• 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 to Host Public Forum on Cultural Heritage

During the week of June 10-12, 2008 a group of visiting scholars, hosted by the National Park Service, will be visiting Joshua Tree National Park to reflect on scholarly perspectives related to the park’s history and cultural heritage. Members of the group include Sue Ferentinos, the public history manager for the Organization of American Historians; Cindy Ott, assistant professor of American studies at St. Louis University; Raymond Rast, assistant professor of history at California State University-Fullerton; Laura Watt, assistant professor of environmental studies and planning at Sonoma State University; and David Louter, the history program manager for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service. Among the issues they will address are the National Park Service history program and how it relates to the preservation and interpretation of cultural and historic sites at Joshua Tree National Park.

The culmination of the scholars’ visit will be a panel discussion and public forum on Wednesday, June 11, from 7 until 8:30 pm, at the Black Rock Nature Center located in the Black Rock Campground of Joshua Tree National Park, 9800 Black Rock Canyon Road, Yucca Valley, California

Members of the community are encouraged to attend, ask questions of the panel, and offer input. The program is free and reservations are not required. For additional information, you may call 760-367-5527.

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a tarantula

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