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.
Pinto Basin Road Reopened
Joshua Tree National Park reopened Pinto Basin Road for visitor use on Tuesday, November 1. Cottonwood Visitor Center is once again open to welcome visitors. Cottonwood Campground and Cottonwood Spring Oasis will remain closed as repairs to the campground and area trails have not yet been completed.
Pinto Basin Road has been closed since September 13 due to flash flood damage caused by approximately three inches of rain that fell in the area during a torrential rainstorm. The road is open for two-lane travel along its entire length, however, there remain several short unpaved sections where travelers should reduce speeds and exercise caution.
Did You Know?
When cornered by a predator, a tarantula will rub its hind legs over its abdomen, brushing hairs into its enemy’s eyes. More...