• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    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.

Cottonwood Spring and Trails Reopened

February 3, 2012 -

The fan palm oasis at Cottonwood Spring, Lost Palms Oasis Trail, and the Mastodon Mine Loop Trail, which were closed last September due to flooding, are once again open for park visitors to enjoy. Cottonwood Campground remains closed, as is the wash immediately below Cottonwood Spring. Park visitors are cautioned to obey all remaining closures.

On September 13, a thunderstorm dumped more than three inches of rain on the Cottonwood area washing out Pinto Basin Road and damaging Cottonwood Campground and cultural and historic features near Cottonwood Spring. Pinto Basin Road was reopened in late October and Cottonwood Visitor Center opened on November 3. Park crews are presently repairing picnic tables, grills, and eroded campsites for the scheduled reopening of Cottonwood Campground on February 17.

One benefit from last fall's rain is the presence of early spring wildflowers in the southern part of Joshua Tree National Park. More than 60 species of desert wildflowers are blooming in the area, and the park recently issued its first spring wildflower report.

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...