Pinto Basin Road Renovation
Pinto Basin Road is being renovated. On weekdays you may encounter travel delays of up to 30 minutes. Cholla Cactus Garden is closed on weekdays. Cottonwood Visitor Center hours are 9 to 4 on weekdays, 8 to 4 weekends. More »
Rattlesnake Canyon Remains Closed
To provide additional time to mitigate the vandalism, Rattlesnake Canyon will remain completely closed to the public until further notice. More »
Quail Fire 35% Contained
Firefighters achieved 35% containment of the Quail Fire with no significant growth in the fire perimeter as of Monday evening. Precise mapping of the fire perimeter pegged its size at 269.2 acres.
Fire management objectives for tonight and Tuesday are: 1) to increase containment along the south edge of the fire where it is burning in rocky, tree- and brush-covered slopes, 2) firefighter safety, and 3) preservation of wilderness resources. Barring unanticipated changes in fire behavior, fire officials hope to achieve 90% containment of the fire by Tuesday evening with full containment projected by 6 pm Wednesday.
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...