• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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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.

Rock Climber Sustains Head Injury in Fall

Park Rangers and local rescue personnel responded Tuesday, February 14, to a report of an injured rock climber at Joshua Tree National Park. Michael Mullen, 30, of San Diego, California, was climbing with companions on the Outer Mongolia rock formation. Mullen was on belay when he lost his footing and fell an estimated 50 feet at approximately 1 pm. He sustained a head injury, cuts and abrasions and was treated at Loma Linda Hospital.

Park emergency personnel received notice of the accident at 1:30 pm Park rangers and Joshua Tree Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the incident as well as National Park Service Fire Engine 3632, Morongo Basin Ambulance, San Bernardino County Engine 36, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's Department helicopters Air Rescue 5 and 40 King 6 also supported the rescue operation. Approximately 20 search-and-rescue personnel were involved in the incident. Park Ranger Jimmy Pritchett was Incident Commander.

Mullen received emergency treatment for his injuries and at 4 pm was taken by helicopter to Loma Linda for further medical treatment. The National Park Service advises the use of helmets for all climbing and bouldering activity in the park.

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