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    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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  • 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.

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?

Desert Queen Ranch branding iron

In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...