• Sunrise at the Cholla Cactus Garden

    Joshua Tree

    National Park California

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  • 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 »

Climbing Closures

Some areas of the park are permanently closed to rock climbing and bouldering due to their proximity to sensitive resources or private property. Other areas are closed temporarily to protect sensitive wildlife.

 

Temporary Climbing and Bouldering Closures

In the Rattlesnake Canyon area due to nesting raptors:
Slatlantic Area
Rattlesnake Buttress
Margaret Thatcher Spire
The Stepping Stones
The Bulkhead
The Dunce Cap
Commissioner's Buttress

In the Hidden Valley area due to nesting raptors:
Climbing Routes -
Patagonia Pile (East & West Faces)
The Head
Labor Dome
Wall of Biblical Fallacies

Bouldering routes -
Iron Door Cave
Voices
Tidal Wave
Tilt-O-Meter
Lizzy
Dino's Egg
Chuchwalla

The entire "Towers of Uncertainty" climbing area due to nesting raptors.

Permanent Climbing and Bouldering Closures

Rock Climbing Routes

  • Energy Crisis, on the east side of Little Hunk formation
  • The Schwarzenegger Wall, at the north end of Rockwork Rock formation
  • Zombie Woof Rock formation
  • The Maverick Boulder formation

Bouldering Problems

  • Pictograph Boulder, at the base of Queen Mountain
  • Shindig, on Indian Cave Boulder
  • Lonely Stones Area #3
  • The Shipwreck formation
  • The entire Indian Wave Boulders circut, except for Native Arete
  • Wormholes, in The Underground

Private Property

  • The private property across from the Hemingway parking area
  • Keys Ranch Visitors to the ranch must be accompanied by a park ranger; scheduled tours are available.

Did You Know?

Mojave Mound Cactus Bloom

With nearly 750 species of vascular plants, Joshua Tree is renowned for its plant diversity. No wonder that when the area was first proposed for preservation in the early 1930s, the name suggested was Desert Plants National Park. More...