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 »
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.
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