• 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.

Proposed Action Chosen For Road Reconstruction

The National Park Service will host a public meeting on September 16 from 9 to
11 am at park headquarters, located at 74485 National Park Drive
in Twentynine Palms, to inform the public of the preferred alternative selected
and address comments and action items discussed at the July 28th public meeting for the
reconstruction and rehabilitation of approximately 23.5 miles of Pinto Basin Road in Joshua
Tree National Park.

The proposed action will include widening, realigning, and modifying the existing 20- to
22-foot-wide paved road to a 24-foot- wide road, with a design speed of 35 or 45 miles
per hour. The speed limit would depend on the location along the roadway. The proposed
action will redesign and realign the road to improve sight distance at Cholla Cactus Garden, Porcupine Wash, and at the Pinkham Canyon Road intersection.

The proposed action is part of a phased effort to rehabilitate many of the park's primary
roadways in accordance with the 1995 General Management Plan. The primary objective of
the project would be to improve road safety conditions on Pinto Basin Road.

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...