Pinto Basin Road Renovation
Pinto Basin Road is being renovated. On weekdays you may encounter travel delays of up to 30 minutes. Cholla Cactus Garden is closed on weekdays. Cottonwood Visitor Center hours are 9 to 4 on weekdays, 8 to 4 weekends. More »
Rattlesnake Canyon Will Remain Closed Through May
To provide additional time to mitigate the vandalism, Rattlesnake Canyon will remain completely closed to the public for another 30 days. More »
Joshua Tree To Host Venus Transit Event
Joshua Tree National Park will host a viewing opportunity as the planet Venus passes directly between Earth and the sun on Tuesday, June 5. Event activities will be held at the Oasis Visitor Center at 74485 National Park Drive in Twentynine Palms.
The Venus Transit will begin locally at 3:05 pm and last until the sun sets at approximately 7:53 pm. This rare celestrial occurance will be the last opportunity for anyone alive today to witness this unusual planetary alignment as the next Venus Transit visible from Earth is not predicted until the year 2117.
Here is the schedule of activities:
For further information about the Venus Transit viewing activity at Joshua Tree National Park, contact Night Sky Ranger Pam Tripp at 760-367-5534.
Safe Viewing Techniques: Viewing the Venus Transit poses the same dangers to the eyes as watching a solar eclipse. Never look directly at the sun! Never look at the sun through binoculars or a telescope unless you have approved solar filters! Sunglasses are NOT adequate!
For more information and other ways to participate in the Transit of Venus, visit:
Did You Know?
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...