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 »
Temporary Road Closure Planned
The five-mile stretch of Park Boulevard between North Entrance and the turn-off to Cottonwood Spring will be closed for repairs from Tuesday, September 2 at 6 a.m. until Thursday, September 4 at 6 a.m.
During the closure, park staff will repave a large section of road that was undercut by a thunderstorm that flooded parts of the park on August 4. Rocks, mud, and storm debris were removed shortly after the storm; the repaving project will complete the repairs.
Pinto Basin Road, which connects Cottonwood Spring with Park Boulevard will remain open, and visitors may enter and exit the park at both the West Entrance in Joshua Tree and the South Entrance at Cottonwood Spring.
Summer thunderstorms, even when they occur miles away, can result in flash floods that present very quickly and with great force, washing out roads and creating hazardous conditions for park visitors. Travelers should monitor conditions and be prepared to take action if flash-flood warnings are issued.
Visitors may call 760.367.5500 for current conditions within the park.
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...