Pinto Basin Road Under Construction; Expect travel delays up to 30-minutes
The ongoing construction project to improve Pinto Basin Road will impact travel between the northern portion of the park and the Cottonwood/I-10 area. Please plan accordingly. The project is expected to be completed in August 2014. 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.
Access to some Cottonwood trails remains closed
Trail access remains closed to Cottonwood Spring Oasis, Lost Palms Oasis, and Mastodon Peak. More »
Fee Waiver Requirements
Entrance-fee waivers are granted to bona fide academic institutions that are using the park to study park resources. In accordance with 36 CFR 71.13 (d), three criteria must be met before a fee waiver can be granted:
To request an entrance-fee waiver for your university or college group, fill out the fee-waiver application and email, fax (760-367-5586), or mail it to:
In most cases your application must be received at least 30 days prior to your proposed visit. If approved, the application will be signed and returned to you.
Applications cannot be approved at the park entrance stations or visitor centers. Verbal waivers will not be granted.
Each vehicle must have a copy of the waiver in their possession during their entire visit. Students arriving without the waiver will be charged an entrance fee.
If you have questions regarding the fee waiver process, you may contact the fee supervisor by calling 760-367-5549 or by email.
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