• 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.

Park Seeks JOSAR Volunteers

Joshua Tree National Park will host an informational meeting to recruit new volunteers for its volunteer search-and-rescue team, JOSAR. The meeting will be held on February 18, 2011 at 7 p.m. The location for the meeting is the park’s Black Rock Visitor Center at 9800 Black Rock Canyon Road in Yucca Valley.

Since 1982, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue (JOSAR) has been providing search and rescue services in support of Joshua Tree National Park and surrounding communities. JOSAR is a member of the Mountain Rescue Association, and the Southeast Search and Rescue Council of California.

JOSAR has openings for new volunteer Technical Rope Rescue members. This team rescues injured or stranded climbers and hikers and supports the park in various other tasks. No training or experience is required. The park provides extensive training in high-angle rope rescue techniques, and incident management. You may participate as a rescue team member or in a support capacity for team operations.

If you enjoy teamwork, helping others, and the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park, interested volunteers are asked to come to the informational meeting. The opportunities, requirements, and range of time commitments for each level of participation will be discussed.

For more information, call Park Volunteer Coordinator Laureen Lentz at 760/367-5524.

Did You Know?

Fault map of the park

Joshua Tree is crisscrossed with hundreds of faults, and is a great place to see raw rocks and the effects of earthquakes. The famous San Andreas Fault bounds the south side of the park and can be observed from Keys View. More...