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.
Missing Hiker's Tracks Located
Search operations shifted focus today after clear indications of Culver City resident Edward Rosenthal’s presence were discovered in a location south of the original search area. Foot prints believed to be Rosenthals were followed off-trail into a rugged region of the Little San Bernardino Mountains.
A San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office helicopter and ground search teams combed a region several miles south of the original search area finding additional tracks but without finding the missing hiker. Ground teams also searched from the park's south boundary north today.
A total of 40 personnel were tasked to the search including ground and equestrian teams, search dogs, trackers, and a helicopter crew. Search teams and support staff from Joshua Tree National Park, Joshua Tree Search and Rescue, and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office continued their efforts on the Rosenthal incident. They were joined by newly arrived teams were from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office Sierra Madre Search & Rescue, Riverside County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue, and search personnel from the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Incident commanders are planning a full day of search activity for tomorrow concentrating on the area where Rosenthal’s tracks appear to be leading. The search area is now focused on an area of deeply cut canyons, ravines, and rocky ridges between Black Rock Canyon and Desert Hot Springs.
Did You Know?
Five of North America's 158 desert fan palm oases are located in Joshua Tree National Park, where fault lines force water to the surface. More...