• 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.

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?

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...