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.
Partial Reopening Of Pinto Basin Road
Release Date: August 30, 2013
Pinto Basin Road, which was closed after a storm on August 25, will be partially reopened on Monday, September 2, 2013. The road will be opened for visitor use between Park Boulevard and the Ocotillo Patch parking area. This will allow visitors access to the popular Arch Rock Nature Trail and Cholla Cactus Garden.
Debris continue to block the road further south, but the remainder of the road and Cottonwood Campground are expected to reopen before September 9, 2013. Further flooding over the holiday weekend could alter this timeline. Updates will be issued as conditions change.
Flash floods often catch people unaware. Use extreme caution when traveling in flood prone areas. Do not enter washes when water is running. Be observant of National Weather Service alerts and forecasts.
Did You Know?
In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...