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October 20, 2014
Joshua Tree National Park Proposes Fee Increase
Joshua Tree National Park will hold a town hall meeting on November 6, 2014 to discuss possible fee increases in 2015. The current park entrance fees have been in place since 2006.

October 16, 2014
Black Rock Road to be Repaved
Joshua Tree National Park staff are excited to announce that the Yucca Valley Town Council has voted unanimously to repair the Black Rock Canyon Road. This road serves as the main entrance into the western portion of Joshua Tree National Park, leading directly to one of the busiest campgrounds and to Black Rock Nature Center.

October 07, 2014
Campgrounds Open at Joshua Tree National Park
All campgrounds at Joshua Tree National Park have reopened for the season. This includes Belle, Black Rock, Cottonwood, Hidden Valley, Indian Cove, Jumbo Rocks, Ryan, Sheep Pass, and White Tank campgrounds.

September 26, 2014
Joshua Tree National Park Welcomes Superintendent David Smith
Joshua Tree National Park employees gathered Wednesday morning, September 24, to welcome Superintendent David Smith, who assumed his new role on Monday. Smith spoke about his leadership priorities and fielded questions from park staff.

September 09, 2014
Volunteer at Joshua Tree National Park for National Public Lands Day
Volunteers are invited to Joshua Tree National Park to participate in the 21st annual National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. National Public Lands Day is the largest single day of volunteerism each year on America’s public lands.

August 26, 2014
Joshua Tree National Park and Association Accepting Applications for Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grants
Graduate students interested in doing research in Joshua Tree National Park are invited to apply for assistance through the 2014 Robert Lee Graduate Student Research Grants program. Applications for the grant are available now on the park’s website (http://www.nps.gov/jotr/naturescience/grantprogram.htm). Research proposals should focus on some aspect of the natural or cultural resources of Joshua Tree National Park. The application deadline is October 10, 2014.

August 22, 2014
Joshua Tree Celebrates 98th Birthday of the National Park Service
Joshua Tree National Park will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by offering free admission on Monday, August 25, 2014.

July 25, 2014
Enjoy Ranger Programs During Summer Months at Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park announces ranger programs for the remainder of the summer and invites the public to attend. “There is something for everyone,” states Interim Superintendent Todd Suess. “We are offering evening campfire programs, hikes, talks on the patios, and a desert story time for children.”

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.

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?

Desert Queen Ranch branding iron

In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...