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 »
Some Hiking Trails
Joshua Tree offers an extensive network of trails of varying length and difficulty. Here are a few day hikes to consider.
California Riding and Hiking Trail Thirty-five miles of the California Riding and Hiking Trail pass through pinyon/juniper forests, Joshua tree forests and creosote-dominated lowlands. You can access the trail at Black Rock Campground, Upper Covington Flats, Ryan Campground, Twin Tanks parking, and just south of north entrance. Two to three days are required to hike the entire length but shorter hikes of 4, 6.7, or 11 miles (6.4, 10.7, or 17.6 km) are possible. If you will be out overnight you will need to park and register at a backcountry registration board.
Boy Scout Hiking and Equestrian Trail
The trail extends eight miles from the Indian Cove backcountry registration board through a sandy wash, climbing through steep mountains and rocky canyons as it winds around the western edge of the Wonderland of Rocks to the Keys West backcountry registration board. You must park and register at a backcountry registration board if you will be out overnight.
Did You Know?
The red-spotted toad is a true denizen of the desert, where it spends most of its life underground. Found from one end of the park to the other, it appears after good, soaking rains. More...