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 »
Public Invited to Open House on Future of Oasis Visitor Center
Joshua Tree National Park, in partnership with the City of Twentynine Palms, will conduct a design workshop October 20-22, 2008 to identify options and concepts for the future development of the Oasis Visitor Center located at the park’s headquarters in Twentynine Palms.
The workshop will be facilitated by project planners from the National Park Service’s Denver Service Center and by Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects. In conjunction with a design charrette (Charrette is a French word for an intensive, short-term planning process.), a public open house will be held to seek input and ideas from interested parties on the scope and direction of the Oasis Visitor Center redesign project.
The Open House session will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Open House will have the following agenda:
The Open House will be held at the Oasis Visitor Center located at 74485 National Park Drive, adjacent to the intersection of National Park Drive and Utah Trail.
The Oasis Visitor Center design workshop will address a variety of issues including present and future visitor use, visitor and employee parking, picnic and other public-use areas, restrooms, exhibit themes, auditorium and multi-purpose meeting space, education programming, community partnerships, collections storage and management, bookstore and other sales space, office and storage space, and the integration of current and future park operations identified for the headquarters area in the park’s current General Management Plan.
For additional information about the Oasis Visitor Center project and the design workshop, contact park facility manager, John Slaughter at 760-367-5680.
Did You Know?
The red-spotted toad is a true denizen of the desert, where it spends most of its life underground. Found from one end of the park to the other, it appears after good, soaking rains. More...