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 »
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?
The reptiles of Joshua Tree National Park include one tortoise, 18 lizards, and 25 varieties of snakes. More...