• 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.

Climbing Safety

JOSAR carryout of injured climber.

JOSAR volunteers and park rangers rescuing an injured climber.

Rock climbing has inherent risks and climbers assume complete responsibility for their own safety. The National Park Service does not maintain fixed anchors. We recommend that you climb with a partner and wear a helmet.

Be Prepared
Joshua Tree National Park is a maze of cliffs, canyons, washes, and boulders. The logistics of a rescue require time to dispatch members of the Joshua Tree Search and Rescue team, which may take several hours and require a long hike. Do not expect a hasty rescue; be prepared with extra water; clothing, food, and a first-aid kit.

In an emergency call the park dispatcher direct at 909-383-5651, or call 911. Be prepared with the names of the rock formation and climbing route, the nearest landmark, and a meeting place so that responders can be directed to the accident site.

Cell phone service is patchy and unreliable in much of the park. One emergency-only phone is attached to the bathroom in the Intersection Rock parking area next to Hidden Valley Campground. A second emergency-only phone is located at the ranger station at Indian Cove. Assistance is available at entrance stations and visitor centers, when they are open.

Please report all climbing related injuries to park dispatch at 909-383-5651, even those that do not require assistance.

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...