• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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  • 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 »

Park Visitor Commits Suicide

Release Date: July 22, 2013
Contact: Jennie Kish Albrinck, 760-367-5520

Over the weekend, a man died in Joshua Tree National Park of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

On the evening of July 20, 2013, the park received an emergency call reporting that an armed man was en-route to Joshua Tree National Park and was planning to kill himself in the Skull Rock area, near Jumbo Rocks Campground. Park rangers, Riverside County Sherriff's officers and California Highway Patrol officers responded to the incident.

As a precautionary measure and to ensure visitor safety, park rangers temporarily closed Skull Rock Trail and evacuated campers from Jumbo Rocks Campground.

Rangers located the man's body north of the Skull Rock area on Sunday morning. Both Skull Rock Trail and Jumbo Rocks Campground were reopened mid-day on Sunday. The incident remains under investigation.

For more information, please contact the Riverside County Sheriff's office.

Did You Know?

Joshua Tree Blooms

One of the most beautiful spectacles in spring is the creamy-white blossoms of Joshua trees. These white candles can be seen from February to late March. Joshua trees do not branch until after they bloom, and they don’t bloom every year. More...