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 »
Quail Fire At 90% Containment
Fire officials announced today that the Quail Fire at Joshua Tree National Park was now 90% contained with a projection for control of the fire by 6 pm, Thursday. The fire acreage remains unchanged at 273 acres.
Incident Command for the Quail Fire will revert tomorrow from Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mary Stock back to the National Park Service's Aaron Kendall. Joshua Tree National Park also plans to reopen the Keys View Road to public traffic tomorrow at 8 am.
Hot weather conditions moderated somewhat today with increased cloud cover allowing firefighters to reach their goal for 90% containment of the fire. Three hand crews and three engines were tasked to the fire today including personnel from the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Cal Fire, and Joshua Tree National Park. A total of 75 fire personnel worked the Quail Fire on Wednesday.
Objectives today were to tighten the fire line, carry out mop up activities, and begin to rehabilitate the area from the effects of the fire and from firefighting activities. Resource advisors from the park began the task of assessing the impacts of the fire in preparation for eventual restoration of the burn area.
On Thursday, one hand crew will remain at the Quail Fire with the focus shifting to rehabilitation and resource recovery. One engine from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and an engine from the Bureau of Land Management will assist with the fire recovery effort. Park visitors using the Keys View Road are asked to drive cautiously and be alert to the presence of firefighting trucks and equipment still working in the area.
Did You Know?
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...