• 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.

Good Climbing Practices

Stay On Defined Trails
Multiple paths to the same cliff or boulder-"social trails"-damage vegetation, destroy animal burrows, and promote the spread of exotic plants. Paths to popular climbing areas are marked with brown posts. Please follow these marked trails or, when not marked, the most defined trail.

Don't Bust The Crust
Biological soil crusts contain a complex community of micro-organisms that help to keep the sand in place and provide nutrients and moisture so plants can grow. Thick crusts can be seen as lumpy black areas, much like fungus. When you walk on these living soils, the micro-organisms die. So please don't "bust the crust" by creating another social trail-even if it is the shortest distance to your climb.

Climb Clean
Some of Joshua Tree's climbing areas are in designated wilderness and, accordingly, must remain "with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable."
Avoid altering the rock by "nailing" or "gardening."
Never fabricate holds or change the nature of established climbs.
Do not anchor or tie off on vegatation
Use neutral or rock-colored stainless steel fixed anchors and corresponding hangers, rappel rings, quick links, and chains.

Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Don't disturb the natural quiet of Joshua Tree by playing loud music.
Ask for permission if you wish to climb in an occupied campsite
Limit the size of your group and share the rock
Never leave a top-rope unattended

Reduce Your Impact When Bouldering
Place your crashpad carefully at the base of the boulder.
Carry your crashpad rather than dragging it.
Minimize the size of your group.
Don't cut or break tree limbs, remove lichens, or damage vegetation.
Clean off chalk holds and tick marks when you are done.

Leave Your Dog at Home
While pets are allowed in the park, their activities are restricted. They must be on a leash at all times and cannot be more than 100 feet from a road, picnic area, or campground. They are prohibited from trails, and they must never be left unattended-especially in a vehicle. Desert heat can be deadly to your pet. Park temperatures peak at over 100°F, turning the inside of your car into an oven. If your dog is at the base of a climb while your partner is bringing you up, then your dog is unattended.

Your canine companion may be a model of good behavior, but dogs are predators and their mere presence stresses wildlife. Dog waste poses the same disposal problems as human waste, and even a tied dog can destroy vegetation.

Did You Know?

Pinto Point

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...