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 »
Retrospective Exhibit Opens at Joshua Tree Visitor Center
As part of its 75th Anniversary celebration, Joshua Tree National Park announces the opening this week of a new exhibit featuring the work of past participants in the park’s Artist-in-Residence program. The show covers a span of 15 years and includes artists whose work was produced in the previous PASTA (Park Stewardship Through the Arts) program under the direction of Tim Terrell. Featured artists include plein-air painters Erin O’Connor of Wilson, Wyoming and Michael Shankman of San Francisco, California; photographer Georgina Frankel of St. Paul, Minnesota; encaustic painter Michael Teters of Plainville, New Jersey; Dianne Bennett, a retablo artist from Ojai, California; and painter Jessica Dunne of San Francisco, California.
The Joshua Tree Visitor Center is open from 8 am to 5 pm each day. Owned by the nonprofit Joshua Tree National Park Association, the visitor center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service to serve visitors to Joshua Tree National Park. Apart from the art exhibit, information and exhibits on Joshua Tree National Park are available, and park rangers and Association staff are on hand to assist the public and answer questions about visiting Joshua Tree National Park. Visitors can pick up federal recreation passes, books, and information about ranger programs and other visitor services available at the park.
Did You Know?
Humans have occupied the area encompassed by Joshua Tree National Park for at least 5,000 years. The first group known to inhabit the area was the Pinto Culture, followed by the Serrano, the Chemehuevi, and the Cahuilla. More...