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.
Search Continues for Missing Hiker
The National Park Service has temporarily closed hiking and equestrian trails in Black Rock Canyon and vacinity as the search for Edward Rosenthal, missing since last Friday, contines. Black Rock Campground will remain open.
Wednesday’s search plan calls for more extensive searching of high probability trails and extending the search to include social trails, paths, natural corridors, and other undesignated routes throughout the area.
Approximately 50 search personnel from Joshua Tree Search and Rescue and San Bernardino County Search and Rescue will conduct ground search and equestrian patrols. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office will provide a helicopter for search activity as well as operations, planning, and logistical support.
Hiking trails leaving from Black Rock Campground and extending to Upper and Lower Covington Flats and on to Eureka Peak have been closed to assist in the search operation. High View Nature Trail, the road to Eureka Peak, and trails from Upper and Lower Covington Flats extending south and east to Juniper Flats and Quail Mountain remain open for public use.
Rosenthal is a Caucasian male, 5 foot 5 inches in height, weighing 155 pounds, with short, brown hair and brown eyes. When last seen he was wearing eyeglasses, a tan shirt, tan pants, and a tan wide-brimed hat with a tail for sun protection. He was carrying a black camelback-style backpack.
Anyone traveling in the area who might have seen Edward Rosenthal or someone matching his description is asked to call the Federal Interagency Communications Center at 909-383-5652.
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...