 17, 2014
David Smith Named as Joshua Tree Superintendent
David Smith has been selected as the new superintendent for Joshua Tree National Park in California.

July 02, 2014
Enjoy a Safe Fourth of July Holiday
We welcome visitors to enjoy Joshua Tree National Park this Fourth of July. Due to excessive heat, drier than normal conditions and high fire danger we encourage you to read the following tips and reminders to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday for everyone.

May 29, 2014
Park Will Close Some Campgrounds for Summer Season
Park Will Close Some Campgrounds for Summer Season

May 08, 2014
Park Employees Receive National Recognition for Valor
Two park employees receive recognition for valor for actions taken while on duty.

April 10, 2014
Climbing Area Temporarily Closed for Nesting Raptors
Nesting raptors cause temporary closure of "Towers of Uncertainty" climbing area.

April 08, 2014
Annual Butterfly Count Reveals Rare Find
A butterfly species new to Joshua Tree National Park was discovered in the Cottonwood area.

April 01, 2014
Busy Weekend for Search and Rescue at Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Protection Rangers, along with volunteer Joshua Tree Search and Rescueteam members (JOSAR) responded to several incidents in the park this weekend.

March 28, 2014
Climbing and Bouldering Routes Temporarily Closed Due to Nesting Raptors
The climbing routes affected by this closure include: Patagonia Pile-(East and West Faces), The Head, Labor Dome and Wall of Biblical Fallacies. Bouldering routes in the closure area include: Iron Door Cave, Voices, Tidal Wave, Tilt-O-Meter, Lizzy, Dino’s Egg, and Chuckwalla bouldering area.

March 10, 2014
Acting Superintendent Named to Joshua Tree National Park
Andrea Compton, Chief of Resources Management, has been appointing Acting Superintendent for Joshua Tree National Park.

March 05, 2014
Youth Conservation Corp Applications Available
Applications are being accepted for the 2014 Youth Conservation Corp programs at Joshua Tree National Park. Applications are available at park headquarters in Twentynine Palms, CA.

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Joshua Tree National Park Creates Economic Benefit of Over $62 Million
Tourism to Joshua Tree National Park Creates Over $6.2 Million in Economic Benefit Report shows visitor spending supports 770 jobs in local economy

February 26, 2014
Local Artist Honored in Department of Interior Gallery
Local photographer, David Jesse McChesney, will have his stunning image added to a collection of parklands images.

February 24, 2014
Climbing Routes Temporarily Closed for Nesting Raptors
Climbing routes near Indian Cove Campground closed due to nesting raptors.

February 12, 2014
Celebrate Presidents Day weekend with free entry to your parks
The National Park Service celebrates Presidents' Day by waiving all entrance fees February 15-17, 2014.

January 29, 2014
Pinto Basin Road Construction Project to Begin in Joshua Tree National Park
A road construction project on the Pinto Basin Road is set to begin in Joshua Tree National Park, February 10, 2014.

January 27, 2014
Free One-Day Workshop at Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National park hosts a Phenology Workshop, February 1, 2014.

January 24, 2014
Mark Butler, Superintendent at Joshua Tree National Park to Retire
Mark Butler, Superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park announces retirement after almost 38 years of service.

January 02, 2014
Fallen Climber Rescued From Cliff
Kennya Pimentel, a 20-year-old resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, fell Wednesday, January 1, while climbing Hemmingway Buttress in Joshua Tree National Park. Ms Pimentel fell about six feet and became wedged in a crevice.

December 18, 2013
Joshua Tree To Partner With NatureBridge
Joshua Tree and NatureBridge will explore youth-oriented residential environmental science programs in the park.

December 07, 2013
Art Show Winners Announced At Gallery Ceremony
John Tierny received the Artist of Distinction Award and Robert Fogal, David Green, John Greenfield, and Karine Swinson were each honored with Artist Awards. Over 300 people attended the opening reception and awards ceremony at the 29 Palms Art Gallery.

Did You Know?

Mojave Mound Cactus Bloom

With nearly 750 species of vascular plants, Joshua Tree is renowned for its plant diversity. No wonder that when the area was first proposed for preservation in the early 1930s, the name suggested was Desert Plants National Park. More...