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.
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?
Humans have occupied the area encompassed by Joshua Tree National Park for at least 5,000 years. The first group known to inhabit the area was the Pinto Culture, followed by the Serrano, the Chemehuevi, and the Cahuilla. More...