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?
The red-spotted toad is a true denizen of the desert, where it spends most of its life underground. Found from one end of the park to the other, it appears after good, soaking rains. More...