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 »
Pinto Basin Road Will Partially Reopen
Nine miles of the flood-damaged Pinto Basin Road will reopen at Noon on Friday, September 30. The segment of road that will reopen for public traffic extends from the present closure at White Tank Campground to the Ocotillo Patch pullout. This will allow public access to the popular Cholla Cactus Garden. Click here to see a map.
In addition to Pinto Basin Road from I10 to the Ocotillo Patch, Black Eagle Mine, Old Dale, Pinkham Canyon, and Thermal Canyon 4-wheel-drive roads remain closed. Cottonwood Campground and Visitor Center, Cottonwood Spring, and the hiking trails originating at the spring are also closed.
"Park staff are working with Federal Highways Administration engineers to determine how quickly and under what circumstances the Pinto Basin Road can be safely reopened, said Superintendent Mark Butler. We are looking at a phased reopening that will allow us to ensure public safety. In the meantime we ask visitors to observe posted closures so that essential repair work can be accomplished as fast as possible."
Also opening at Noon on Friday are the campgrounds and campsites that were closed for the summer due to low visitation. With the exception of Cottonwood Campground, all park campsites will be available for visitor use by Friday night.
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...